Viera among honorees at "Celebrate Teaching!" Kickoff
|January 30, 2013|
The Gillings School of Global Public Health community gathered in the Armfield Atrium on Jan. 29 to applaud eight faculty members – one from each academic unit at the School – who were selected by their students to receive the School’s second annual Teaching Innovation Awards.
Anthony Viera, MD, director of the Health Care and Prevention Concentration and distinguished associate professor of family medicine in the UNC medical school, was voted the representative of the Public Health Leadership Program. Other 2013 Teaching Innovation awardees were Orlando Coronell, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering; Amy Herring, ScD, professor of biostatistics; Amanda Holliday, MS, clinical assistant professor of nutrition; John Paul, PhD, clinical associate professor of health policy and management; Kurt Ribisl, PhD, professor of health behavior; David Richardson, PhD, professor of epidemiology; and Marcia Roth, MPH, director of training initiatives in maternal and child health.
Herring, Paul and Ribisl also won teaching awards in 2012.
First presented in February 2012, the awards honor faculty members who “improve the learning environment by integrating new technologies, engaging students in interactive activities, employing creative assessment methods, and introducing and incorporating progressive curriculum ideas into the classroom.”
A $1,000 prize is intended to help each awardee advance his or her educational development in teaching and learning.
The teaching innovation initiative developed out of the School’s SPH2020 efforts and through a teaching and learning task force held at the School in 2011. The task force had recommended identification, encouragement and reward of high-quality teaching; enhanced technology and applications for teaching and learning; and identification and support of faculty members who are early adopters of curriculum innovation.
The School’s academic programs committee sponsored the event.
“I am delighted that we on the academic programs committee, with support from chairs, central administration units, and Dean Rimer, are committed to implementing recommendations that support innovative, interdisciplinary learning environments that are responsive to issues of diversity and inclusion,” said Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, professor of nutrition and epidemiology and associate dean for academic affairs at the School.
At the awards ceremony, Siega-Riz noted that in addition to launching teaching celebration month last year, the committee was able to fund several faculty members to be innovative and interdisciplinary in the design or revamping of their courses. Funding was announced in December 2012 for Drs. Alice Ammerman, Tim Carney, Anita Farel, Kurt Ribisl, Daniel Pomp, James Porto, Sue Hobbs, Rohit Ramaswamy and Deborah Tate, and to Shelley Golden, Jay Levy and Kathy Roggenkamp. Read about their courses, some of which began this semester, elsewhere in the School’s online news.
Siega-Riz also recognized Sarah Beth McLellan, maternal and child health master’s student, who coordinated student voting for the teaching innovation prizes. Students in the Department of Health Policy and Management received a $500 prize for casting the highest percentage of votes for the award nominees.
The award presentation was the initial event for “Celebrate Teaching!” Month. Three other events about teaching innovation, also sponsored by the academic programs committee, are scheduled during February. Designed for faculty members and teaching assistants, the events include: