Nine NMU professors were honored for teaching, professional development and use of technology at the Celebration of Scholarship ceremony on Dec. 6.
Randall Jensen (HPER) and Michael Broadway (Geography), pictured left to right, received the Excellence in Professional Development Award.
Jensen came to NMU in 1995 and has engaged students in the study of biomechanics and applied exercise physiology. After teaching 3D analysis of sports activities during a sabbatical leave in Ireland, he pursued grant funds to develop advanced 3D motion analysis capability within the biomechanics laboratory at NMU.
Broadway's teaching and research interests include social geography, focusing on the role of the meat industry in transforming rural North America. He has written numerous articles and book chapters and is the coeditor of Any Way You Cut It: Meat Processing and the Transformation of Rural America and Slaughterhouse Blues: The Meat and Poultry Industry in North America.
Recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Award were Karin Stulz (Business) and Julie Rochester (HPER), pictured left to right.
Stulz joined the College of Business faculty in 1989 and primarily teaches associate degree programs. She was recognized for her enthusiasm in the classroom and her knowledge of the subject matter. Stulz is the author of a textbook on administrative procedures, advises a student organization and serves on many college committees.
Rochester joined the NMU faculty in 1999 and virtually single-handedly developed the athletic training program, which has grown and met rigorous accreditation procedures. Her teaching evaluations are consistently outstanding, as indicated by both quantitative and qualitative data.
The TLC Award was presented to five faculty members for their "exemplary use of notebook computers in teaching, research and community service." They are (pictured below left to right): Raymond Amtmann (Business), Patricia Hogan (HPER), Robert Whalen (English) and David Buhl (Mathematics and Computer Science. Kia Jane Richmond (English) was unable to attend the ceremony.
Amtmann electronically presents articles about information systems and the challenges of developing and implementing these systems to his NMU students and their counterparts at a Finnish university. He used a WebCT discussion board and posed questions to both sets of students, which enabled all participants to interact electronically and discuss different ideas.
Recognizing the value of wikis in solving complex problems in the business world, Hogan adapted the model to NMU. She spearheaded the development of the HealthCat Wiki, which promotes a continuous exchange of information on jobs and careers, health and fitness certifications, graduate school entrance requirements, fellowships, internships and volunteer opportunities.
Whalen was recognized for The Digital Temple prototype, which will make available to a wide audience not only a copy of the first edition of George Herbert’s The Temple, but also two of Herbert’s manuscripts. The project outcome will be a documentary edition and a digital portal into the work of an important figure in literary history. Whalen's prototype is part of a larger project currently under contract by the University of Virginia Press. It will ultimately be published through the press’ online digital environment, Rotunda.
Buhl was recognized as one of the first faculty members to begin exploring the potential of podcasting. This fall he began podcasting for his finite mathematics courses. His first experiments featured an audio recording of his lecture. As time passed, he incorporated video and graphics and utilized wireless microphones and PC tablets. Buhl now makes podcast lectures available to students in advance.
Richmond was asked by an English teacher in Texas to set up a system by which her sixth-grade students could get feedback on their writing from college students in NMU’s English education program. After researching her options, Richmond assigned mentors from her class to writing buddies in the Texas class and allowed them to collaborate online via Nicenet, “a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to providing free services to the Internet community.” NMU students provided peer responses to their writing buddies, received revisions and evaluated their buddies’ work.