September 27, 2012 by NMSU Staff Teaching Academy
The ninth annual Teaching Academy Gala was held Friday, May 4, at the Stan Fulton Center to honor 300 Teaching Academy members. President Barbara Couture and Provost Wendy K. Wilkins made remarks and presented awards. More than 100 Teaching Academy members and donors attended.
In her presentation, President Couture noted that the Teaching Academy is celebrating a record number of events at the Academy this year (about 150 events), as well as record participation, 12,000 hours, which is equivalent to the participation in 16 three-hour courses with 20 students.
Teaching Academy Members participated in at least ten hours of training during 2011-2012. A total of 151 met this criteria. An additional 96 Sustaining Members engaged in at least 20 hours. Ninety-two Distinguished Members dedicated 40 hours or more to faculty development at the Academy.
Some 120 members and others make regular gifts to the Academy, and they were also recognized. Esther Devall was honored at the event as a Benefactor. Donors help support workshop presenters, provide books for the library, and enable teaching scholarships.
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.
The most distinguished faculty member participated in the most hours of training at the Teaching Academy in 2011-2012. The award was won by Alla Kammerdiner, an assistant professor of industrial engineering in the College of Engineering.
The Outstanding Workshop Award is won by the workshop presenters who gave the highest rated workshop, as rated by participants. Sharna Horn, coordinator for the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center, won the award. Sharna is a doctoral student in Counseling and Educational Psychology.
The Innovation Award was won by Kenneth J. Martin, Regents Professor of Finance in the College of Business. He wins the award because of his work in “flipping the classroom,” by having students acquire content knowledge outside of class and work at higher levels in class—where Dr. Martin can help them.
The short ceremony was followed by a reception, Champagne and Chocolate, a Teaching Academy tradition.