SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Briar Cliff University’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) presented its annual awards on May 1 to faculty and staff who have made outstanding contributions to the Center’s mission over the past academic year. The awards ceremony, nicknamed the “CELTies,” honored 48 Briar Cliff employees. CELT Director Matthew Pangborn credited the honorees for making the Center’s year its most successful ever, pointing to the award winners’ work as demonstrating the University’s continuing commitment to innovation in teaching and learning on campus.
Vice President for Academic Affairs Todd Knealing presented the awards, and Jessie McCormick, Director of Academic Achievement, hosted the presentation, which covered six categories of contribution. At the top of the list were nine faculty members the Center deemed “MVPs” for their multiple modes of contributing to CELT. Foremost among this group was the Center’s director for next year, Daniel Jung. The other MVP awards went out to Wendy Brame, Cathy Grimsley, Brian Hazlett, David Hoferer, Breanne Kirsch, Paul Korchin, Lucas Kramer and Willie Suárez.
21 instructors were recognized for their participation in Briar Cliff’s cohort of instructors who completed a year-long, grant-funded online course in research-based effective teaching strategies. The course, delivered by the Association of College and University Educators, and co-funded by the Council of Independent Colleges, addressed over 200 evidence-based teaching practices aligned with the latest research in cognition and adult learning. Those who completed the course were April Allen Vo, Wendy Brame, Stephen Brown, Ted Bryan, Jeff Gard, Carla Grey, Alicia Harper, Brian Hazlett, David Hoferer, Paul Korchin, Lucas Kramer, Kathy Magorian, Mark McGlynn, Jeremy Owens, Matthew Pangborn, Nathan Probasco, Liz Rembold, Grant Riedel, Jay Rhodes, Erin Small and Patricia Taylor.
12 faculty members were thanked for their participation in the Center’s team-based learning (TBL) workshop, which took place over the span of two days and involved collaboration with twenty teachers from Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools. Those TBL participants included Melanie Berte-Hickey, Wendy Brame, Catherine Grimsley, David Hoferer, Daniel Jung, Breanne Kirsch, Paul Korchin, Lucas Kramer, Mark McGlynn, Kristen Perez, Nathan Probasco and Willie Suárez.
22 employees were recognized for their participation in the Center’s book-study group, which met over the fall semester. This group discussed How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching, by Marie K. Norman, Marsha C. Lovett, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro and Susan A. Ambrose. Those reading-group participants were Melanie Berte-Hickey, Stephen Brown, Ted Bryan, Catherine Grimsley, Anasara Henry, Dawn Hobbs, David Hoferer, Angela Houk, Daniel Jung, Breanne Kirsch, Paul Korchin, Lucas Kramer, Kathy Magorian, Jessie McCormick, Jeremy Owens, Kristen Perez, Liz Rembold, Sara Staver, Heather Stehr, Willie Suárez, Patricia Taylor and Judy Thompson.
15 honorees received recognition for their presentation of material at CELT sessions over the course of the past academic year. These presenters were Ryan Allen, April Allen Vo, Jeff Baldus, Wendy Brame, Jeff Gard, Catherine Grimsley, Brian Hazlett, David Hoferer, Daniel Jung, Breanne Kirsch, Michael Kushnick, Sister Janet May, Erin Small, Willie Suárez and Gretchen Wheelock.
Finally, 10 BCU employees were thanked for their high rate of participation in CELT sessions. These honorees were Jon Carey, Michael Crowley, Tricia Currans-Sheehan, Paul Ermak, Jenni Hanni-Schmitz, Sherry Koehler, Brenda Parkhill, Chuck Shaffer, Janine Sonichsen and Rich Yates.
Congratulations to all of this year’s CELTie award winners! For more information about the Center’s work and its plans for the next year, please contact Daniel Jung at email@example.com.