Center for Teaching Excellence Honors Six Duquesne University Faculty Members
Six Duquesne University faculty members were honored for their achievements in teaching by Duquesne’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).
The awards recognized Drs. Tammy L. Hughes and Laura M. Crothers of the School of Education and Drs. Marsha McFalls, Autumn Stewart, Ira Buckner and Peter Wildfong of the Mylan School of Pharmacy.
Hughes, chair of the Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education and inaugural holder of the Martin Hehir, C.S.Sp., Chair in Scholarly Excellence and Crothers, director of the school psychology program and associate professor, developed a teaching technology to improve student skills in school psychology consultation. This innovation was developed for the course Consultation and Program Evaluation in Special Education, which is required for all graduate students in the Department of School Psychology.
McFalls, director of the Center for Pharmacy Practice and assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was recognized for her work in self-care and home diagnostic testing. By using innovative technology, she developed a problem-based method to improve students’ abilities in leading patients in self-care and home diagnostic testing.
Stewart, assistant professor of pharmacy practice; and Buckner and Wildfong, assistant professors of pharmaceutics, worked together to bridge the gap between introductory pharmaceutics and pharmacy practice courses. They set up a mock case involving medication errors and had students develop questions that linked patient safety regulations with pharmacy concepts, helping to better relate course work to future practice.
The annual CTE Awards honor faculty members who introduced innovative teaching methods and assessed their impact on the learning process. The CTE, founded in 1989 at Duquesne, promotes excellence in teaching at all levels, from beginning graduate teaching assistants to senior faculty scholars. Working collaboratively with faculty, the CTE utilizes University resources to create an educational culture that values and rewards teaching that enhances student learning.