Faculty honored as outstanding teachers

For Immediate Release: May 9, 2013

TALE Outstanding Teachers BLOOMSBURG — Three faculty members will be recognized at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s spring commencement ceremonies on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, as the Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TALE) Outstanding Teachers for 2012-13.

Jennifer Johnson, assistant professor of psychology, and John Grandzol, professor of management, were selected by undergraduate students; Denise Davidson, assistant professor of school counseling and college student affairs, was chosen by graduate students.

Davidson’s nomination and selection is the first for the new TALE graduate teaching award. Nominating students praised her “expectation of excellence.” Known as a “demanding professor,” she “challenges her students to learn the material and connect it with other classes and their chosen professions.” Davidson will be honored at the graduate commencement Friday, May 17, at 6 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

Johnson’s nominators said she “goes out of her way to ensure that each student in her class, whether in a mass lecture or 20-person seminar, understands and learns the material provided.” She encourages students to become “intrinsically motivated” rather than just memorizing facts, and requires students to “think critically and apply their work, while at the same time giving back to their community.”

Students who nominated Grandzol called him an “outstanding teacher.” Students know that the “tools he is teaching them are what they will need when they begin a job.” He provides “learning experiences outside of the classroom to show how concepts are applied in the real world” and “piques interest in a topic.”

Johnson and Grandzol will be recognized at the undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, at BU’s Academic Quadrangle – Johnson at the 10 a.m. commencement for the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts, and Grandzol at the 3 p.m. ceremony for the College of Business and College of Science and Technology.
Each of the TALE outstanding faculty will receive a $1,000 professional development stipend, sponsored by the BU Foundation, and a plaque to recognize their achievement.

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