Peter Sheldon wins Larew Award

Physics professor honored for distinguished teaching.


Professor of Physics Peter Sheldon

9/2/2009

Professor of Physics Peter Sheldon is the 2009-10 recipient of the Gillie A. Larew Award for Distinguished Teaching.

The honor was announced during Randolph College's Convocation ceremony on September 1, 2009.

The award is given annually to a member of the Randolph faculty who has demonstrated excellence as a classroom teacher.

In presenting the award, Dennis Stevens, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, praised Sheldon for his commitment to teaching in and out of the classroom. "He challenges students to see the world around them in new perspectives. His students talk about the excitement of seeing the practical application of theory."

Sheldon is active throughout the campus - from building a human-sized hamster wheel with the Society of Physics Students to launching projectiles across the quad during class. He is active in the College's Summer Research Program, working with a student on a book about the physics of roller coasters, as well as other projects.

An avid runner, Sheldon serves as assistant coach to the men's and women's cross country teams and in August 2009 finished his first Ironman Triathlon.