English professor wins TALE award

For Immediate Release:  May 6, 2014

BLOOMSBURG—Michael Sherry, assistant professor of English, is the recipient of the first Teaching Innovation Award, presented by Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center (TALE).

The award promotes teaching innovations and encourages faculty to take risks in the classroom and exchange ideas across campus. A teaching innovation promotes significant or meaningful learning by changing the way a lesson, subject or course is taught. Recipients receive a plaque and $500 for professional development, sponsored by the Bloomsburg University Foundation, and are asked to share their innovation through TALE.

Sherry was honored for designing a digital archive, the Student Writing Archive Project (SWAP), that allows future English teachers to browse, search and sort through student writing, teacher feedback and teacher interviews about assignments, lessons and practices associated with writing instruction. The archive includes authentic writing samples from students of different grade levels, geographic regions and linguistic backgrounds and enables teacher candidates to gain insight into how practicing teachers implement writing instruction.

Three faculty members received honorable mention: Michael Martin, assistant professor of English, for bringing experiential learning into his Writing for the Internet course; Kathryn Yelinek, government documents and research librarian, for utilizing Polleverywhere.com to assess the learning impact of library instruction; and Amarilis Hidalgo-DeJesus, professor of languages and cultures, for infusing pen pal activities, Skype conversations, direct interviews and translation of comics into her language class, and observing International Poetry Days.

Members of the awards committee were facilitator Lisa Stallbaumer-Beishline, associate professor of history and TALE director; Helmut Doll, professor, Institute for Interactive Technologies; Loren Selznick, assistant professor of business education and information and technology management; Nogin Chung, associate professor of art and art history; Johan Van Der Jagt, assistant professor of exceptionality programs; Candice Klingerman, assistant professor, biological and allied health science; and Sybil Holloway, assistant professor, counseling and human development.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.