Students say 4 of the top teachers at Tech are civil and environmental engineering professors

Monday, 22 January 2018
Glaucio Paulino, Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy, Susan Burns and Donald Webster have been named four of the most-effective teachers at Georgia Tech, according to end-of-course surveys of their students.
Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy, associate chair for global engineering leadership and research development
Susan Burns, associate chair for undergraduate programs
Glaucio Paulino, Raymond Allen Jones Chair
Donald Webster, associate chair for administration and finance

Four professors in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering are some of Georgia Tech’s most-effective teachers, according to, perhaps, their most important constituents: the students who sit in their classes.

Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy, Susan Burns, Glaucio Paulino and Donald Webster each have won a Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award for 2017 based on the ratings their students gave them for communicating material in their classes and helping students learn.

The awards are reserved for only 40 instructors across Georgia Tech who receive at least a 4.9 out of 5 on end-of-course surveys that ask whether the instructor was an effective teacher. At least 85 percent of their students must respond to the surveys.

Paulino is the Raymond Allen Jones Chair in civil engineering. Amekudzi-Kennedy, Burns and Webster are part of the School’s leadership team, overseeing global initiatives, undergraduate education, and overall operations and budgeting, respectively. Burns has won the effectiveness award for two years straight and three times in the last four years. Webster was named a top teacher for the second time in three years.

The Center for Teaching and Learning based the awards on classes in fall 2016 and spring 2017. Winners will be officially recognized at Celebrating Teaching Day in March.