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Eight Faculty Receive Teaching Innovation Grants

February 13, 2020

The Program for Instructional Effectiveness (PIE) has awarded eight Teaching Innovation Grants for spring semester 2020. PIE began its work in fall 2019 as a university-wide program to promote effective teaching practices by supporting faculty professional development opportunities.

Grants of up to $5,000 each have been provided to faculty from six colleges after proposals were reviewed by a faculty committee in a very competitive grant cycle. The funded projects reflect a variety of teaching methods, styles, and technologies aimed at improving student learning and opportunity. The following faculty members received the Teaching Innovation Grant:

•       Vanessa Ballam (Theatre and Dance): “Simulation Training for Theatre Students and Faculty”
•       Samantha Blatt (Anthropology): “Visually Impaired Students”
•       Alex Bolinger (Marketing and Management): “Showing Students Their ‘Why’: Designing an Interactive First-Year Keystone Course in Business”
•       Anna Grinath (Biological Sciences): “Design and Implementation of a Data MAKER Biology Instructional Module for a Large Introductory Biology Lecture Course”
•       Logan Lamprecht (Counseling): “Building Cohesive and Experiential Distance Learning Communities through Technology-Enhanced Classroom Environments”
•       Susan Tavernier (Nursing) and Barbara Gordon (Dietetics): “Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat: A Participatory Approach to Developing Interprofessional Course on Palliative Care”
•       David R. Woods and Connie J. Miller (Communication Sciences & Disorders): “Integrating a Treatment Technology into the Training of Clinical Students”
•       Xiaoxia Xie (Mathematics and Statistics): “Promoting Project-Driven Teaching Mode in Differential Equations (MATH 3360)”

In fall 2020, all recipients will participate in a campus-wide presentation of the pedagogical work they accomplish with the help of these grants. More information will be provided in the fall about this event