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Sharon Amacher

Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2020

Sharon Amacher, a professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics, has received the university’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, which annually recognizes up to 10 faculty for their teaching excellence. Awardees are nominated by students, faculty and alumni and are chosen by a committee of students, previous recipients and alumni.

Amacher’s research uses genetics, molecular biology and time-lapse imaging to examine how cells are sequentially determined to specific fates during the embryonic development of vertebrates. She earned her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Washington and has been at Ohio State since 2012.

“As an outstanding faculty member who balances a productive research program with outstanding teaching, mentoring and outreach, while completing more than her fair share of service, Sharon is incredibly deserving of this award,” wrote a faculty member who nominated Amacher.

“As a mentee under Sharon, I feel like I hit the jackpot,” wrote an undergraduate student in their nomination. “Every day I go into lab looking forward to being in an intellectually stimulating and challenging environment run by someone who cares passionately not only about her work but is also dedicated to seeing her lab members succeed.”

Recipients of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching are recognized with a $5,000 honorarium and are inducted into the Academy of Teaching.