Previous Outstanding Workshop Award Winners

Lizbeth Ellis, 2014

Lizbeth Ellis received the Outstanding Workshop Award because her workshop, Daily Five-Minute Quizzes: A Key to Student Engagement and Accountability, received the highest evaluations from participants of any of the workshops given by NMSU faculty or staff at the Teaching Academy this year. Professor and Attorney Lizbeth Ellis joined the faculty at NMSU 25 years ago, after a number of years in private practice of law. In 2004 she became head of the Department of Finance, and she presently serves as interim associate dean in the College of Business. Ellis teaches several business law courses, but her bread and butter has been the Legal Environment of Business course required of all undergraduate business students. This course served as the proving ground for the teaching strategy that was the subject of her outstanding workshop.

Jonathan Schwartz, 2013

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.

Sharna Horn, 2012

Sharna Horn has served as the coordinator for the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center since the fall of 2009. Prior to coming to NMSU, she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado State University and her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in counseling psychology at New Mexico State University. She is writing a co-authored book chapter focusing on psychological practice with lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered women. Last academic year, she created the Safe Zone Training: Helping NMSU to Create a Safe Space for LGBTQ Students, Faculty and Staff. This training was adapted for the fall freshman ENLACE EXITO! course.

Sharna wins the Outstanding Workshop Award because she received the highest ratings by participants for any workshop given by an NMSU educator in 2011-2012. She is the first-ever graduate student to win the Outstanding Workshop award.

David E. Smith, 2011

David E. Smith received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989 and joined the NMSU faculty in 1994. Teaching primarily in his department’s general chemistry program, he is actively involved in developing and evaluating formative assessment techniques especially as related to the use of remote response devices (“clickers”) in large classes. He was the 2009 recipient of the Teaching Academy Innovation Award and now regularly speaks on the topic of using clickers for formative assessment. He and his wife Janine have been married 22 years and have three children, the oldest of whom is now an NMSU student.

David presented Clickers in the Classroom: Involving Students and Informing Teachers, which received the highest ratings from workshop participants for the 2010–2011 academic year.

David Pengelley, 2010

David Pengelley’s mathematical research is in algebraic topology and history of mathematics, and he develops the pedagogies of teaching with student projects and with primary historical sources. David’s recent Teaching Academy workshop was titled “We lecture because they don’t read, and they don’t read because we lecture: How to beat the lecture/textbook trap!” about how he uses advance student reading, writing, and preparation to create higher level learning in the classroom, rather than merely passive first contact with new material. David was the 2009 recipient of NMSU’s Westhafer Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Mathematical Association of America’s national Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

Mary Prentice, 2009

Mary Prentice is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Management and Development department. She began teaching 13 years ago as a psychology instructor at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM); she was also the faculty coordinator of the college’s service learning program. Before coming to NMSU, Mary was the Dean of Social Sciences and Public Service at Illinois Valley Community College. Since coming to NMSU, she has also served as the grant evaluator for the American Association of Community Colleges’ Broadening Horizons through Service Learning project, which focuses on service learning’s connection to civic engagement, learning outcomes, and retention.

She presented the Teaching Academy workshop, Students as Partners in Learning: Co-creating the Class Syllabus,which received the highest participant rating of any workshop presented by an NMSU faculty or staff member.

Michèle Shuster, 2008

Michèle Shuster was an early adopter of clickers, and has collaborated with colleagues in the Biology Department to assess the impact of clickers on student learning. Her workshop at the Teaching Academy included an overview of practical issues and positive learning outcomes associated with clicker use. She is now fondly known as the “Clicker Queen” at the Teaching Academy. She has many interests centered around teaching and learning, including facilitating two sections of Team Mentoring for Graduate Students who Teach Courses and Labs each Fall at the Teaching Academy and on-going SoTL projects in her microbiology and cancer courses.

She presented the Teaching Academy workshop, Engaging Students with Clicker Technology, that received the highest rating by participants.

James Caufield and Mardi Mahaffy, 2007

James Caufield is serving in his second year as Library Instruction Coordinator at the NMSU Library, where one of his interests is helping faculty design assignments that include library research. Before coming to NMSU he taught philosophy at various universities and colleges in New York, and then served as Reference Librarian at St. Cloud State University (Minnesota). He holds a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Philosophy, and also a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.

Mardi Mahaffy holds a Master’s of Library Science degree from Indiana University, and serves as the Humanities Librarian at New Mexico State University. She currently teaches a course in Information Literacy. Her research interests include the formation of collaborative partnerships between libraries and other university faculty or services. Prior to coming to NMSU, Ms. Mahaffy served as the Government Documents Librarian at East Central University in Ada, OK.

Together, they presented the Teaching Academy workshop, Designing and Managing Student Research Assignments, that received the highest rating by participants in 2006–2007.