Celebration of Teaching Excellence to Honor Educator Innovation, Effectiveness

Duquesne University Times

Faculty and future college educators will be honored for innovation and teaching excellence at the Center for Teaching Excellence's (CTE) annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence.

The awards, which will be conferred by Provost Dr. Timothy Austin on Thursday, April 10, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom, include the Creative Teaching Award and the Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The Creative Teaching Award recognizes faculty who have implemented innovative ways of teaching and have demonstrated the impact of these methods on student learning. This year's awardees, including a 10-person interprofessional collaboration, all represent faculty teams that have partnered to offer unique learning opportunities that students would not have otherwise experienced. The awardees are:

Drs. Lauren O'Donnell and Michael Perry, pharmacy
Drs. Anna Floerke Scheid and Elisabeth Vasko, theology
Drs. Ana Siquiera, Jay Liebowitz and Naga Sivasubramaniam, business
Interprofessional Education Faculty Team:
Allison Morgan, physician's assistant program; Dr. Leesa Dibartola, physical therapy; Dr. Elizabeth DeIuliis, occupational therapy; Dr. Sarah Wallace, speech language pathology; Dr. Paula Turocy, athletic training; Shirley Cousino, health management; Drs. Janet Astle and Christine O'Neil, pharmacy; Drs. Lynn Simko, and Yvonne Weideman, nursing.

The Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching promotes and rewards teaching effectiveness by current graduate students and provides nominees with practical experience on how to present evidence of teaching excellence. Nominees created remarkable portfolios, with award winners demonstrating ways to integrate rigorous learning with creative teaching strategies. The award recipients are:

Natasha Dias, biology
Amanda Gleixner, pharmacy
Ashley Kunsa, English
Jonathan Yahalom, psychology.

In addition, Certificate of University Teaching recipients, CTE workshop presenters, award committee members and faculty near-peer mentors will be recognized.

The Celebration of Teaching Excellence is open to the public. For more information, call 412.396.5177 or email cte@duq.edu.

Duquesne University Times

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