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Contact:
Jonathan Potts
412-268-6094

For immediate release:
April 30, 2003

Carnegie Mellon Political Scientist Honored for Excellent Teaching

PITTSBURGH—The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University has named Silvia Borzutzky the winner of the 2002-03 Elliott Dunlap Smith Award, which is given annually by the college to honor excellent undergraduate teaching.

Borzutzky is a lecturer in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences and is acting director of the university's political science major. Since she came to Carnegie Mellon in 1988, Borzutzky has designed and taught 70 courses for more than 2,200 students.

"As evidenced in her nomination and testimonials from students and colleagues, Silvia's courses show great care and innovation in design, deft delivery in the dynamic classroom environments she creates and the rare talent to make each student feel as if he or she is the singular object of her attention and effort," said John Lehoczky, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Borzutzky has specialized in comparative governments and international relations. Her research has examined social security policies in Latin America and the impact of globalization on developing nations. She is the author of "Vital Connections: Politics, Social Security and Inequality in Chile."

"Dr. Borzutzky places great value on educated oral discourse. Whether in her office, in the classroom or in a public forum, she facilitates discussion and inspires students to participate," said Brian Namey, a senior major in international relations and ethics, history and public policy and the student body president at Carnegie Mellon.

Last year, Borzutzky launched the popular Pizza and Politics program, a monthly forum for students to gather over lunch and discuss current events and international issues. Borzutzky also holds an appointment in the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon.

"I love to teach. I find teaching to be a very rewarding and exciting experience, and I try to convey that to my students," Borzutzky said.

Elliott Dunlap Smith was provost of the Carnegie Institute of Technology from 1946 to 1959. He also was the Maurice Falk Professor of Social Relations. He and President Robert Doherty forged the Carnegie Plan for Professional Education, a program to train men and women to become creative and productive professionals.

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