The Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador award honors the memory of professor Klaus Timmerhaus, a member of the faculty of chemical and biological engineering at CU-Boulder from 1953 until his retirement in 1995. Timmerhaus received many honors, including being named to the National Academy of Engineering and being selected to the first group of President’s Teaching Scholars at the university. An active and enthusiastic advocate of teaching, Timmerhaus provided a bequest to support designated faculty members in promoting discussion of teaching and learning in schools and communities around the state.
Finkelstein was selected for the award because of his enthusiasm and vitality for teaching and learning, his leadership in his field of study, his success at advising and encouraging students, and his willingness to represent the enterprise of teaching at learning at CU.
He was chosen after a lengthy selection process. Finkelstein will begin his work in concert with the Timmerhaus Award committee consisting of teaching scholars from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Boulder; Klaus’s daughter, Carol Getty; and Klaus’s granddaughter, Kristina Getty.
Finkelstein’s first order of business will be to work with the committee to create goals. Ambassadors will present talks about education and learning around the state at a variety of venues for a period of one year.
This year, the awardee was selected from the Boulder campus, but in subsequent years, faculty across the system will be eligible to be honored with the award.