Three win TALE Outstanding Teaching award

For Immediate Release: May 9, 2014

TALE Outstanding Teachers

BLOOMSBURG— Three Bloomsburg University faculty members have been selected as the Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TALE) Outstanding Teachers for the 2013-14 academic year.

This year’s winners are Denise Klinger, instructor of educational studies and secondary education, school counseling and student affairs program; Jodie Ackerman, instructor of interpreting in the department of exceptionalities; and Babak Mohassel, assistant professor of sociology, social work, and criminal justice.

Each winner will receive a plaque and a $1,000 professional development stipend sponsored by the Bloomsburg University Foundation.

Klinger was nominated for the award by graduate students, who say that “she is able to share the toughest and proudest moments of her career and make them part of the lesson.” She is known for “continually reflecting on her teaching practices” and “tailoring her instruction to meet the needs of her students.”

Ackerman was nominated by undergraduate students, who believe she is the “strongest person” they know. She is a “professor who teaches with her heart” and who “generously donates much of her time in and outside of the classroom,” helping to solidify her students’ decisions for choosing the major and profession of interpreting.

Mohassel was also nominated by undergraduate students, who believe that he serves as “a model for what a professor should strive to be.” They state that he deserves the award because he brings an “energy to the classroom that is unparalleled” and that his “teaching knowledge is so authentic and accurate” because he takes his “past working experience and applies it to issues” they cover in class in “colorful and enthusiastic ways.”

The award is bestowed by BU’s TALE Center.

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.