Teaching Excellence Awards

 Year Awarded: 2006

Faculty Award winner

Drew Lanier

 College of Sciences

 Political Science

Students retain more of course material when they are actively engaged in the learning process. Accordingly, I employ a mixture of lecture and the Socratic Method. Doing so communicates the basic concepts and ideas in the course, while also measuring the students' comprehension, leading to more a profound understanding.

Students will retain more of the course material if it is relevant to their daily lives.

Because of my academic and professional background, I frequently offer examples and concepts to consider, which makes the material more vibrant than if it were discussed only abstractly. Asking students if they can provide examples of important concepts also facilitates active, engaged student learning.

Students learn through repetition.

All students must have a basic understanding of important concepts and terms so as to allow them to proceed to more sophisticated analyses. All students are able to learn the material if they are exposed to it several times in various ways.