Stephanie Luster-Teasley (MS ’00, PhD ’03, Civ Egr) received the 2013 University of North Carolina Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award this spring. She is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering and Chemical, Biological, and Bioengineering at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she has served as a faculty member for nine years. Luster-Teasley specializes in environmental engineering, remediation of soil and water, water sustainability, and engineering education. She serves as a member of MSU’s CEE Professional Advisory Board.
Students consistently praise her passion, pedagogy and commitment to student success. As one of her students notes, "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 observed: "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, 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, from the National Science Foundation for developing and implementing case studies modules in science labs, and from the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation to implement science programs for middle school girls. Overall, her disciplinary and science education research includes more than $2,000,000 in funding.
She received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1996.