2020 Faculty Symposium: A Teaching and Learning Celebration

 

Welcome to the 2020 Teaching and Learning Celebration - Faculty Symposium.  We are so pleased that you have chosen to recognize our award recipients and explore some of the innovative teaching projects that our faculty have been working on in 2019.  We value the support of our donors and administration in making these projects possible.  While we won't have a formal recognition luncheon this year, we appreciate you taking the time to support your colleagues through looking at their work via online delivery.  We hope you enjoy the submissions. 


2020 Presidential Teaching Excellence Award Recipients

David Aguilar-Alvarez

Assistant Professor

Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

David is an assistant professor of nutrition and has taught at Weber State for five years. He is from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. His hobbies include Origami and basketball. He played basketball in college for the Technological Institute of Sonora. David says his best moments as a teacher are when his students get awards in recognition of their hard work.

Brandon Burnett

Assistant Professor

Chemistry

Brandon is an assistant professor of chemistry and has taught at Weber State for five years. He got into chemistry because he thought his grandfather was a chemistry professor. “I learned only too late, after I had already fallen in love with chemistry, that my grandfather was actually a physics professor.” Brandon describes his best moment as a teacher: “A student who had worked very hard to get through multiple classes of mine stopped by my office one afternoon with her acceptance letter to graduate school. With tears in her eyes, we celebrated her achievement and reflected on all of the difficult things she was able to do during her undergraduate classwork.”

Sally Cantwell

Professor

School of Nursing

Sally is a professor of nursing and the associate chair of the department. She has taught at Weber State for thirteen years. She loves reading-always has. Sally loves people, crowd watching is a favorite pastime. Her hobbies include: trail running, lake surfing, tennis, and almost anything outside. She also loves traveling. “I’d be a student forever and have a billion different careers if it was possible-learning new things is a passion of mine.” Sally’s best moments as a teacher are when she has the opportunity to make an impact on students who are caring for patients in our community. “Whether it is improving communication, enhancing their task-based skills, or impacting their love for learning; these moments shared with me by students are the most rewarding!!”

Brian Chung

Professor

Zoology

Brian is a professor of zoology and has taught at Weber State for thirteen years. He is originally from Canada and recently was granted US citizenship (now dual Canadian/US). One of his hobbies is target shooting. Brian’s best moments as a teacher are when students return to thank him for helping them achieve their dreams.

Tamara Goldbogen

Associate Professor/Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair for Arts Learning

Performing Arts

Tamara is an associate professor and the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair for Arts Learning. She has taught at Weber State for seven years. She has two rescue hound dogs (Louie and Frida), and she used to live in Hawaii. Some of Tamara’s most memorable moments as a teacher have been getting to see the transformation of students who start the semester off saying "I'm not creative" and end up with a new appreciation of the arts and what they can accomplish. She also loves learning from the students themselves. “I’ve been lucky to have curious, generous, and all around awesome WSU students in my classes!!”

Spencer Hilton

Instructor

School of Computing

Spencer is an instructor in the School of Computing and has taught at Weber State for fifteen years. Fun fact: “I was once bumped into by Luke Skywalker.” Spencer describes one of his best moments as a teacher: “Watching a single mother who came in to interview for a needs-based scholarship (because her situation was so destitute) battle her way through school and graduate into a great high-paying job. I loved watching her quietly grow in confidence and her tenacity in finishing school.”

Brandon Koford

Associate Professor

Economics

Robert L. Marquardt Outstanding Teaching Award Recipient

Brandon is an associate professor of economics and has taught at Weber State for ten years. “Lately, I have had a lot of fun waking up a little too early, driving a little too far, hiking a little too long, and getting home a little too late. I do love a good drive-hike-drive!” Brandon describes a memorable moment as a teacher: “My first semester a student came to me and asked if I thought he could pass the class. He had been out ten years and only needed stats to graduate. With a lot of hard work on his part and a little extra time on my part, he made it!”

Kristina Moleni

Instructor

Social Work

Kristina is an instructor in the social work department and has taught at Weber State for nearly eight years. “I come from a mixed background. My dad is from the beautiful islands of Tonga and my mother is from the beautiful islands of Idaho.” Kristina says she has memorable moments as a teacher every semester and that diversity students continue to impress her with their willingness to step into their discomfort and open their lenses to different ways of knowing.

Marianna Norseth

Adjunct Instructor

Foreign Languages

Marianna is an adjunct instructor of foreign languages and has taught at Weber State for twenty-eight years. I love to read, ride bicycles, live theater, good movies, and hopefully hike again if my knees will let me. Marianna describes one of her memorable moments as a teacher: “One particular student took 10 different courses from me between 1998- and 2004. The student was an officer of Hill Air Force Base and after he graduated from WSU, he went to live abroad and was transferred to many posts in many countries. He and his wife kept in contact with me via email and Facebook. To my surprise, after almost 10 years had passed, he walked into my classroom while I was teaching a class and gave me a big hug. Words can not describe the emotions of that day. These are the priceless moments that make being a teacher worthwhile.”

William Pollett

Instructor

English

William is an instructor of English and has taught at Weber State for nineteen years. He loves to sing and dance and play musical instruments. He also loves nature and hiking in the mountains. William says that the classroom provides the best teaching moments but receiving thanks from former students truly adds perspective to the far reach of the profession.

Tressa Quayle

Assistant Professor

Nursing

Tressa is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and has taught at Weber State for six years. She is married and has four kids: 3 boys ages 10, 7, 5, and a girl age 2. She and her family like to spend time in Island Park fishing and kayaking. She also loves to watch her kids play sports. They love basketball and soccer. Tressa received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Weber State. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in nursing education at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to teaching at Weber State, she worked at McKay Dee as a labor and delivery nurse. She loves nursing and teaching. “I feel so fortunate that my job is the best of both worlds! Go Wildcats!!!” Tressa says her best moment as a teacher was when she received a message from a student that recently graduated. The student wanted to let her know that her first night as a nurse she had a patient with a life threatening postpartum hemorrhage. She was able to remain calm and save the woman’s life due to the simulation Tressa had taught her.

Gene Sessions

Professor

History

Gene is a professor of history and has taught at Weber State for forty-five years. Interesting fact: “After ten grandsons, I finally have a granddaughter coming.” Gene says one of his best moments as a teacher was when he was teaching in the Honors Program years ago. He had an incredible group of students who performed with such depth and effort that he considers it the apogee of his career to this day.

Presidential Teaching Awards

Spring 2019

Jessica Greenberg

Alice Mulder

Brian Rague

Fall 2019

Anne Bialowas

Joseph Blake

Ryan Cheek

Kacy Peckenpaugh

 


George & Beth Lowe Teaching Grant

Spring 2019

Rieneke Holman

Fall 2019

Bridget Hilbig

Kacy Peckenpaugh


Community Engaged Learning Innovative Teaching Grant

Spring 2019

Colleen Packer

Jeremy Stott


2020 Faculty Sustainability Research Awards

Hal Crimmel

English

For his book Utah’s Air Quality Issues: Problems and Solutions.  The award is shared with the following WSU faculty who contributed chapter, Eric Ewert (Geography), Therese Grijalva (Economics), Matt Gnagey (Economics), Will Speigle (Automotive Technology) and Mark Stevenson (Anthropology). 

 

Francois Giraud-Carrier

Supply Chain Management

For his research titled “Pollution Regulation of Competitive Markets,” published in Management Science in 2019

 

 

 


Faculty Symposium Poster Presentations

Campus Operations and Academics: An Interesting Case of Community-Based Research

Carla Koons Trentelman

Sociology

Digital Theatre Design : An Interdisciplinary Course Connecting Computing and Theatre Arts

Jessica Greenberg

Theatre

Brian Rague

Computer Science

Grammar Practice Doesn't Have to Be Boring!

Brooke Kelly

English

Becky Marchant

English

High-Impact Practices in Online Education

Linnette Wong

Health Promotion

In My Shoes: Building Awareness and Understanding of Marginalized Groups

Colleen Packer

Communication

Jeremy Stott

Visual Art & Design

Nursing Faculty Simulation Training Project

Rieneke Holman

Nursing

Rachel Ardern

Nursing

Nursing Simulation Curriculum Development Project

Rieneke Holman

Nursing

Rachel Ardern

Nursing

Online Civic Advocacy Degree

Ryan Cheek

Communication

Anne Bialowas

Communication

Oral History as High Impact Educational Practice

Sarah Langston

Head of Special Collections

Take Us As We Are

jo Blake

Performing Arts

 Teaching for Sustainability: Supporting Innovation Across the Curriculum

Alice Mulder

Geography, Environment and Sustainability/Director, Sustainability Practices and Research Center

 

Using College Field Trips to Prepare Future Professional Teachers

Shirley Dawson

Teacher Education