2021 Provost Awards for Teaching Excellence Recipients

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Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning Award: This is awarded to a faculty member who demonstrates breadth and depth of knowledge in online learning from a global perspective down to individual online course best practices, with scholarship and research in the field.

  • Dr. Sarah Dietrich, assistant professor of English

Provost Mike Godard and Dr. Suhair Amer

Excellence in Assessment of Student Learning: This is awarded to a faculty member who embodies excellence in assessment of student learning and demonstrates best practices by developing meaningful assessments that lead to student success and that inform teaching practices.

  • Dr. Suhair Amer, professor of computer science

Provost Mike Godard and Barbara Glackin

Excellence in Supporting Undergraduate Research Award: This is awarded to a faculty member who supports and challenges students, inspires them to pursue research and scholarly activities, ensures they gain an understanding of the ethical responsibilities and considerations for research, and assists them in disseminating their work.

  • Barbara Glackin, dean of Kent Library

Provost Mike Godard and Dr. Julie Twidwell

Excellence in Supporting Graduate Research Award: This is awarded to a faculty member who establishes strong mentorship relationships with students, serves as a role model related to research practices and ethical conduct, and inspires students to engage in scholarship and dissemination of their work.

  • Dr. Julie Twidwell, assistant professor of nursing

Provost Mike Godard and Dr. Eric Sentell

Excellence in Teaching General Education Award: This is awarded to a faculty member who demonstrates extraordinary effort to engage students in learning, exemplary commitment to supporting student success, innovations in teaching methods, dedication to professional development, and a pedagogical focus on one or more of the general education program’s goals.

  • Dr. Eric Sentell, instructor of English and General Education coordinator

Provost Mike Godard and Kitt Lavoie

Excellence in Promoting Engaged Learning Award: This is awarded to a faculty member who employs several high-impact practices in their instruction and fosters growth in students through an increased ability to learn and apply knowledge, skills, and concepts needed for success.

  • Kitt Lavoie, assistant professor of theatre

Provost Mike Godard and Dr. James Dufek

Excellence in Supporting Student Success Award: This is awarded to a faculty member who demonstrates extraordinary efforts to increase student success, including mentoring students beyond the advising role, providing them with opportunities to engage in meaningful academic experiences, and reviewing and redesigning curriculum to create classes focused on student success.

  • Dr. James Dufek, professor of mass media

Provost Mike Godard and Dr. Sara Garner

Excellence in Flexible Teaching and Learning Innovation Award: This is awarded to a faculty member who demonstrates a keen awareness of the needs of today’s learners and showcases how their teaching practice or course/program design effectively promotes flexible and innovative learning, providing students option in pace, place and/or mode of study.

  • Dr. Sara Garner, instructor of child development
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