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OCU Set to Announce Faculty of the Year Awards
As the Spring Semester nears the end and another school year winds down, Oklahoma City University will announce its annual teaching awards during a ceremony April 3. OCU welcomes guest speaker Randy Bass, an author and editor of several books relating to innovative teaching theories and is the assistant provost for Teaching and Learning Initiatives at Georgetown University. Bass has spent 20 years researching new media technologies and how they can be used in teaching and learning. The Faculty Awards Luncheon will include individual honors in the following categories: Excellence in Teaching Award for Full-Time Faculty, Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty, Undergraduate Student Research Award for Faculty, Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Scholarship of Discovery, and Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Students have had an impact on the selection process. For example, students are invited to nominate their finest professors for the Excellence in Teaching Award for Full-Time Faculty via an online survey. A pool of the top candidates is then evaluated by a committee comprised of faculty and one student representative. “The process of selecting award recipients is faculty driven. This year we’ve added student representation on several of the committees,” said Chris Garrett, director of OCU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. “We have a dedicated and talented faculty on our campus, and these awards are an opportunity to recognize the great achievements of our teachers.” The Excellence in Teaching Award winners are expected to display a mastery of knowledge of the subject they teach, to creatively challenge their students to learn, give ample opportunity for feedback and gain the respect and trust of their students. The Undergraduate Student Research Award for Faculty recognizes the instructor who is deemed the best at getting the most out of their students in scholarly research projects. A special committee determines the winner based on the quality of student research and how well they guide their students through the process. The Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Scholarship of Discovery honors faculty members who make the most impact on their respective field of study. The Distinguished Achievement in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award recognizes OCU scholars for their critical reflection on teaching practices and assessment of student learning.