Computer science professor Judy Goldsmith is the 2013 winner of the Henry Mason Lutes Award for Excellence in Engineering Education. The award, which recognizes and rewards outstanding teaching accomplishments, is annually given to its recipient at the annual Tau Beta Pi Awards Banquet.
In over 20 years at the University of Kentucky, Goldsmith has developed a well-earned reputation for excellence in teaching. In 2013 alone, she has received a Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in the tenured faculty category, the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Department of Computer Science and, now, the UK College of Engineering Henry Mason Lutes Award for Excellence in Engineering Education.
Goldsmith inspires students and often engages them in research projects. Many students have taken her courses and subsequently joined her research group. Several have pursued a Ph.D. with her as their advisor. Of particular interest to Goldsmith is that students improve their communication skills. To help students gain confidence and grow as effective public speakers, she runs a weekly research seminar where she works with students on their lecturing style and slide presentation.
Always innovating in the classroom, Goldsmith often allows students to choose from a variety of options for class projects, including demos, movie or book reviews and discussions of games. Recently, Goldsmith offered a class titled “Ethics in Science Fiction,” which quickly filled to capacity.
Goldsmith’s hard work and dedication to excellence as a mentor earned her the 1998 American Association for the Advancement of Science Mentoring Award. She takes her role as a mentor seriously, often making extra time for students who are members of underrepresented groups in computer science. In addition, she actively promotes the careers and work of her former students and colleagues.
Congratulations to Judy Goldsmith on her award and 20 years of dedication to the craft and profession of teaching!