Professor wins Teaching Innovation Award

For immediate release: May 20, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center awarded the 2015 TALE Teaching Innovation Award to Mary King, assistant professor of communication studies. She received $500 for professional development.

The award recognizes innovation that promotes significant or meaningful learning by changing the way a lesson, subject or course is traditionally taught. King required students in the special topics course, Health Communication Campaigns, to develop and implement a campaign to reduce underage and dangerous drinking at BU. For the campaign, BUResponsibly,” students researched and gathered data about college students’ drinking behaviors and developed, implemented and evaluated a peer-to-peer campaign. King will share her teaching innovation through TALE during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Samuel Gross, assistant professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, and Lauren MacKenzie, assistant professor of communication studies.

Gross developed a series of reading and writing assignments to challenge students to rethink the purpose of math. MacKenzie developed a project for the Intercultural Communication course that requires students to design and deliver a pre-departure orientation for a country with which BU has a study abroad exchange program.

The award is made possible by the BU Foundation.

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