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Peer Review of Teaching Project Wins National Recognition
In February, UNL’s Peer Review of Teaching project received a TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award Certificate of Excellence. Named in honor of Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, the award is given annually to the program judged to have best met the three award criteria: significance of the program to higher education, appropriate program rationale, and successful results and impact on undergraduate teaching and student learning.
Project co-directors Paul Savory, Amy Burnett and Amy Goodburn along with Dave Wilson received the award. Savory is an associate professor of industrial and management systems engineering; Goodburn is an associate professor of English and women’s studies; Burnett is an associate professor of history; and Wilson is professor of teaching, learning and teacher education and a special assistant for faculty development in UNL’s Office of Academic Affairs.
The UNL project is an intensive yearlong program in which faculty examine and reflect on how their teaching supports student learning. Through conversations, writing and analysis, participants document, test and assess their teaching using a model similar to that used when conducting scholarly research. The model validates the notion that teaching is an intellectually rigorous activity, Goodburn said. “It allows you to represent the intellectual work that goes into developing and teaching a course,” she said.
Barbara Couture, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, praised the work of the co-directors. “This faculty-driven initiative emphasizes the intellectual and scholarly work of teaching, an effort that supports our faculty and helps ensure that our students have the best educational experience that we can deliver,” she said. “We are proud of the excellent work done by Amy Burnett, Amy Goodburn, Paul Savory and the many other faculty members who have participated in this project for bringing this honor to UNL.”