Alarcon named President’s Professor
Ricardo Alarcon was recently named President’s Professor and recognized during Arizona State University’s 2013 Faculty Excellence Awards. A professor in the Physics Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Alarcon was honored for his substantial contributions to excellence in teaching, particularly through general studies and research mentorship. Alarcon is viewed as a pioneer in the use of digital teaching technologies in lecture classes, and he consistently earns favorable student evaluation scores. President’s Professorships honor faculty members who have made substantial contributions to undergraduate education at ASU. A variety of criteria are used to choose awardees, including mastery of subject matter, innovation in course and curriculum design, ability to engage students both within and outside the classroom, and scholarly contributions. Alarcon is a fellow of the American Physics Society, a leader in the field of nuclear physics and recently served on the National Research Council’s Committee on the Assessment and Outlook for Nuclear Physics.