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 Leena Palomo's periodontal video game:
A need for teaching methodologies exists that captures the attention of the millennial, or "video game," generation. One potential way to accomplish this is to develop novel and innovative uses of technology in the areas of didactic and clinical teaching. Palomo aims to develop a web-based portal to allow School of Dental Medicine students to simulate treatment outcomes for a patient. In short, the portal is a "video game." The goal is for students to use the portal to learn to synthesize patient information and develop recognition patterns centering on periodontal therapy. Doing so will allow students to understand the importance of preventive and surgical periodontics in the scope of comprehensive care dentistry.
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 February 6. Winners will be announced toward the end of the spring semester.
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