April 28, 2020

2020 Teaching Excellence Award Winners

Teaching Excellence Award Winners: Outstanding teaching is an integral part of Mason’s mission and is deserving of significant recognition. The Teaching Excellence Awards are both institutional recognition and a monetary acknowledgment of the significant work that faculty members devote to course planning and preparation; curriculum development; and innovative teaching, advising, and undergraduate and graduate mentoring.

Teachers of Distinction: Our Teachers of Distinction are faculty members who have been finalists for the Teaching Excellence Award, and who are recognized across campus for their exceptional teaching and their commitment to teaching-related activities.


2020 David J. King Award Winner

 
Award Winner
Academic Unit
Jason Kinser College of Science – Computational and Data Sciences Department Chair

 

2020 Teaching Excellence Award Winners

 
Award Winners
Academic Unit
Committee Comment
Justin Gest Schar School of Policy and Government “I was particularly impressed by the variety of problem-based learning opportunities and hands-on experiences through field trips, connecting with clients, inviting important speakers to your courses, that your students receive.”
Anna Habib INTO Mason, College of Humanities & Social Sciences – English “I was particularly impressed by your description of how you attempt to demystify writing for your students. Writing as a subject is undervalued. Students need help with unveiling that ‘magic.'”
Kelly Knight College of Science – Forensic Science “The time and effort you dedicate by learning new topics in the field to expand university curriculum and seeking advice from experts is impressive!”
Sean Lawton College of Science – Mathematical Sciences “I especially like how successfully you place the student at the center of your educational mission. Whether recruiting a student to math in high school, mentoring a student in math research in your lab, or simply offering a truly positive experience to a student just trying to satisfy a math requirement, it’s clear that it’s always about that student. Bravo!”
Shun Ye School of Business – ISOM “I really enjoyed learning about how you engage students by incorporating pop-culture and humor, introducing complex concepts with simplified examples, and modeling the use of technology that students are expected to use to facilitate problem solving in business.”
Benjamin Dreyfus Winner of General Education College of Science – Physics and Astronomy “What really impressed me was how you managed to convey to students that the kinds of thinking they were doing in physics has application to problem solving in other areas of their lives. “
Qi Wei Winner of High Impact Volgenau School of Engineering – Bioengineering “[I admire how you] practice team teaching and collaborative learning, work with OSCAR and [help students get] published. I have nothing but positive comments about this work.”

2020 Teachers of Distinction Award Winners

 
Award Winners
Academic Unit
Committee Comment
Jon Bell Volgenau School of Engineering – Computer Science “I really like how you think about homework assignments; the three phase approach shows considerable understanding of scaffolding learning for students and allowing opportunities for success for all learners.”
Keith Clark College of Humanities and Social Sciences – English “I was particularly impressed by [your] ability to bring topics to light in historical context as well as the ability to seamlessly combine different aspects of other relevant topics in a way that made the course material come to life.”
Jason Kinser College of Science – Computational and Data Sciences “I was particularly impressed by what you learned in the ALT classrooms and how you shared that data, including controls with the broader educational community. It provides key insight into what students do differently in active learning environments vs. traditional classrooms.”
Katherine Russell Volgenau School of Engineering – Computer Science “You are clearly very strong in your ability to support student learning by scaffolding assignments and projects. I think it is great how you really work to make your class experience mirror industry and let students know what they are likely to face in the workplace after graduation.”
Ioulia Rytikova Volgenau School of Engineering – Information Sciences and Technology “I was particularly impressed by your comprehensive mentoring program and engagement of adjunct faculty in research collaborations. What a brilliant way to impact faculty, teaching assistants, and students!”
Catherine Wright College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Communication “I was particularly impressed by [your] personal immersion into Italian culture as a means of making the study abroad course better. Impressive on every level. Equally impressive was [your] awareness and acceptance of the unique nature of the study abroad programs in which students can see [your] private self as well as [your] more public professional persona.”

2020 Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award Winners

 
Award Winners
Academic Unit
Committee Comment
Jack Curry College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Communication

“I really liked that you tie your lessons to workplace preparation and real-world lessons. Providing connections between what you are teaching in the classroom and the outside world allows students to not only process information better, but they can consider how the information applies in their own contexts and situations.”
Jason Cantone College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Criminology, Law and Society “[You] make a conscious effort to tie projects to real world experiences. This is not only impactful to students, but to [your] department as well. “
Holly Klee College of Education and Human Development – Educational Psychology, Research Methods, & Education Policy “What impressed me most was the depth of your caring for students – clear evidence not only of your passion for teaching but that helping others learn is indeed an important part of your identity.”

2020 Adjunct Teachers of Distinction Award Winners

 
Award Winners
Academic Unit
Committee Comment
Lori Clark College of Visual and Performing Arts – School of Dance “I especially like how you use your Blackboard space to capture the attention and intrigue of your students. It is tough to compete with all the social media and media in general, so being able to find a way to make Blackboard catchy, appealing, and inviting to the students is really a great accomplishment.”
Mohammad Jamal School of Business – Business Foundations “Taking the time to ensure that your students are getting a unique curriculum is important. I especially like how you make sure to include ‘having fun’ in the classroom as a way to promote engagement. Creating an environment that is about the students and how to keep their interest makes for a memorable class and instructor.”
Avinash Patwardhan College of Health and Human Services – Global & Community Health “There is a good connection to students; the open-mind and good sense of humor seemed to be a connection to provoke passion from students.”
Stephen Shannon Antonin Scalia Law School – Criminal Law “I was really impressed by the level of organization and clarity that is so apparent in your classes, and it is highly evident that your students truly appreciate your attention to structure, detail, and grounding your work in tangible examples. Utilizing a recognizable and consistent class structure provides your students with clear expectations on what will happen in each class.”
Gwen Udell College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Criminology, Law and Society “I really enjoyed learning about the project-based learning approach that you use in your class. Students have the ability to explore deeper, work collaboratively and independently and engage in research.”

2020 Online Teaching Excellence Award Winners

  Award Winner Academic Unit
Yoosun Chung College of Education and Human Development – School of Education

2020 Online Teachers of Distinction Award Winners

  Award Winners Academic Unit
John Lyver College of Science – Computational and Data Sciences
Graziella McCarron College of Humanities and Social Sciences – School of Integrative Studies

2020 Distinguished Library Faculty Award Winner

  Award Winner Academic Unit
Steven Gerber Arts and Humanities – Music, Theater, & Philosophy