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Douglas Gentile

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University


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Psychology professor named Shakeshaft Master Teacher

AMES, Iowa - Douglas Gentile, assistant professor, department of psychology at Iowa State University, was named the Jerry Shakeshaft Master Teacher in Humanities and Social Sciences for the 2009-10 academic year in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The Shakeshaft Master Teacher is presented annually at Iowa State to an outstanding teacher in the humanities and social sciences. The award was established in memory of Jerry Shakeshaft by his family, friends and colleagues. Dr. Shakeshaft was a long-time political science professor at Iowa State who held a life-long dedication to the principle of undergraduate teaching.

Dr. Gentile has raised the teaching of large introductory courses to a new level at Iowa State. Although he teaches 1,000 students a semester, he adapts his teaching to multiple learning styles. He uses active learning techniques, media, demonstrations, and achieves high student engagement in large lecture halls. Colleagues at ISU have claimed that he has “an extraordinary gift for teaching,” and that “he has all the characteristics of a great teacher in any setting, but somehow he seems to be particularly effective in large introductory classes.” To use the words of one of his students in Introductory Psychology, “He is an awesome asset to ISU.”