The John Toups Medal for Excellence in Teaching: Jeff Offutt, a computer science professor in the Volgenau School of Engineering. The Toups Medal honors a faculty member whose teaching exemplifies Mason’s commitment to transformative learning. Offutt, an instructor at Mason for 27 years, is a university Teaching Excellence Award winner and currently serves as director of the master’s program in software engineering. He has co-authored the leading worldwide textbook on software testing, and in 2015 Google awarded his team a three-year, $900,000 grant to redesign how introductory computer programming classes are taught.

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