Saturday, December 11, 2010

Outstanding Teaching Awards Given At Tech

Tennessee Tech University adjunct instructor Kristin Hauser and faculty member Paula K. Hinton are recipients of the newly created 2010-11 General Education Award for Outstanding Teaching. The award recognizes outstanding teaching in general education courses, the 1000- and 2000-level courses that fulfill general education requirements in communication, history, humanities/fine arts, math, natural sciences and social/behavioral sciences. The selection committee included faculty from each of these areas. All full-time and part-time faculty members, instructors and graduate teaching assistants who have taught general education courses at TTU for at least the past two full semesters are eligible for the awards. Each recipient receives a $1,000 cash prize.

"This award showcases the valuable and innovative work being done in courses that our students usually take in their first semesters at Tech," said Kurt Eisen, interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and chairperson of the General Education Committee. "These are the courses and faculty who lay the foundation of a successful college experience, and, we hope, create a lasting interest in learning."

Hauser, a part-time adjunct instructor of music appreciation at TTU, holds a master of music in woodwind performance from the University of Georgia and a bachelor of music education from Ohio State University. Hinton, associate professor of history at TTU, holds a doctorate from Miami University. She has taught history courses at TTU since 2001 and already holds a number of university awards, including the 2008 Outstanding Honors Faculty Member Award and the 2007 Outstanding Faculty Award for Professional Service. She currently serves as faculty head of The Service Station, one of TTU's new learning villages launched in the Fall semester.