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Faculty Awards for 2019

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Congratulations to our Faculty Award winners for 2019.

College of Liberal and Professional Studies Award for Distinguished Teaching in Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs

Nakia Rimmer, MA, MS
Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of Undergraduate Mathematics

Nakia Rimmer was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Youngstown State University in 1997 and then went on to receive a Master of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. He taught high school for 3 years at the prestigious J. R. Masterman High School in the School District of Philadelphia. After teaching at the Community College of Philadelphia, West Chester University and Villanova University, he decided to go back to school and received a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Delaware in 2006. While there, he taught a multivariable calculus course to advanced students at the renowned Charter School of Wilmington. In the fall of 2006, he came to work for the University of Pennsylvania full-time as a lecturer. Now the Associate Director of Undergraduate Mathematics, he is part lecturer and part administrator. In 2016, he won the School of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award for Affiliated Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as an advisor to many students, and during the past eleven summers, he has taught and mentored students in the Pre-Freshman Program run by the office of the Vice Provost of University Life. He is the father of two wonderful children, a son who is 16 and a daughter who is 12.

College of Liberal and Professional Studies Award for Distinguished Teaching in Professional Graduate Programs

Angela Duckworth, PhD
Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Founder and CEO, Character Lab

Angela Duckworth is the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. She is also the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change for Good Initiative, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics. A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, Angela has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA teams, NFL teams and Fortune 500 CEOs. Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a summer school for low-income children that was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study and, in 2018, celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary. She has also been a McKinsey management consultant and a math and science teacher in the public schools of New York City, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Angela completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Studies Neurobiology at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude. With the support of a Marshall Scholarship, she completed an MSc with Distinction in Neuroscience from Oxford University. She completed her PhD in Psychology as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Angela has received numerous awards for her contributions to K-12 education, including a Beyond Z Award from the KIPP Foundation. Angela’s TED talk is among the most-viewed of all time. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is a #1 New York Times bestseller.

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