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Bentley Faculty Earn 2006 Innovation in Teaching Awards

January 18, 2007

Demonstrating a continued commitment to excellence in teaching, Bentley College recently honored five faculty members with 2006 Innovation in Teaching awards. The recipients were selected from a pool of nominees by the Teaching and Scholarly Activities Committee, in close association with Wilder Teaching professors. Winners received a certificate and a $2,000 stipend.

Winners and a brief description of their courses include:

Arts and Sciences:

Gregory Hall, associate professor of natural sciences, director of the Honors Program: Students in Hall's Cyber Psychology course presented a full-day professional development seminar to more than 300 Milton public school teachers that addressed safety issues associated with the increasing use and misuse of the Internet by children. The Bentley students conducted research, designed the seminar, and delivered the following four modules: Internet safety, social networking through text, social networking through media, and curriculum resources. The feedback from the teachers was so positive that a follow-up program is now being planned for parents.

John Ken Stuckey, assistant professor of English: Stuckey's Expository Writing 101 course allows students the opportunity to sign an 'A-Team' contract, which stipulates the specific requirements and criteria for students such that, if everything is completed at acceptable quality levels, the students are ensured of getting at least a 3.7 for this course. Specifically, students must complete an aggressive assignment sequence of more than 20 formal essays and revisions, shared pedagogical responsibilities, and a class-led project to construct their own writing handbook.

Business:

Ellen Foxman, associate professor of marketing, and Shawn Hauserman, assistant director for academic programs, Bentley Service Learning Center: In response to the devastation brought on by Hurricane Katrina, Foxman and Hauserman adapted the ID299 course to rebuild business processes for the Bayou LaBatre family practice health clinic in Alabama. Working in conjunction with six support courses, students acted as project managers for the various process groups from these courses. Aided by GROOVE, a virtual office software application, students presented a business plan and other deliverables to Regina Benjamin, MD, chief operating officer and head physician for the clinic.

Mark Frydenberg, senior lecturer, computer information systems and institutional software specialist: For the second year in a row, Frydenberg has earned the award for his IT 101 course. Frydenberg has replaced textbooks with technology by capitalizing on the increased popularity of portable media players to distribute course materials to students. In the course, students create ten-minute video podcasts that summarize the course lecture for that day. These podcasts are then posted for students' viewing and comment. In this process, students learn to use software tools to create multimedia presentations that not only convey their understanding of the material, but enhance learning for the entire class.

    BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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