Ebru Ozer receives FIU Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching


Associate Professor Ebru Ozer, ASLA, has received a Faculty Award on Thursday, September 24th, for her success in the classroom and her cutting-edge research.

Professor Ozer was chosen for an Excellence in Teaching Award by the FIU Faculty Senate Honorary Degree and Awards Committee. The award recognizes her exceptional performance and provides a one-time $5,000 honorarium, an engraved award, and an FIU medal. The award was celebrated through a Faculty Convocation Award Ceremony and Banquet.  Professor Ozer was also invited to a luncheon hosted by FIU President, Mark B. Rosenberg, and Provost and Executive Vice President, Kenneth G. Furton, at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum.

Professor Ozer joined the FIU faculty in 2007.  She teaches community and regional design studios, landscape technology and construction courses, and advanced digital representation classes. Her teaching efforts have been consistently recognized through other awards and honors including design awards that were awarded to her students in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 by the American Society of Landscape Architecture Florida Chapter.

Along with her teaching, Professor Ozer has developed a substantial portfolio of research concentrating on the social and environmental contexts of design.  Her writings on sustainable landscape construction, sustainable infrastructure, and sustainability in park design have appeared in national and international journals and magazines including Urban Ecosystems and Landscape Architecture.  She also co-authored a book, Best Practices in Sustainable Building Design (2012), in this topic area.  Her research has been supported by grants from The United States Department of Education, the Florida Department of Transportation, the City of Sweetwater, The Metropolitan Center at FIU, the Cejas Family Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with The Wolfsonian-FIU.

Professor Ozer holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Louisiana State University (LSU), a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Dokuz Eylul University (Izmir, Turkey) and a Physics degree from Ege University (Izmir, Turkey).  During her time at LSU, her abilities were recognized with scholarships, honors, and awards, including the 2007 Dean’s Medal.  Prior to academia, Professor Ozer served as a practicing architect, from 2000 to 2005, in Istanbul.  Her work was comprised of a variety of projects which included restaurants, resort hotels, and residential villas.

Professor Ozer currently serves as an advisory member of the FIU Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Advisory Committee and is a member of the FIU President’s University Sustainability Committee. She is also a professional member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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