Excellence in Teaching Award
The Excellence in Teaching Award began in the 2018-2019 academic year. This is the highest honor Point Loma Nazarene bestows on it’s faculty to honor their teaching. The following faculty were chosen through processes that involved multiple avenues of nomination: the School and Academic Deans, the Rank and Tenure Committee, and subjective IDEA criteria. This process was designed by the Faculty Development Committee to honor exceptional PLNU teachers through multiple nomination pathways.
Pedagogical Enrichment Grants
The Center for Teaching and Learning offers six, $500 Pedagogical Enrichment Grants each spring semester, to be used toward a faculty member’s time researching, reflecting, developing, and measuring the results of an inclusive classroom strategy or intervention for their course(s). This grant grows out of CTL’s desire to create inclusive teaching and evidence-based practices at PLNU.
Teachers Noticing Teachers
Teachers Noticing Teachers is a program of peer mentoring designed to allow faculty to observe the teaching of a particularly accomplished colleague. Although many of the TNT participants are themselves extremely accomplished teachers, they become enthusiastic, inquisitive and probing students observing other teachers.
TNT participants visit the host professor’s class once in the first few weeks and then everyone—participants, host teacher and the CTL director—meets for lunch and talk. Conversation begins with two simple questions. “What did you see that you liked and that you think you could steal?” “What would you have to do in order to adapt that technique to your style and your class?” Conversation roams over a variety of teaching topics depending on the host professor’s style and on the interests and concerns of professor-observers. Every group provides rich conversation and stimulates deep reflection into the nature of teaching and the fascinating complexity of teaching well.
- “Science of Food and Cooking,” with Matthieu Rouffet, Chemistry
- “Scaffolding Prompts, Targeted Feedback, and Peer Review,” with Jaclyn Hadjipieris, GPS Writing
- “Self-Paced, Online Learning Experiences,” with Denise Necoechea, School of Education
- “Using Collaborations with Small Groups in Canvas,” with Gayle Sollfrank, History
Former TNT Professors:
John Wu, Psychology, Spring 2018
James Wicks, Com Studies, Fall 2016
Lindsey Lupo, History and Political Science, Spring 2016
Mike Dorrell, Biology, Fall 2015
Kevin Modesto, Sociology and Social Work, Fall 2014
Lori Carter, Computer Science, Spring 2014
Ross Oakes Mueller, Psychology, Spring 2013