The Teaching Academy serves NMSU educators through training, mentoring, and networking. It helps NMSU educators develop extraordinary teaching lives embedded in exceptional careers.
Most Distinguished Member
Pat Hoffman earned the Most Distinguished Faculty Award by virtue of participating in the most hours of professional development at the Teaching Academy of any faculty in the past year. Dr. Hoffman is college associate professor in the Department of Sociology. In 2003, Dr. Hoffman was hired at NMSU to develop an online degree in sociology. This bachelor's degree was very successful and the master's degree was added with funding from a grant co-authored by Pat. Her experience teaching in an inner city school in Detroit and on the border between Virginia and West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains helped her develop a deep concern for students who just need a boost, not so different from many of our students here at NMSU. According to Dr. Hoffman, many students say if it were not for the online degree they would never have been able to get a degree.
Teaching Academy Innovation Award
Kulbhushan Grover received the Teaching Academy Innovation Award for his application of experiential learning in his teaching. The Teaching Academy Advisory Board selected Dr. Grover's application from a very competitive pool. Dr. Grover is an assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. He enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in sustainable crop production, including organic agriculture. He strives to integrate his research and extension activities into his teaching and to stimulate his students to think critically and apply knowledge gained to solve real-world problems with experiential learning. He will have his article on experiential learning published in the June 2013 issue of the North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Journal. Dr. Grover recently received the Educator of the Year Award from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Organic Program. His other notable teaching innovations include inquiry based learning, collaborative learning and a student-farmer-extension colloquium.
Outstanding Workshop Award
Dr. Jonathan Schwartz received the Outstanding Workshop Award because his workshop, Working with Challenging People, received the highest evaluations from participants of any of the workshops given by NMSU faculty or staff at the Teaching Academy this year. Dr. Schwartz is a professor and department head in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology. He is a licensed psychologist with a focus on prevention of violence and conflict. This focus helped inform his outstanding workshop on working with challenging people. Dr. Schwartz has published in the area of men and masculinity, prevention, and intimate violence. He has written multiple articles and book chapters on the ethics of prevention. Dr. Schwartz received the 2011 Fritz and Linn Kuder Early Career Scientist/Practitioner Award. In 2003, he was named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division of Counseling Psychology.
Most Distinguished Postdoc Member
Aleksandra Andic earned the Most Distinguished Postdoctoral Award by virtue of participating in the most hours of professional development at the Teaching Academy of any postdoctoral or graduate student in the past year. Dr. Andic is a hardworking postdoc in the Astronomy Department, where she studies the sun. She is from Bosnia, received her Ph.D. in Germany, and worked in the U.K. At the Teaching Academy, she completed a number of courses, including: Effective Teaching, Engaging Millennial Learners, Working with Diversity, Encouraging Excellence in Teamwork, Flipping your Classroom, and How to Evaluate Teaching. In addition, she participated in two longer courses: Team-Based Learning and Teaching Scholars: Excelling as a Teacher. In the Fall of 2012, Dr. Andic taught The Planets, Astronomy 105G, in which she applied all of her newly learned teaching methods to her students' delight.