Faculty fellowship named in honor of Lipton, Modarres
To carry on the legacy of two outstanding faculty members, two Cal State L.A. alumni have established a fellowship in honor of Cal State L.A.’s Technology Professor Ethan Lipton and Geosciences Professor Ali Modarres. The alums shared that they were inspired by these faculty members, who have made a positive impact on their lives.
The Ethan Lipton/Ali Modarres Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring was created to acknowledge the importance of life-changing teaching practices and to encourage inspirational teaching and mentoring. The fellowship reflects another unique way CSULA alumni have made significant contributions to the quality of education at the University.
“The Lipton/Modarres Fellowship embraces the heart of what makes a university like Cal State L.A. so successful at improving student success—our faculty,” said Catherine Haras, director of the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning at CSULA. “It is wonderful to know that former students cherish the professors and education they received here to a point where they want to give back in such a generous way. Educators are always learning. It is in their nature. What better of a way to help students experience the same quality teacher/student relationship that these alumni experienced than to enable faculty learning?”
The fellowship provides support for a promising CSULA faculty member to further develop his/her skills in helping students reach their potential. A grant—in an amount up to $20,000—is available to support a one-year project that addresses teaching innovation, helps facilitate student learning, serves to inspire students to perform at their highest level, and invests in students’ personal development and professional preparation.