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FAMU Names Winners of Inaugural Teaching Innovation Award





FAMU Names Winners of Inaugural Teaching Innovation Award

Update May 8, 2014

Florida A&M University (FAMU) professors Jackie Robinson, Ph.D., and Sheila D. Moore, Ph.D., have been named the recipients of the 2014 Teaching Innovation Award. The award was presented on Tuesday, May 6, at the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center during the 2014 Annual Spring Faculty Planning Mini-Conference. The recipients were selected out of 25 nominees.

Robinson, a professor in the College of Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, was awarded the 2014 Senior Faculty Teaching Innovation Award. Moore, a professor in the College of Education, was awarded the 2014 Junior Faculty Teaching Innovation Award.

“This prestigious award highlights faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to student success through outstanding and innovative instruction at Florida A&M University,” said Interim Provost Rodner Wright. “We want to make sure that the more than 500 educators at FAMU know that their teaching matters and that their effort to find new ways to engage students and enhance degree programs is important.”

The Teaching Innovation Award is a new initiative sponsored by the University Faculty Development Center led by Genyne Boston, Ph.D.

“Innovation is more than a buzzword,” said Boston. “To be innovative is to be responsive to addressing the challenges and embracing opportunities that will ensure students have the critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century and beyond.”


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FAMU Announces Nominees for Inaugural Teaching Innovation Award
Winners to be announced May 6 during annual Spring Faculty Planning Mini-Conference


May 5, 2014

Three days after more than 1,300 students walk across the commencement stage, Florida A&M University will recognize the faculty members responsible for teaching the graduating class of 2014. Winners of the inaugural Teaching Innovation Award will be announced on May 6 at 4 p.m. in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and will be celebrated by their peers at a reception following the event. The Innovation Award is a part of the annual Spring Faculty Planning Mini-Conference.

“This prestigious award highlights faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to student success through outstanding and innovative instruction at Florida A&M University,” said Interim Provost Rodner Wright. “We want to make sure that the more than 500 educators at FAMU know that their teaching matters and that their effort to find new ways to engage students and enhance degree programs is important.”

The Teaching Innovation Award, given to one junior and one senior faculty member, is a new initiative sponsored by the University Faculty Development Center led by Genyne Boston, Ph.D.

According to Boston, this year’s conference theme, “Collaborate to Innovate: Improving Teaching & Learning Together” signifies a major shift in higher education toward a more collaborative educational approach occurring inside of the classroom.

“Innovation is more than a buzzword,” said Boston. “To be innovative is to be responsive to addressing the challenges and embracing opportunities that will ensure students have the critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century and beyond.”

Errol Wilson, associate director for the Innovative Academic Instruction Project at FAMU agrees. “I am pleased that some of the 25 nominees are also members of the IAIP Faculty Learning Community, which helps college professors innovate their courses through curriculum redesign and technology integration inside of uniquely designed learning spaces on campus called active learning classrooms.”



2014 Innovation Teaching Award nominees(alphabetically listed):


Dr. Randall Abate, College of Law

Dr. Samuel Ayo Awoniyi, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

Dr. Janet Barber, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Patricia A. Broussard, College of Law

Dr. Kendra N. Bryant, College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Dr. Atira Charles, School of Business and Industry

Dr. Ann Marie Cavazos, College of Law

Dr. Shelby Chipman, College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Dr. LaRae Donnellan, School of Journalism & Graphic Communication

Dr. Jaibun Earp, School of Nursing

Dr. Reginald Ellis, College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Dr. Bettye Grable, School of Journalism & Graphic Communication

Dr. Ivette A. Lopez, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Sheila D. Moore, College of Education

Dr. Nise Nekheba, College of Law

Mr. Jorge L. Olaves, College of Education

Dr. Uloma Onubogu, School of Nursing

Dr. Maritza Reyes, College of Law

Dr. Paulette Reneau, College of Science and Technology

Dr. Jackie Robinson, College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Dr. Carol Scarlett, College of Science and Technology

Dr. Kamal Tawfiq, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

Dr. Violeta Tsolova, College of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Dr. Evelyn Trujillo, College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Dr. LaVerne Wells-Bowie,School of Architecture and Engineering Technology


For more information about the FAMU Innovation Teaching Award, contact Genyne Boston, Ph.D. at (850) 412-5760.



About the FAMU Faculty Planning Mini-Conference

The Faculty Planning Mini-Conference at Florida A&M University is an annual event. Faculty members from the university’s main and satellite campuses convene for one-day to share best practices in teaching and learning, participate in interactive workshops and learn about the latest in educational technology from local and national companies. Email michelle.roberts@famu.edu to RSVP for this year’s conference.


 

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