The academic fields and disciplines of the 2008-09 Glennan Fellows vary as widely as the projects they are engaged in.
Awarded each spring, Glennan Fellowships are administered by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) and designed to reward excellence in faculty and to nurture their growth as teachers and scholars.
This year's Fellows are Darin Croft, anatomy; Lisa Huisman Koops, music; Kelly McMann, political science; Leena Palomo, periodontics; and Gregory Tochtrop, chemistry. Their subjects of their work include areas of study in anthropology, child development, undergraduate research, periodontics and technology and curriculum development.
Today, learn about Kelly McMann and her political science project:
In the discipline of political science, most undergraduate research methods courses do not provide students with the experience that makes research exciting to them—the ability to better understand something that interests us. Students learn the tools of the trade but they only have the opportunity to apply them to other people's concerns. This reduces not only students' enthusiasm for research methods, but their incentives to learn them well. This problem extends into the professional realm, as journalism and consulting professions demand an understanding of basic methodological concepts, such as causal inference. McMann's solution is to use a Glennan Fellowship to overhaul the political science research methods course into a hands-on experience where students practice using the tools of the trade on a project of their choosing.
Glennan Fellowships are funded by an endowment established by T. Keith Glennan, a former university president (CIT 1947-66), and awardees must be tenure-track faculty members who show exceptional promise in both teaching and scholarship.
Nominees are faculty, who are on the tenure track. Fellows must demonstrate a balance of teaching and scholarship, evidenced by research publications, books, grants, artistic achievements or other accomplishments. Contributions to teaching can range from curricular and academic program development to participation in education-related activities.
Nominations for the 2009-2010 Glennan Fellows are due in February and winners will be announced towards the end of the spring semester.
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