CLEMSON — Clemson University Alumni Professor of Mathematical Sciences William “Billy” Bridges Jr. was chosen the recipient of the 2014 Extraordinary Educator Award by members of the Delta Alpha Pi (DAPi), Nu Chapter, an honor society for students with documented disabilities.

The DAPi Nu Chapter created the award in 2010 to recognize faculty members who create a welcoming classroom climate, provide clear expectations and timely feedback, explore ways to incorporate natural supports for learning, use a variety of instructional methods, use technology to enhance learning opportunities and encourage student-faculty dialogue.

“We had, for the first time since we founded the Nu Chapter at Clemson in 2008, the highest number of student inductees and the most nominations for individual faculty members to be considered for the educator award,” said Arlene Stewart, Student Disability Services director. “We were extremely pleased to present Billy with this recognition from the students.”

Bridges was chosen for his teaching style, willingness to work closely with students and making the classroom environment one that is open and inclusive for all students.

“He is highly regarded by his students. He is passionate about helping students and has a great willingness to work with all students, regardless of our learning styles,” said Brad Shaver, a student nominator. “As a student with a learning disability in math and ADHD, I never felt out of place in his statistics class.”

“This is quite an honor,” said Bridges, who joined the Clemson faculty in 1984 as an assistant professor. He earned his Bachelor of Science in biology and mathematics from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and his master’s and Ph.D. in statistics and genetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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