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Dr. Steven Levitan receives 2014 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award

Read the full article by Liberty Ferda in the Pitt Chronicle.

PITTSBURGH (February 24, 2014) ... University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg has announced the winners of the 2014 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching, Research, and Public Service Awards.

Each awardee will receive a $2,000 cash prize and a $3,000 grant for support of their teaching, research or service activities-and will be recognized during the University of Pittsburgh's 38th annual Honors Convocation, to be held at 3 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 28, in Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. The event is free and open to the public.

Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award
Steven Levitan, PhD
John A. Jurenko Professor of Computer Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor Steven Levitan is recognized for his use of innovative teaching initiatives to help students become critical thinkers. Levitan employs a "flipped classroom" structure, a form of blended learning where what used to be homework is done interactively in class, and new content is learned in various ways, including by watching video lectures at home. Levitan has also developed new courses, such as Very Large Scale Integration Design, Computer Modeling, and the Digital Design Laboratory. In the award letter, Chancellor Nordenberg wrote that those models "have set the standard" for how the department teaches laboratory courses. Previous recognition of Levitan's excellence in teaching include his receipt of the 2010 Provost's Academic Council on Instructional Excellence Award and the Swanson School's 2013 Outstanding Educator Award.