Published: Sep 16, 2013 5:00:00 PM
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David Umphress, associate professor in Auburn University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, is one of two recipients of the Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. He will be honored for his effective and innovative teaching methods, as well as a continuing commitment to student success through advising and mentoring both inside and outside the classroom, at the Faculty Awards Celebrating Excellence ceremony on Sept. 17. The faculty awards are presented by Timothy Boosinger, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and are the highest honors the university awards to faculty.
“The Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching demonstrates Auburn University’s recognition that teaching is valued, and that what goes on in the classroom is one of the most important things we do as a university,” says Umphress. “I’m grateful for the role I get to play in working with students.”
Umphress has been a member of the Auburn faculty since 1999. He has been recognized as an outstanding instructor by the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering five times, and received the William Walker Teaching Award from the College of Engineering in 2008. Umphress’ research interests include software engineering, cyber security, mobile device software development and Google Android. He earned a master’s degree and doctorate in computer science from Texas A&M University in 1978 and 1987, respectively.