Engineering Professor Dr. Luster-Teasley To Receive UNC Board Of Governors Excellence In Teaching Award

Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley, associate professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Chemical, Biomedical and Bioengineering has been named a 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System.

Dr. Luster-Teasley has served as a faculty member at North Carolina A&T State University for nine years and specializes in environmental engineering, remediation of soil and water, water sustainability, and engineering education. 

Dr. Luster-Teasley believes students can be successful at whatever goals they set forth as long as they are dedicated and willing to work.   She continually encourages her students to look beyond the textbook to understand challenging concepts and strives to educate her students for life, not just a career.  Dr. Luster-Teasley brings the excitement of real-world, hands-on experience into all of her engineering courses, driven by a deep commitment and care for her students’ learning.   She uses a variety of research-based, student-centered, pedagogical methods in her teaching, including problem-based and cooperative learning, cases, and technology-driven tools.    

Students consistently praise her for her passion, pedagogy, and commitment to student success.  As one of her students notes, “Dr. Luster-Teasley’s teaching methods are aimed at bringing out the best in all of her students. She incorporates strategic teaching methods that make you, as a student, want to engage in the classroom and ask questions.”  Another student adds: “She challenges students to give their best work on every assignment. She is passionate about her work and about seeing every student succeed.” As her nominator, the Student Government Association president at North Carolina A&T State University, observes: “Dr. Teasley does more than teach, she advises about life.  I think outstanding teachers do more than just relay material to a student and administer quizzes and exams.  I think they help mold their students into better individuals for society and Dr. Luster-Teasley does just that.”

As a professor, Dr. Luster-Teasley has demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and service.  Honors include the 2005 National Women of Color in Technology Educational Leadership Award, the 2006 NC A&T State University Rookie Researcher of the Year Award, and the 2008 NC A&T State University Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.  In 2010 she led the NC A&T State University team that developed the winning National 4-H Science Youth Day experiment used by millions of K-8 students worldwide.    Most recently, she received funding from the Department of Education for developing a mentoring program for students in STEM disciplines, the National Science Foundation for developing and implementing case studies modules in science labs, and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to implement science programs for middle school girls.   Overall, her disciplinary and science education research includes over $2,000,000 of funding.

Dr. Luster-Teasley received her BS degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (1996) and her MS in Chemical Engineering (2000) and PhD in Environmental Engineering (2003) from Michigan State University.  

Dr. Luster-Teasley is the wife of Edward Teasley, who is also a North Carolina A&T Chemical Engineering graduate (1995), and the mother of two boys, Edward Teasley II (16) and William Teasley (11).