Robert L. Duran of Canton was honored at the University of Hartford's 53rd annual Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 16, with the Roy E. Larsen Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Duran is a professor of communication in the University's College of Arts and Sciences. He teaches courses in small group communication, interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, and research methodology. If students' comments in course evaluations are any indication, Duran is setting the standard in teaching at the University: "I wanted to come to class," "the best teacher I've had," and "his enthusiasm is contagious." One student praises Duran for his "remarkable skills to teach, motivate, and engage students from diverse educational backgrounds."
Duran's commitment to teaching extends beyond the classroom and into his scholarship and service activities. He has published a number of articles, often with undergraduate and graduate students, on course development, course and program evaluation, and student-teacher interaction.
Additionally, he chaired the committee that produced the course evaluation form used throughout the University and worked with a team to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of the University's First-year Interest Group (FIG) program. Duran has directed or served as a reader on 20 theses, further demonstrating the priority he places on providing individual guidance and support to students.