Awards presented at 2012 Teaching Academy Gala

May 7, 2012 by Staff, NMSU Hotline

The ninth annual Teaching Academy Gala was held Friday, May 4, to honor 300 Teaching Academy members. Teaching Academy members are those who participated in at least ten hours of training during 2011-2012. The short ceremony was followed by a reception, Champagne and Chocolate, a Teaching Academy tradition.

The NMSU Teaching Academy was established in January, 2003, when what was previously the Center for Educational Development was expanded and a director, Tara Gray, was hired. The Teaching Academy supports teachers, enhances learning, and builds community for all NMSU educators through training, mentoring and networking. Some 1000 NMSU faculty, staff members and graduate students participate in Teaching Academy programs each year.

The most distinguished graduate student participated in the most hours of training at the Teaching Academy in 2011-2012; Menuka Karki, a graduate student in the Department of Biology, won this award.

Ken Martin

Ken Martin

The most distinguished faculty member participated in the most hours of training at the Teaching Academy in 2011-2012. Alla Kammerdiner, an assistant professor of industrial engineering in the College of Engineering, received this honor.

The Outstanding Workshop Award is awarded to the workshop presenter who earned the highest ratings by participants. Sharna Horn, coordinator for the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center, won this award. Sharna is a doctoral student in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology.

The Innovation Award went to Kenneth J. Martin, Regents professor, Department of Finance in the College of Business, for his implementation of the “flipped classroom,” requiring students to acquire content knowledge outside the classroom, then work at higher levels in the classroom.


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