2012-2013

Recognizing innovation in teaching

To find innovative and inspiring teaching methods, you don’t have to look beyond the WPI campus-- many of our most creative and effective examples are coming from WPI’s early career faculty.

To find­­ innovative and inspiring teaching methods, you don’t have to look beyond the WPI campus—many of our most creative and effective examples are coming from WPI’s early career faculty.

The Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education recognizes and rewards the teaching accomplishments of non-tenured, tenure track professors. Since 1999, the award, named for a former WPI professor, has been given to young faculty who are making significant contributions to undergraduate education.

The 2012 winner, Jeanine Skorinko, assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies, was recognized for her work in revitalizing WPI’s Psychological Science program by placing empirical research at the core of student learning. Fueled by her belief that students learn theory by engaging in research and observation, Skorinko transformed undergraduate psychology courses into active learning experiences and provided rich, research-fueled opportunities for students outside of class.

Students in Skorinko’s Introduction to Psychology class test and apply psychological principles to their own lives and predict, record, and analyze their discoveries. Undergrads in her Research Methods course experience the whole research process from start to finish as they conduct graduate level research projects culminating in public poster presentations.

Previous Moruzzi Award winners have made equally impressive achievements—they’ve designed new courses and interdisciplinary programs, infused courses with multi-media technologies and real world applications, and created local and international project centers where students use their knowledge to make impacts on communities in need.  

“The Moruzzi Award keeps the engine of educational improvement in high gear among our early career faculty.” says Chrysanthe Demetry, associate professor of mechanical engineering and Director of the Morgan Teaching and Learning Center. “The fact that we receive such strong nominations year after year is a testament to their commitment to teaching effectiveness and innovation.”

December 7, 2012

 
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