NMSU Teaching Academy celebrates teachers, bestows awards

May 1, 2014 by Staff, NMSU Hotline

The eleventh anniversary Teaching Academy Gala was held Wednesday, April 30, to celebrate teachers and teaching and to honor 350 Teaching Academy members. Teaching Academy members participated in at least ten hours of faculty development during 2014.

Provost Dan Howard and Deputy Provost Gregory Fant presided and presented awards and recognitions.

The most distinguished graduate student and the most distinguished faculty member participated in the most hours of professional development at the Teaching Academy in 2014. Karen Trujillo, a Master of Arts candidate in the Department of English, won this award for a graduate student, and Mike McGonigle, college associate professor of finance received the award for faculty.

The Outstanding Workshop Award is won by the workshop presenter who gave the highest rated workshop, as rated by participants. Lizbeth Ellis, associate dean, College of Business, won the award for her highly effective workshop, “Daily Five-Minute Quizzes as a Key to Student Engagement and Accountability.”

The Truly Innovative Teaching Award is presented to the individual who best applies learning at the Teaching Academy to their teaching in the classroom. Krista MacDonald, assistant professor of communication in the English and Communication Department at Doña Ana Community College, won the award for the application of the Quality Matters rubric to her online teaching.

The Teaching Academy bestowed its highest award, an honorary membership, on Roberta Derlin, associate vice provost for accreditation, outcomes and academic planning. Derlin was honored for her lifetime of dedication to teaching and learning and for her 10 years of leadership to the Teaching Academy. Derlin is responsible for accreditation, strategic planning, academic program review and other outcomes assessment and continuous quality improvement initiatives. She has served the Higher Learning Commission, NMSU’s accreditor, as a peer reviewer, financial panel reviewer, and visiting team chair. Derlin’s lifetime of dedication to effective university accreditation was recognized with her 2014 appointment to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity. The committee advises the United States Secretary of Education on accreditation issues.

For more information, contact Mark Hohnstreiter at 575-646-5655.


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