2018 Faculty Excellence Award Winners
Air Force Institute of Technology
Lieutenant Colonel Jason Anderson
Assistant Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Department of Operational Sciences
Lt. Col. Jason Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management and the Deputy Head of the Department of Operational Sciences at the Air Force Institute of Technology. As Deputy Head, Lt. Col. Anderson provides a very high level of service to the Department and to the Graduate School of Engineering and Management. He is heavily tasked with numerous and very detailed administrative procedures, especially those dealing with the military requirements and processes regarding our faculty and students. Besides accomplishing all of the assigned military administrative assignments on time and without error, he also volunteered to take on a major additional service commitment as the program manager for two separate MS programs that are delivered in-person, on-site at two remote locations (New Mexico and New Jersey). This demanding tasking required frequent communication and interaction with various personnel at the two remote sites as well as with AFIT’s in-resident faculty to coordinate on everyone’s schedules so that the remote and in-residence courses were all delivered properly and that all students graduated on-time. Not only has Lt. Col. Anderson taken on an exceptionally heavy service commitment, but he demonstrated excellence in every aspect of this extraordinary effort.
Moreover, in addition to exhibiting excellence in the area of service, Lt. Col. Anderson demonstrated outstanding excellence in the classroom as well. Over the past year, he taught 5 sections of graduate courses and achieved absolutely glowing evaluations from the students. On a scale of 1 to 5, Lt. Col. Anderson earned an amazing average score of 5.00 out of 5.00 – that means that all 63 graduate students across 5 sections of very challenging courses unanimously all gave him perfect scores of 5! The accomplishment of such a feat is simply unprecedented in all my years as Department Head.
Without any doubt whatsoever, Lt. Col. Anderson is truly worthy of special commendation! He has clearly demonstrated true excellence through his incredible service along with his superb teaching.
Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Freeman
Deputy Department Head and Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics
Lt. Col. Freeman has served over two years as deputy head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics in the AFIT Graduate School of Engineering and Management, providing military mentoring, administrative leadership, training, awards and resource management for 170 military and civilian graduate students and 59 faculty and staff. He strives ceaselessly to encourage a high standard, evaluate student/officer performance, discipline and rigor, then recognize achievement appropriately. Specifically in the past year, he wrote performance evaluations for 11 military faculty and more than 70 graduated students; and he wrote 21 award nominations, including six that won at the AFIT/university level and eight others that won at the graduate engineering school level. Lt Col Freeman is currently ranked as the top performer of four lieutenant colonels in the Aero/Astro department.
Robert D. Loper
Research Assistant Professor of Physics, Engineering Physics
Dr. Robert Loper is dedicated to graduate education and research. During AY17-18, Dr. Loper taught seven graduate courses in the space physics program and redesigned two courses with new lectures and textbook. Student feedback on the space physics program has been exemplary thanks to Dr. Loper’s efforts. In addition to teaching, Dr. Loper was the graduate research advisor for three MS students, graduated one student, and served on the committee of one other MS and PhD student. He also executed $18K in sponsor-funded research, submitted proposals for $120K in follow-on research, and co-authored two referred conference papers, and one invited conference presentation.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Scott Nykl is a popular and highly successful faculty member. He constantly strives to apply his impactful research in visualization, computer graphics, real time virtual worlds, and other mission relevant areas into the courses he teaches. This has been wildly successful, both in his graduate courses as well as in other educational venues, such as the ACE Lab that he created for new Air Force cadets. Dr. Nykl is a popular graduate thesis advisor, which has resulted in numerous accomplishments with application to the defense community. His service contributions to the field of computer science have been both external, via conference program committees and journal reviews, as well as internal, with frequent contributions to faculty governance. In short, Dr. Nykl is an exemplary Assistant Professor with notable achievements in the fields of teaching, research, and service. It is my pleasure to nominate him for the SOCHE Faculty Excellence Award in light of his accomplishments.
Christine M. Schubert Kabban
Associate Professor of Statistics, Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Schubert Kabban has had twelve research articles accepted or appear in eight different refereed journals. She uses her deep knowledge of statistics not only to establish new results in research, but she also leverages her expertise to give students the experience of working on realistic problems to help them understand the material better. In particular, she integrates hands-on problem solving on real-world data using classroom tools to create quality publishable analyses upon course completion.
Assistant Professor, Systems Engineering & Management
Dr Slagley has demonstrated excellence in teaching and research since becoming and AFIT faculty member in 2016. During this time he has published five scholarly, peer reviewed articles, chaired three graduated and four current thesis research efforts, oversaw twelve presentations and research posters (several award-winning), and garnered or collaborated on $292,000 in research sponsorship. Additionally, as one of only two faculty responsible for teaching in his academic program, he did this while juggling a heavy teaching load.
Julia Schiavone Camacho
Assistant Professor of Latin American History, Humanities
Julia has completed Across the Pacific, a historical novel about a Chinese-Mexican couple separated by a virulent anti-Chinese crusade in Mexico, based on research from her 2012 book monograph, and newer historical research on the Chinese diaspora in Latin America and mixed families in modern China. She was invited to review four manuscripts in major academic journals in her field and to write a blurb for Shape Shifters: Journeys Across Terrains of Race and Identity.
Mary Ann Davis
Assistant Professor of Western Literature, Humanities
Mary Ann has given her time, her energy, and her innovation to many aspects of our college. Her service in the area of social justice and diversity and inclusion is especially noteworthy and valued by our Community. She has demonstrated her commitment to the college many times over with her positive volunteer spirit and participation in community events, ad hoc committees, and generally supporting the work and the Community of Antioch College.
Instructor of Spanish Language & Culture, Language and Culture
In his language classroom, Didier focuses on clarity and consistency, encouragement, accommodating different learning styles, and creating a strong classroom community. He employs the Communicative Approach, emphasizing oral activities rather than written practice or lecture. He constantly tweaks assignments based on constructive student feedback. He has focused on creatively incorporating technology in his classroom teaching and has strengthened his online teaching courses by including asynchronous activities for the students to observe his active participation.
Assistant Professor of Biology & Environmental Science, Sciences
Brian Kot's research program focuses on vertebrate biology, and it is for his achievements in this area that he receives a nomination for Excellence in Research. His most recent work, for which he has international recognition, is on cetaceans, or whales. His research has explored the feeding behavior of whales, and has contributed to studies assessing the impacts of fishing gear entangling whales. His work contributes to basic science as well as applied environmental conservation.
Assistant Professor of World History, Humanities
Rahul Nair demonstrates excellence in teaching centering student learning, collaborating with colleagues and students, and being adaptive in his teaching approach. His teaching shows a continual process of improvement through engagement with student feedback and a flexible approach to teaching. Rahul works to incorporates elements of syllabus cocreation in his classes and scaffolds key skills for historians, such as analytical writing and primary source analysis, into his course work.
Assistant Professor of Political Economy, Social Science
Dean Snyder has demonstrated excellence in teaching through his highly scaffolded approach to student-centered, exploratory learning and through his democratic engagement of students in course and assignment construction. Dean's teaching process show a commitment to guiding students through a process of discovery and application of ideas from his field. He has also employed methods of radical co-construction of syllabi and course assignments with students while maintaining strong standards of performance.
Antioch University Midwest
Associate Professor of Computer Science, Engineering & Computer Science
Faculty Advisor for Student Section of ACM, CU Representative to the Cyber Security Consortium of Southwest Ohio, Coordinator for proposal to NSA that led to Cedarville being designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations. Advisor for senior project team which won 1st place award from Technology First. Two journal articles and one book chapter in past three years and Director for CU Center for the Advancement of Cybersecurity
Associate Professor of Mathematics, Science and Mathematics
Faculty Academic Advisory Committee; reviewer for Mathematical Reviews (MR) Database, MathSciNet; organizer and presenter for Greater Miami Valley Math Circle; mentoring engaged couples along with his wife; active leadership service at Grace Baptist Church. Sustained and comprehensive excellence in evaluation measures including responsiveness, teaching methods, critical thinking. Two conference presentations and three journal article published within the last year.
Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition, Music and Worship
Dr. Jaquith is a prolific composer and every aspect of the composition process touches his composition students. He involves them in his creative process, the compositional process, the research process, the recording process, the budget process, and the editing process. He has co-written compositions with his students, giving them real-world experiences in real-time. He is a great example to all our students, but especially our composition students.
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Laswell has been instrumental in developing the Interprofessional Education (IPE) program for the School of Pharmacy. She has worked with professional programs across the Miami Valley to develop an IPE Collaborative in which nursing, physician assistant, social work, medical, pharmacy, and students from other health related fields learn in collaborative co-learning environments. This has met the needs not only of our own program for IPE but other healthcare programs across the Miami Valley.
Professor of Spanish, English, Literature, and Modern Languages
Dr. Loach thinks outside of the box. She is a huge advocate for service learning and team teaching. The idea for a linguistics major, our department's largest major, was her idea. She has created much needed minors such as Spanish for Professionals and Spanish for Healthcare Personnel, as well as such concentrations as Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.
Senior Professor of Sociology, History & Government
Dr. Parr has served on every university committee at Cedarville at least once if not twice. He is also a devoted professor with excellent peer and student ratings. More critically, he has a large impact on his students, one that is felt for years after they leave his classroom. Dr. Parr is a model faculty member.
Central State University
Assistant Professor, Humanities (English)
Dr. Holmes is adept in relating historical themes and contexts for contemporary student readers and writers.
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Social & Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Holmes is adept in relating historical themes and contexts for contemporary student readers and writers.
Chair, Department of Humanities, Humanities (History)
Dr. Milburn has advanced integrated multi-site learning, faculty development, and student learning outcomes.
Assistant Professor, Humanities (English)
Dedicated, responsive mentor for writing and literature.
Chair and Professor of Education, Education
Dr. Swami is a leader among his colleagues. He played an important role in preparing College of Education Self Study Report for the CAEP Accreditation. His service includes CAEP Appeals Committee; HLC Site Visitor, ODHE Science program reviewer; Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Hello Proposal reviewer; Reviewer for Journal of STEM Education:Innovztions and Research; Past president of SECO and MNLSTA; Recipient of the "2018 Outstanding Supervisor" by the Ohio Association of Teacher Education.
Assistant Professor, Accounting
Actively involved in developing and implementing co-curricular activities that keeps our students engaged.
Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
Professor, Civil Engineering Technology
Dr. Burns has over 30 years of teaching experience. He is a textbook author and former Program Chair. He recently won CState's House-Bruckmann Award for teaching excellence. The award winner is selected by faculty and administration for excellence in teaching. Dr. Burns is one of only three that have received this award three times. Dr. Burns receives high praise from his students and teaches day, night, and online.
Co-op Coordinator, Business
As a graduate of Cincinnati State, Brian brings a passion for the college and students as he develops co-op employment jobs. He has developed career readiness workshops, worked with industry advisory groups, and developed job leads all with the intention of placing students in the workforce to become productive citizens. He is a Global Career Development Facilitator, an internationally recognized certification. He founded a new student club and is the initial advisor for the group, and is very active is many other clubs on campus.
Stani has served on many committees in the College and most recently is Co-Chair of the Budget Advisory Team. Through her leadership, the College has been successful in finding ways to save costs. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Northern Kentucky University. She has been nominated and has earned the House Bruckmann award for teaching excellence twice - most recently in 2018. Her passion extends beyond the physical classroom to the hearts and souls of students.
Chair, Addiction Studies, First Year Experience/Addiction Studies
Marianne has a deep commitment not only to the students at our Middletown campus, but to the entire Middletown community. She has put a tremendous amount of work into empowering her students and helping them to develop tools that will allow them to succeed in their studies and give back to their communities.
Peggy Rolfsen is one of the most dedicated faculty members that I have ever met. She is constantly evaluating and improving the content and delivery model of the courses she teaches. She is readily available to her online students and provides them with a great deal of support so that they will be successful.
Professor Rolfsen is an amazing mentor, sharing her knowledge and love of education with the college faculty in many ways. She developed an online "Faculty Lounge" to help her reach as many educators as possible with information on teaching and learning, as well as how to navigate within the college. She is an exceptional person and educator.
Jo has a fantastic range as a Mathematics instructor. She is equally comfortable and engaging at developmental levels and high level math courses. She connects with College Credit Plus students as well as she does with non-traditional adult students. It is rare to find someone who can be successful across so many topics with so many types of students.
Clark State Community College
Associate Professor, Licensed Practical Nursing
Lisa Crispin is a tremendous asset to the LPN program as well as the Health and Human Services division. The compassion she displays to her students creates a welcoming and attentive learning environment. She is well respected by her students and fellow colleagues at Clark State. Lisa is always accessible to her students as she wants to make sure they are well prepared before entering the workforce. She is very deserving of this award.
Professor and Coordinator, Precision Agriculture, Business and Applied Technology
Dr. Everett is the lead investigator for a National Science Foundation Precision Agriculture grant. Great instructor and great class. He makes things very easy to follow when he is explaining them. Dr. Everett is a great instructor. He is very understanding and you can tell he desires to see his students succeed. Mr. Everett is one of the best teachers that I have ever had. Always had a positive attitude & always excited & willing to help students. Took time to explain the assignments. Cares about each student individually.
Professor, Business and Applied Technology
Dr. Everett cares deeply for her students and treats them like her children. She is happy to see everyone succeed and also cares about the students that are not doing as well and reaches out to them. Dr. Susan Everett also contributes regularly to her field by providing articles to publications related to horticulture. She has been instrumental in getting the college to be part of the A2C3 agriculture consortium.
Instructor, Psychology, Arts & Sciences
Carol is a dedicated psychology faculty member, always willing to step forward to be actively involved and engaged in student success efforts. She is loved by her students, always finding ways to make psychology fun. This spring, she led the program review process for the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. Extensive data collection, report writing, team presentation and pure determination were required to complete this task in a short period of time.
Edison State Community College
Assistant Professor of English, English
Dustin Wenrich is an excellent faculty who is held in great regard by students and fellow faculty. He has served as Edison State Education Association President for a number of years and advises Edison State’s Student Senate. Furthermore, he contributes to a number of English Department activities and is always willing to help when the occasion arises or when fellow faculty members need advice. Dustin is truly an outstanding member of the Edison State family.
Associate Professor of Accounting/Business, Business
Sandra Streitenberger is clearly an outstanding professional, mentor, teacher and colleague, but she should be viewed first as an outstanding educational leader. Sandra has been among the most visible proponents of Edison's STEMM event for young women and has been out in front as a champion and role model to emulate. She has served as an extraordinary example to senior professionals, as well as an inspiration to development staff at the beginning of their careers.
Associate Professor, Department of Respiratory Care
Elizabeth is simply amazing! She is a compassionate and caring instructor, who is willing to step up and give time and energy for the college. Both her online and face to face classes are incredible. She takes time to develop fun interactive teaching tools to explain concepts. Communicates with Christian caring and cares for not only students but other faculty. An absolute pleasure to work with.
Miami University Regionals
Associate Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Writing
Dr. Cotugno teaches a broad range of courses at Miami Regionals, ranging from UNV 101, the first-year student's introduction to the university to technical and business writing to American literature. She teaches in both face to face and online formats, and she is rated highly by her students. They praise her for inviting questions, providing opportunities for class discussion, organization, and concern for students. As part her of her continuing improvements efforts, she is pursuing a Master's degree in Transformative Education and she has recently participated in a Faculty Learning Community focused on Student Engagement through E-Learning.
Senior Lecturer, Computer and Information Technology
A talented teacher and valuable member of the Miami Regionals community, Donna Evans has been recognized specifically for her work as an academic advisor. According to one staff member, students who come to Donna for advising "rave about Donna's engaging personality, complete review of the programs, and honest assessment of their programmatic fit." Donna is known for her talent as an academic adviser, and her insights about advising often help other faculty members improve their own advising.
Assistant Professor, Education and Society
As the Pre-K Associate's Degree Coordinator, Tracey regularly reaches out to multiple stakeholders to make sure we have funding opportunities for Miami's Prekindergarten students, and she participates on multiple community committees that have an impact on local initiatives affecting childcare and preschool programs in our community. Tracey was also instrumental in developing and assisting in the transformation of the program from a face-to-face format to a fully online program, in order to make it more accessible to working students. She participated in the development of nine online courses for the program, serving both as program coordinator and the adviser to participating students. Tracey has also authored an article outlining the development of the Prekindergarten Associate Degree Program Online in order to meet the needs of non-traditional students with the hope that other universities can look to Miami University as a model of exemplary practices in online development and teaching.
Visiting Faculty Member, Languages, Literatures, and Writing
Michelle Lawrence began as a student at Miami University Middletown and returned as a part-time instructor after earning her master's degree. She is an engaged composition and creative writing teacher who helps diverse learners awaken their curiosity, develop their voices, and engage their communities. At MUM she has developed innovative assignments, including one on multi-generational storytelling, and in-person and online reading events for students to share their work. She has also been instrumental in the revival of our student literary magazine.
Associate Professor, Commerce
Dr. Mays received our first ever Excellence in Online Teaching Award in 2018. He was nominated by multiple people, most of whom were students who had taken one of his online courses. The nominators specifically pointed out Tom's innovative practices and efforts to engage his students, something that can be more challenging in an online format.
Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Oswald dedicates herself to providing students with applied learning experiences that truly engage them in their education. She regularly attends teaching-focused conferences to make sure she keeps her pedagogy in Psychology up to date with current trends. She experiments with new technologies and pedagogies, and never rests on her laurels; in fact, she revises her courses every semester. She has mentored close to 90 Miami students in their experiential research projects, and she excels at teaching in one-on-one, seated large groups, and online formats.
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies
In spite of a challenging teaching load and service as his department's Chief Academic Advisor, Dr. Leland Spencer has established himself as one of Miami Regionals' most prolific and talented scholars. To date, Dr. Leland Spencer has published 2 books, 14 peer-reviewed journal articles, 5 editorially reviewed book chapters, and several book reviews. In recognition of his accomplishments, Miami University awarded him the Junior Faculty Scholar award, and the journal Women & Language has asked him to be their new editor.
Sinclair Community College
Assistant Professor, English
Masterful teaching of ENG 1131, Business Writing, using ethical scenarios and other innovative pedagogical approaches; mentors students, faculty and CCP faculty.
Chaired Sinclair's Math Academy, rewriting significant amounts of curriculum to facilitate flex-paced venues for remedial algebra that greatly facilitate student success.
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Her creation of the Orientation to Criminal Justice; her innovative use of active learning techniques; her leveraging of instructional technology to maximize student engagement.
Program Director, Occupational Therapy
Her institution of a bi-weekly OTA Open Lab; her work to accumulate different certifications for the OTA program; her collaboration with outside agencies to help students develop professionally.
Southern State Community College
Associate Professor of Sociology, Social Sciences
An exceptional instructor and champion for students, Jody exemplifies servant leadership. In addition to his rigorous teaching load, Jody willingly steps up to assume leadership roles in various capacities across the institution. Having served as a Division Coordinator for the past several years, Jody has capably and effectively supported the academic operations of the institution. And, despite the many responsibilities he manages, Jody always prioritizes students and serves them with a genuine passion for their success.
Union Institute and University
University of Dayton
Jackie M. Arnold
Assistant Professor, Teacher Education
Dr. Jackie Arnold holds high expectations for herself in her classroom, and her students clearly identify and respond to her commitment. She is known for her classroom passion and explicitly shares with her students how much she loves what she does. Dr. Arnold has enhanced student learning through multiple teaching strategies, including the use of multimedia learning, incorporating clinical rounds, creating problem-based learning experiences, and utilizing case studies to connect theory to practice.
Assistant Professor, Engineering Management Systems and Technology
Dr. Sandy Furterer has been very active in improving and strengthening the curriculum in the Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology. She has reached out to several companies in the area to expand her research and serve their needs. In addition, Sandy has supported a variety of student teams in the Innovation Center on their projects providing the students with engineering outlines, structure, and guidance. Finally, she developed a course entitled Leadership and Engagement for Diversity course.
Professor, Art and Design
Jeff has earned distinction as an artist through a number of national and international exhibitions that his work has been featured in, the excellent record of gallery representation for his work, the notice of his work by major American art critics and art journals, and the breadth of his curatorial work as he brings younger art scholars to national attention.
Associate Professor, School of Law
Scholarship, teaching, and service form the three-legged stool of academic life. Professor Jeff Schmitt has succeeded in finding the ideal balance and in so doing has enhanced the University of Dayton School of Law's educational program in countless ways. He has published in highly ranked journals, been praised by his students for his wealth of knowledge and genuine enthusiasm, and chaired and directed important committees and programs. In sum, he is a Renaissance professor.
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
As an early career faculty member, Dr. Ye has demonstrated excellent scholarship. He has published over five papers in peer reviewed journals or conference proceedings. He has submitted numerous research proposals including three NSF proposals.
Associate Professor, Mathematics
Lynne combines group work, lecture, and technology to create a lively student-centered learning environment. She has advanced testing processes in the department and serves as an excellent mentor for math students. She also engages the community, working with middle school children to help them enjoy math.
Adjunct Instructor, College of Graduate, Adult and Continuing Education
Ms. Andrews has provided the students with a multi-dimensionless approach to learning human services, organizational management and strategic planning. Each semester, Mrs. Andrews holds a forum and invite guests to provide further exploration around the theoretical and practical concepts found in the textbook. Moreover, she is provided several students with employment opportunities with ODRC.
Director of Telecommunications and Assistant Professor of Mass Communications, Mass Media Communications
Professor Fox heads the WU Media which is heavily involved in the co-curricular/experiential /applied aspects of broadcast communications and engages not just communications majors but also other students with an interest in expanding their hands-on skills/competencies. He teaches a full load of courses in Mass Media Communications and also has gone out of his way to help students find internships and jobs. Additionally, he serves on various task-forces and committees and also serves as an MMC advisor. Professor Fox has produced numerous media vehicles such as screenplays and podcasts and has been featured multiple times as a panelist and as an expert featured speaker in conferences and on broadcast channels such as PBS.
Assistant Professor of Accounting, Accounting
Al has performed numerous services to the college including being an exemplary role model for student, establishing VITA, an Accounting Club, being present at all manner of college functions and engaging students as individuals.
Assistant Professor of Biology, Biology
Savitha has wisely executed multiple pedagogies in each course she teaches allowing each to evolve.
Assistant Professor of English, English
Sha'Dawn Battle is being recognized for achieving the highest level of teaching excellence by a visiting or adjunct faculty member at Wittenberg University. Sha'Dawn believes her job is to facilitate discussions that enable this kind of critical reflection and the conversations are often uncomfortable. But discomfort is a tell-tale sign of effective pedagogy. Sha'Dawn's impact has been felt beyond her classroom's walls. She has been involved in extracurricular organizations serving as the advisor for a new student group, Shades of Pearl, and helping these students to earn the NCAA III Diversity Spotlight Initiative Award in 2015. Her department chair says she has rarely heard undergraduates so able to move seamlessly between theory and literary texts and criticism.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Math and Computer Science
Alyssa Hoofnagle is being recognized for excellence in teaching by an untenured professor. Alyssa easily connects with students. She teaches very complex subjects in accessible and manageable ways and proves equally approachable in her individual meetings with students. Students attest to her devotion to making sure that they understand the material and in using clear and engaging examples that make the classroom a place of real learning. As one student put it, "She dedicates hours and hours and much effort outside of class to making sure her students are comfortable with the content."
Professor of Mathematics, Math and Computer Science
Adam Parker is being recognized for his distinguished teaching and the highest level of excellence in teaching for a tenured professor. Adam, also a recipient of the Ohio Section of the Mathematics Association of America Math Teaching Award, employs a personalized approach to educating students. In addition to his excellence in teaching math, he has grown students' interest in the value they place in a liberal arts education. He continues a great tradition of connecting with students and gives everything he can to make students' lives and careers more fulfilling. Those students, in turn, become lifelong contributors to their communities and the university. Adam's teaching excellence has also been recognized by Wittenberg's Omicron Delta Kappa Teaching Award.
Professor of English, English
Cynthia Richards is being recognized for her outstanding teaching as well as her commitment to growing and improving as a teaching scholar. Cynthia realized early in her career that to stay good at my job I was going to have to continue to grow and stay innovative in my approach I needed to model for my students' intellectual risk-taking by taking a risk on new themes and approaches myself. Her colleagues describe Cynthia as an engaging instructor that challenges students of all levels to push beyond what they thought possible in themselves. She achieves this with innovative assignments and clear, concise formalization of the inputs and outputs that enable even her beginning students to succeed at complex tasks. Cynthia's teaching excellence has also been recognized by Wittenberg's Omicron Delta Teaching Award, a Fulbright Teaching Award, the Lawrence Ruff Chair of Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Dayton (2016), and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Innovative Teaching Award.
Wright State University
Professor, Modern Language
Students are her priority. She has increased the department from one French major to 42 French Majors and 59 French Minors. She makes personalized four-year plans of study for her advisees, holds extended office hours, works on study abroad. She created and sustains the France Ambassador Program. She approaches her students with positivity, empathy and high expectations. Awards include: 2016 Dorothy S. Ludwig Excellence in Teaching Award by the American Association of Teachers of French, 2010 Ed Allen Outstanding Foreign Language Instructor by the Ohio Foreign Language Association. Les Palmes Academiques was bestowed on her by the French Government in 2010. OFLA recognized her teaching and program building by naming the WSU French program as the 2008 Outstanding Foreign Language Program. Panel Leader for the ODHE French TAG Panel. Wright State University 2018 Robert J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching.
Ms. Martin has achieved significant improvements in student success for classes that many of them deem to be among the most difficult and painful in pursuit of a business degree. This comes from her ability to generate high levels of work efforts and determination from her students through meticulous planning and efforts on her part. Her class environment is truly exceptions. For each class meeting, students know the learning objective, participate in activity-based learning tasks and work with classmates on problems. Between classes students use pedagogical software to reinforce class learning. She has devoted significant time to selecting and creating instructional materials for use in all sections of EC1050 which has resulted in the success rate increasing for this course (grade of C or higher). This course helps bring business students up to speed on math needed later in the curriculum. Not only the students but also her peers. She won the 2017 Raj Soin college of Business teaching award.