Innovative Teaching Awards

Kendall Center

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning and the Provost’s Office would like to recognize faculty who are engaged in innovative teaching (e.g., new uses of instructional technology, new ways to engage students in the learning process, new approaches to student collaboration, or new methods for improving student learning outcomes) and to encourage the dissemination of effective practices by sharing promising innovations with faculty more broadly. Therefore, we offer 2 Innovative Teaching Awards -- one that recognizes innovations at the Course or Currcular level ($1000 prize) and a second that recognizes innovative Assignments ($500 prize).

2018-19 Innovative Teaching Award Recipients

Asa Olson
Innovative Assignment

Asa Olson in the English Department for a series of extremely innovative assignments in his “Arthurian Literature” course, which carries a LARS designation. To fulfill the LARS learning outcomes, his students developed a digital timeline and worked on a digital mapping assignment as part of a larger class project, which was the creation of a digital textbook. Through careful and intentional scaffolding, his students honed their analytical skills while developing digital skills.

Lauren Hecht
Innovative Course/Curriculum

Lauren Hecht in Psychology for her redesign of a course titled Sensation and Perception. Her redesigning included flipping her course so that students could get more hands on experience during class time. The application demonstrated how thoughtful she was about re-envisioning the course but also mentioned that this is the only flipped course in her department and that her approach is unique even within the broader discipline. Attesting to her success and the broad appeal of her redesign, a former student and a former colleague also nominated her course.