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Bloustein School presents 2011 Jerome Rose Excellence in Teaching Awards

Rose Award Winners
Professor Stuart Shapiro (committee chair) and
Jerome Rose with the 2011 Rose Award Winners:
Gabriella Carolini, Haiyan Zhang, and Andrew

On October 12 the Bloustein School presented the Jerome Rose Excellence in Teaching Awards in a special lunchtime ceremony. The Rose Awards are presented to a full-time faculty member, an adjunct faculty member, and a teaching assistant each year. The recipients are nominated by graduate students from the Urban Planning and Public Policy Masters programs at the Bloustein School.

Professor Gabriella Carolini was presented the faculty award this year. Her research is on the dynamic relationship between social investments and current fiscal policies and public sector accounting practices. At the Bloustein School she teaches graduate courses on The History and Theory of Planning and Major Debates in International Development. She also teaches two courses for undergraduates, Introduction to Planning, Policy, and Health and Global Poverty. “Gabriella is always prepared for class and always has terrific and insightful answers for the questions students ask in class,” said one of her student nominators. “Her dedication to the school outside of the classroom is equally impressive. She has made an immediate impact and quickly became regarded as one of the top teachers in the school and as the ‘go-to person’ for students interested in international planning or policy.”

Andrew Zitcer is a fourth-year PhD student at the Bloustein School and and is also serving as part-time lecturer. His dissertation research examines the organizational dynamics of consumer food cooperatives and their relationship to their surrounding communities. He has a secondary research interest in the role of the arts in placemaking and community development. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Andrew helped to found the Rotunda, a community arts venue in Philadelphia and developed community partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and the surrounding neighborhoods of West Philadelphia. Andrew’s students describe him as helpful, motivating, and inspirational.  He created a collaboration between students of Bloustein School and Mason Gross School of the Arts through the Art and City Design course, which enhanced understanding of the impact of art on community development.

Haiyan Zhang is a Ph.D candidate in Bloustein School and is the recipient of the Teaching Assistant award. Her research focus is on patterns and driving forces of energy consumption and energy efficiency in China. She received her BS in Environmental Science and MS in Environmental Planning from Nanjing University, China.  Haiyan has also been involved in several research projects at the Rutgers Center for Green Building that investigate household energy and water use. She has being working as a TA Methods of Planning Analysis II since Spring semester 2010.  On her nomination, it was noted that, “Haiyan is dedicated to the art of teaching. Her students praise her willingness to go out of her way to help them. She listens carefully to her students and creates an environment where they feel comfortable enough to ask questions. She is an extremely patient teacher.

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