Teaching Innovation Award
Columbus State University strives to be a leader in innovative methods for improving student learning and in efforts to improve retention and graduation. This award recognizes and rewards the efforts of faculty members who develop and practice innovative methodologies in pedagogy. This award showcases the creative innovations of the faculty members that facilitate enhanced learning. This award specifically focuses on the uniqueness of the “program actions” that increase student interest and drive achievement.
The University’s academic community recognizes that not all strategies will result in positive gains in student learning but without the effort there can be no gain. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.” — T.S. Eliot. This award recognizes the effort and documentation of outcomes by the faculty member attempting to create a new learning strategy or methodology and celebrate the faculty’s willingness to expand boundaries of traditional and established teaching strategies.
2019-2020 Teaching Innovation Award Recipient
Dr. Aisha Adams, Assistant Professor
College of Letters and Sciences
As a learner-focused instructor, Dr. Adam's courses provide rich and rigorous learning experiences for students. Employing a variety of innovative teaching strategies, she encourages critical thinking and engages students in the subject matter. Her teaching strategies include learning communities, writing intensive courses, and undergraduate student research, all of which increase academic success and broaden the learning experience for students. She works closely with her students outside of the classroom, making herself available to students via a diversity of communication tools – phone, email, text messaging, CougarView, and other electronic medium.