Duquesne’s Celebration of Teaching Excellence Honors Outstanding Educators

Duquesne University's Center for Teaching Excellence recognized faculty and graduate students for their creativity, effectiveness and innovation in the classroom at the annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence award ceremony on April 7.

University Provost Dr. Timothy Austin presented:

The Creative Teaching Award, which recognizes faculty who utilize creativity and innovation in their teaching methods and demonstrate the impact on student learning. Both of this year's winners engaged with community partners:

  • Dr. Alison Colbert of Pittsburgh and Dr. Melanie Turk of the North Hills, School of Nursing-Building Empathy: Using Simulation to Help Nursing Students Understand the Experience of Poverty
  • Dr. Sarah Woodley of Squirrel Hill, Department of Biological Sciences, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences-Innovations in a Physiology Laboratory Course: Combining Novel Research and Service-Learning around a Community-Based Problem.

The Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes teaching effectiveness by graduate students through a portfolio process demonstrating rigorous student learning, reflecting on feedback and showing leadership in teaching. The award recipients were:

  • Sara Tavela of Vinton, Va., McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
  • Cheryl Read of Pittsburgh, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
  • Matt Srnec of Canonsburg, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Khushbu Shah of Vadodara Giujaray, India, Mylan School of Pharmacy.

The Center for Teaching Excellence also recognized graduate students who have earned the Certificate of University Teaching as well as more than 100 Duquesne peer leaders who were workshop presenters, teaching award and learning assessment committee members, faculty near-peer mentors and Flourishing Academic blog contributors.

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