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.
 
This year's Teaching Innovation Award winners (l-r) are Dr. David Richardson, Dr. Anthony Viera, Dr. Orlando Coronell, Ms. Amanda Holliday, Dr. John Paul, Ms. Marcia Roth and Dr. Kurt Ribisl. Not pictured: Dr. Amy Herring.

This year’s Teaching Innovation Award winners (l-r) are Dr. David Richardson, Dr. Anthony Viera, Dr. Orlando Coronell, Ms. Amanda Holliday, Dr. John Paul, Ms. Marcia Roth and Dr. Kurt Ribisl. Not pictured: Dr. Amy Herring.

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.
 
Dr. Siega-Riz congratulates the awardees.

Dr. Siega-Riz congratulates the awardees.

“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:

  • Friday, Feb. 8 at noon in 2301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall – “Flipping the Classroom,” led by moderator Mellanye Lackey, MSI, health sciences librarian and adjunct assistant professor in the School’s Public Health Leadership Program. Panelists include Suzanne Hobbs, DrPH, clinical associate professor of health policy and management and of nutrition; Melinda Beck, PhD, professor of nutrition; and Marcia Roth, MPH, director of training initiatives in maternal and child health.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 3005 Michael Hooker Research Center – “Teaching Public Health with Cultural Humility,” with Vivian Chavez, DrPH, associate professor of health education at San Francisco State University. Register for lunch at http://tinyurl.com/alknyqe.
  • Monday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. in 228 Rosenau Hall – Jim Porto, PhD, clinical assistant professor, and Jay Levy, adjunct lecturer, both in health policy and management, will introduce “FranklinStateSim,” an integrated simulation learning game that can be used in public health courses.

 
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UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu.