Goldsmith, Ashley and Mihail Named Recipients of Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching

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The University of Kentucky Office of the Provost has announced that Judy Goldsmith, professor in the Department of Computer Science, Jeffrey Ashley, Jr., lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Radu “Paul” Mihail, teaching assistant in the Department of Computer Science, will each receive a Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. The awards were established by the Office of the Provost to reward and encourage excellence in teaching. A maximum of six awards may be given from among the entire university’s faculty. Goldsmith’s award will be given from the category of regular and special title series, Ashley’s award will come from the category of lecturer and Mihail’s award is from the teaching assistant category.

Goldsmith has contributed to the burgeoning area of research known as “comparative decision making” by focusing on computational decision making, which she describes as, “computers making decisions and computers helping people make decisions.” In addition to her theoretical work involving algorithms and computational complexity pertaining to elections and tournaments, Goldsmith is interested in using models for planning under uncertainty to develop decision support systems and decision aids. Currently, she is working on a decision aid for rheumatoid arthritis patients.

In 2012, Ashley received the Henry Mason Lutes Award, which recognizes and rewards outstanding teaching accomplishments in the College of Engineering. Additionally, Ashley has won the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Outstanding Teacher Award as determined by the student body of the department every year since 2007.

“Dr. Ashley is an outstanding instructor,” said ECE department chair Larry Holloway. “He is demanding, but fair. He conveys energy and enthusiasm to his students and his students feel he really cares about their learning and their success.”

Mihail is currently teaching a course he originally proposed on graphics programming for computer games. He is a Ph.D. student of Goldsmith’s.

The Provost’s Award winners will be recognized at the Provost’s Awards Day ceremony, Thursday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m. in the Lexmark Public Room in the Main Building.


Kel Hahn, April 11, 2013