By Steven Krolak
(NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Ten IU Southeast faculty members have received IU Trustees Teaching Awards for the 2017 calendar year.
The IU 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 members 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:
Doug Barney, Professor of Accounting, School of Business
Pam Connerly, Associate Professor of Biology, School of Natural Sciences
Patricia Gettings, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, School of Arts and Letters
Alysa Lambert, Associate Professor in Human Resources Management, School of Business
Julia Mattingly, Assistant Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing
Sau Hou Chang, Associate Professor of Education, School of Education
Gregory Kordsmeier, Assistant Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences
Rhonda Wrzenski, Associate Professor of Political Science, School of Social Sciences
Michael Abernethy, Senior Lecturer of Communication Studies, School of Arts & Letters
Amy Zink, Senior Lecturer in Spanish, School of Arts & 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.
“Indiana University Southeast’s vision statement says that we ‘will become one of the nation’s leading student-centered, comprehensive regional universities,’ and the quality of these Trustees Teaching Award Winners attests to these colleagues’ commitment to delivering excellent education in a manner both student-centered and rigorous,” said Dr. Angela Salas, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. “Winners of this award have demonstrated consistent excellence in instruction and mentoring, while also showing a commitment to continuous improvement, both in their own pedagogy, and in their students’ educational experience.”
Homepage photo (from left): 2018 Trustees Teaching Award winners. Seated (l-r): Rhonda Wrzenski, Michael Abernethy, Pamela Connerly, Doug Barney. Standing (l-r): Patricia Gettings, Amy Zink, Gregory Kordsmeier, Sau Hou Chang, Alysa Lambert. Not pictured: Julia Mattingly.