The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Robert Busch, clinical assistant professor, is the winner of the coveted Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award, 2019-2020. Busch was recognized by the undergraduate Student Association for his commitment and dedication to students. He was nominated for the award by his students. Upon news of the award, Busch's first thought was to acknowledge his students: “To all my students, over all the years, and in all the classes…for giving me the privilege of being your instructor, for making me into a better teacher, communicator, and human being, for the pleasure of watching you learn and succeed, and for the thrill of seeing you graduate and step into your dreams…from the bottom of my heart…THANK YOU.”
Dr. Gino Biondini, Department Chair, observes, "Rob Busch is an extremely dedicated teacher, and has been providing large numbers of undergraduate students with high-quality mathematics teaching for many years. The 2019-2020 Plesur award recognizes the outstanding work he does, and I am delighted that he was selected as a recipient."
Busch also won the Plesur Award in 2014-2015. He states, "My students have been incredibly gracious to me over the years. They are amazing young people."
This marks the second year in a row that a Math Department faculty member has won the Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award. The recipient of the 2018-2019 Plesur Award was Mark Marino. The Milton Plesur Award — named for Plesur, a beloved teacher and scholar in the Department of History — recognizes commitment to students and quality of teaching.