Gibsonia Resident Wins Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award

Dr. Waganesh Zeleke was recently honored at the annual Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Celebration of Teaching Excellence at Duquesne University.

The Creative Teaching Awards are presented to faculty at Duquesne University who use creativity and innovation in their teaching methods and demonstrate the effectiveness of their methods on student learning.

Zeleke is an assistant professor in the School of Education's Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education. She received a Creative Teaching Award for her project Using Self-Regulated Learning Strategies to Develop Students' Multicultural Counseling Competencies, which introduces a pedagogical approach to teaching multicultural counseling knowledge and skills to graduate students.

Self-regulated learning strategies were integrated throughout coursework to enhance students' understanding of themselves as cultural beings and to develop their counseling skills to improve outcomes for clients.

"Learning can truly take place through dialogue, curiosity, experiential activities and connecting with previous experiences and applying new meaning," said Waganesh, a native of Ethiopia who resides in Gibsonia. "Knowing oneself is as crucial as knowing one's students and subject. We teach who we are."

The CTE was founded in 1989 at Duquesne University to promote excellence in teaching at all levels, from beginning graduate teaching assistants to senior faculty scholars. Working collaboratively with faculty, the CTE utilizes University resources to create an educational culture that values and rewards teaching for the primary purpose of enhancing student learning.

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