Frank Ernst named the 2019 Jessica Melton Perry Distinguished Teacher

Frank Ernst

The Center for the Study of Writing selected Frank Ernst, chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering, to receive the 2019 Jessica Melton Perry Award for Distinguished Teaching in Disciplinary and Professional Writing. This award recognizes his outstanding commitment to and success in teaching disciplinary/professional writing to Case Western Reserve students.

Ernst has been recognized for his development and implementation of EMSE 768: Professional Writing in Materials Science. This course properly prepares students for scientific writing with a comprehensive spectrum of knowledge, skills and tools enabling them to fully focus on the scientific content of their thesis or publication when the time has come to start writing. Similar to artistic drawing, where the ability to "see" is as (or more) important as skills of the hand, the ability of proper scientific writing is intimately linked to the ability of critically reviewing scientific texts. The course gives students opportunities to practice both authoring and critical reviewing of material science texts. Learn more about the course.

Ernst will receive the award at the Writing Program Awards Ceremony and Reception on May 1.