Raymond Cook
Excellence in Teaching, 2021

Dr. Raymond Cook is the embodiment of the student-centered faculty member, a hallmark of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. His students proclaim that he “is a prime example of what a professor should be! He goes far above and beyond to help.” Under his guidance as the undergraduate program director, civil engineering students learn to navigate the academic, social, and emotional transition to college life at UNH. Through it all, students have the benefit of a “fun and engaging” professor who is “always willing and available to help.”

Dr. Cook’s passion for his discipline is contagious as indicated by his students “Professor Cook is the sole reason I enjoy civil engineering so much.” Dr. Cook impressively teaches a full suite of introductory, fundamental skills, and design courses including bridge and timber design. Students remark that he creates a welcoming and engaging learning environment. The inclusion of actual “civil engineering feats and disasters” in his teaching materials has been identified as a key to student engagement. In the words of one of his students, “He has set the bar extremely high for my future professors.”

Beyond the classroom, Dr. Cook is committed to ensuring and celebrating the well-being and success of our students, as evidenced by his participation in numerous evening and weekend commitments. This commitment is reflected in the adoration expressed by many current and former students. I am pleased that Dr. Cook has received this well-deserved award.

About This Award

Each year, the University selects a small number of its outstanding faculty for special recognition of their achievements in teaching, scholarship, and service. Awards for Excellence in Teaching are given in each college and school, and University-wide awards recognize public service, research, teaching, and engagement.