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Schiff earns AHC distinction

Microbiology faculty member recognized by Academic Health Center for exceptional educational scholarship.

headshot of Leslie SchiffLeslie Schiff has been inducted into the Academic Health Center’s Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is one of four new members of the AHC faculty selected to become life-time members of the Academy for Excellence in Health Research or the Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Schiff is a member of the microbiology faculty, longtime director of undergraduate studies for the microbiology major, and associate dean for University curriculum in the U’s Office of Undergraduate Education.

“I am most proud of my contributions to improving disciplinary writing and critical thinking through coursework and experiences in the biological sciences,” says Schiff, who notes that “discussions around teaching with writing often catalyze other conversations about pedagogy and the curriculum.”

Schiff serves as the college’s writing-enriched curriculum liaison along with Sarah Hobbie. She also developed and teaches a two-semester support course for thesis writers in biology, as well as a writing-intensive course on the biology of viruses. She has received University and national awards for her teaching, including the Carski Award from the American Society for Microbiology, and the Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award.

Inductees to the Academies for Excellence advise the AHC on issues of competitiveness, educational mission and research strategy.