Spotlight: STEM Education
College of Science Names Distinguished Teaching Fellows
The College of Science has named its first cadre of Distinguished Teaching Fellows to further teaching and learning excellence in the college. They include Mattox Beckman, senior lecturer of computer science; Diep Nguyen, industry professor of chemistry and director of the analytical chemistry professional master's program; Alan Glodowski, senior lecturer of physics and associate chair of the physics department; Greg Fasshauer, professor of applied mathematics and director of undergraduate studies; and Jon Hanrath, senior instructor of computer science.
The main goal of the fellowship, according to Matt Bauer, CoS associate dean for academic affairs and coordinator of the Distinguished Teaching Fellows, is to "strive for a community of teachers, where faculty members are comfortable sharing the successes and challenges of the classroom." He indicated that every teacher, even the most gifted, can benefit from sharing insights and teaching strategies with peers. This, in turn, will allow teachers to better serve their students. Additionally, Bauer mentioned, there are new opportunities for utilizing technology in and out of the classroom that the Fellows will explore.
In fall semester, the fellows organized and facilitated a new- faculty orientation and planned mid-semester course evaluations for lower-level CoS courses.
Fellows demonstrate teaching excellence, progressive teaching methods, and success at working with fellow faculty. They must be willing and able to lead their peers in transforming teaching strategies to better serve students, explore new learning methodologies and technologies, assess how well students learn, and develop ways to mentor fellow teachers. Nominees are on a rotating appointment and are awarded a $2,000 stipend plus funding for conference attendance and materials for student assistance.