James Fox, professor of civil engineering, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Henry Mason Lutes Award for Excellence in Engineering Education.
Fox consistently receives excellent teaching evaluations for his courses, which include a challenging, required undergraduate civil engineering course—Introduction to Fluid Mechanics—that requires students to apply newly learned principles from calculus and physics. Fox’s average overall quality of teaching score for the course is 4.9 over the past five years.
A particularly noteworthy teaching contribution has been Fox’s ability to effectively teach Introduction to Fluid Mechanics as an interactive video course that is taught to students at UK and at the same time is projected and taught to the joint civil engineering program students at Western Kentucky University.
In his 15 years at UK, Fox has strongly impacted many students through his teaching activities. He summarizes his teaching philosophy as characterized by patience, commitment and enthusiasm. Students appreciate his balance of seriousness and encouragement and many have personally or anonymously thanked him for learning their name and showing passion for the subject matter.
Fox’s outstanding teaching abilities have resulted in him being selected by the civil engineering students as the Outstanding Faculty in Civil Engineering eight times and being elected as the Faculty Advisor of the civil engineering honorary Chi Epsilon.