By Steven Krolak
(NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Seven IU Southeast faculty have received 2016 IU Trustees Teaching Awards.
The Trustees Teaching Awards were first awarded in 2000-2001 to recognize and enhance excellent teaching, especially at the undergraduate level. The awards are open to tenured and tenure-track faculty, as well as full-time lecturers and clinical faculty primarily involved in teaching. Faculty who receive the awards have distinguished themselves as educators in the broadest sense during the calendar year, providing excellent and innovative classroom experiences while also offering students opportunities for further immersion and maintaining their own presence in their fields, such as through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scholarly conferences, in order to inform and enliven their instruction with the most current ideas and practices.
This year’s IU Trustees Teaching Award recipients at IU Southeast are:
Kathleen Arano, Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Business
Jacob Babb, Assistant Professor of English, School of Arts and Letters
Pamela Connerly, Associate Professor of Biology, School of Natural Sciences
Kathryn Ernstberger, Professor of Business Administration, School of Business
Meghan Kahn, Assistant Professor of Psychology, School of Social Sciences
Greg Kordsmeier, Assistant Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences
Diane Reid, Lecturer, School of Arts and Letters
Each year recipients are recommended to the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs by the Improvement of Learning Committee (IOLC) based on dossiers submitted by faculty. These dossiers give faculty the opportunity to express their teaching philosophy and goals, provide evidence of the impact of their approach on student learning outcomes, detail their contribution as leaders for the enhancement of teaching and learning, and show how they have facilitated learning outside the classroom. Peer and student evaluations may also play a role in determining the award. The final determination is made by the Chancellor.
“At Indiana University Southeast, we pride ourselves on the high quality of our teaching staff. Thus, there’s an institutional expectation that excellent teaching is a given, rather than some remarkable anomaly,” said Dr. Angela Salas, interim associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and ex officio member of the IOLC. “Being recognized with a Trustees Teaching Award means that, during the year of the award, an individual faculty member has achieved at an extraordinary level, delivering excellent and informed instruction and mentorship, while exhibiting a keen interest in continuous improvement.”
Homepage photo: Pamela Connerly and Kathryn Ernstberger.