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Duquesne Recognizes Creative Teachers and Graduate Students

Duquesne University's annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence on April 1 recognized faculty who have implemented innovative ways of teaching and have assessed the impact on student learning.

This year's Center for Teaching Excellence award recipients are:

Dr. Jeryl Benson of Gibsonia, assistant professor of occupational therapy, Rangos School of Health Sciences

In preparation for clinical practice and master content, Benson helped design a community-based lab experience for an occupational therapy class, Neurological and Sensorimotor Function. The lab experience required students to complete an evaluation on a child, develop a series of intervention plans and produce documentation.

Dr. Susan G. Goldberg of Uptown, assistant professor of psychology, McAnulty School of Liberal Arts

Goldberg introduced undergraduates to the Department of Psychology's human science approach to psychology. Using experiential exercises in relatively large classes helped encourage students to integrate theoretical knowledge and ethical precepts with practical and emotional experiences.

Dr. Jennifer Padden Elliot of Franklin Park and Pamela Koerner, assistant professors of pharmacy practice, Mylan School of Pharmacy

Padden evaluated the impact of two pediatric concentration elective courses to develop an innovative combination of student-directed learning techniques. Courses were implemented using student-driven learning techniques such as case-based exercises, group presentations, pro-con debates and "pharmacist grab-bag" questions.

Dr. Amy Phelps of Wexford, assistant professor of quantitative sciences, Palumbo Donahue School of Business

Phelps implemented a service-learning project with Ward Home Inc. that provided students in the two-semester sequence of Business Analytics the opportunity to learn and apply statistical techniques in an assessment for Ward Home's three independent living skills programs.

Dr. Heather Rusiewicz of Murrysville, assistant professor and director of the Speech Production Clinic, Rangos School of Health Sciences

Rusiewicz taught a phonetics course that integrated information regarding the physiologic production and linguistic function of speech. The course objective was to understand the implications of multicultural and multilingual issues and dialectal phonetic differences in the assessment and treatment of individuals with speech sound disorders.

The Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award promotes and rewards teaching effectiveness by current graduate students and provides award nominees with training on how to present evidence of teaching excellence. The award portfolios are evaluated for mastery of the basics of teaching, professional interactions with colleagues about college teaching and the ability to reflect on teaching and apply feedback.

The recipients are:

  • Sarah Carnahan Craig of Apollo, Department of Biological Sciences, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Maureen Gallagher of Highland Park, Department of English, McAnulty School of Liberal Arts
  • Joseph Hamer, Department of Psychology, McAnulty School of Liberal Arts
  • Ryanne Palermo of Seven Fields, Mylan School of Pharmacy
  • Beth Surlow, Department of Biological Sciences, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

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