At an awards ceremony on February 9, Computer Science Senior Lecturer Walker White was honored by Interim President Hunter Rawlings for excellent teaching of undergraduate students by being named a Stephen H. Weiss Provost's Teaching Fellow. Two annual Provost's Teaching Fellowship Awards are given to non-tenure track faculty with a commitment to teaching.
White directs the game Design Initiative at Cornell and is responsible for the undergraduate minor in game design, comprising several classes spread across multiple departments. He teaches two of its core courses in game design and architecture.
The selection committee cited his skill in managing a team of TAs to work well together and give all students one-on-one attention. Students describe White's teaching as masterful, with clear, concise and interesting lectures; and colleagues praises his leadership in the Game Design Initiative, in outreach to local schools, and in collaboration with other faculty to incorporate communication instruction requiring students to "write and speak while they design and code."