Teaching achievement

he Teaching Achievement Awards were established in 1991 to enhance the teaching of the recipients and the quality of instruction at Carleton. Selection for the awards is based on demonstrated excellence in teaching and on the quality of the teaching development projects proposed. These awards are valued at $15,000 each.

Patricia Ballamingie
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Using Podcasts to Engage, Reinforce and Explore Critical Concepts

Patricia Ballamingie seeks to instill a critical perspective on contemporary environmental issues, so that her students have the analytical tools to become agents of positive change in the world. She presents competing (and sometimes contentious) claims, so that students can reach their own informed and thoughtful conclusions. Recognizing that learning styles vary, she attempts to integrate audio-visual and active learning components into her teaching. Ballamingie challenges students (and herself) to reconcile lifestyles choices with core values, especially related to sustainability and equity. “I credit my teaching success to a decade of pedagogical workshops offered through the Educational Development Centre,” says Ballamingie.

Prosenjit Bose
Professor, School of Computer Science

To Develop Discrete Math Materials for Computer Science Students

Discrete Mathematics (COMP 1805) has often been described as the most difficult first-year course in computer science with a high dropout/failure rate. Prosenjit Bose is being recognized for having turned this trend around by introducing some new ways of presenting this material to computer science students. The award will be used to develop some course notes based on his lectures where he presents discrete mathematics from a purely computer science perspective. Also, a web-based database of solved problems will be developed to help students put into practice the concepts introduced in class. “Teaching is all about communication. Often, in the classroom, it is one-way communication between the professor and students,” says Bose. “For the teaching to be effective, it must be two-way.”

James Green
Assistant Professor, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering

Service Learning in Biomedical Engineering

James Green promotes an interactive learning environment that engages students through a combination of example-based learning and in-class exercises. Green will use this teaching award to create new biomedical engineering student projects aimed at developing novel assistive devices for persons with disabilities. One planned project is a robotic guide dog. “By partnering with community groups and real ‘clients’, students will participate in ‘service learning’ leading to increased student engagement, and ultimately benefits for the students and the community.”

Mary McGuire
Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication

J-school for J-profs

Mary McGuire is described as a dedicated and skilled teacher who has led by example throughout her career at Carleton and has contributed to its ability to keep up with fast-changing media. McGuire will use award funds to launch a professional development series for the school’s faculty that will bring in professionals working in online journalism to talk about changing newsrooms and to share new skills and tools. “I am delighted that this award will allow my colleagues and me to update our skills and knowledge about the rapidly changing world of online journalism so that we can better prepare our students for the newsrooms of tomorrow, rather than the ones we left behind.”

Joanna Pozzulo
Associate Professor, Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice

An Introduction to Criminology: Where Law, Psychology and Sociology Meet
Joanna Pozzulo is an enthusiastic, supportive teacher and mentor who encourages an open exchange of ideas in lectures, seminars and individual supervisions. She will use the funds to build a new first-year criminology course which will integrate the different disciplinary perspectives of law, psychology and sociology to introduce students to the study of criminology. “The goal of the course is to integrate the three disciplines and faculty research programs as well as to demonstrate how working criminologists apply their knowledge and expertise. I want to address student concerns about employment early in the program, to provide a framework for future courses.”

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