The Innovation in Teaching Award honors faculty who have implemented outstanding innovative teaching approaches shown to increase student learning and success. The award is also designed to encourage the dissemination of these approaches to colleagues across disciplines.
Innovative teaching is defined broadly and may include the use of new instructional technologies, the use of traditional technologies in creative ways, novel approaches to instruction, and new ways to engage students in the learning process.
The Innovation in Teaching Award was awarded to one representative from each college and the library.
Dr. Liz Berquist is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education where she works with pre-service educators and teaches a variety of courses including Working with Families of Children with Disabilities, Assistive Technology, and Universal Design for Learning and Differentiated Instruction. Dr. Berquist also supervises interns placed in Baltimore County and Baltimore City Public Schools. Her research interests include Universal Design for Learning, conceptual change, faculty professional development, transforming schools through inclusive practices and enhancing university-school partnerships. She is also a member of the CAST UDL faculty cadre.
Ryan Murray is an Assistant Professor in the Electronic Media and Film Department at Towson University. He is a multidisciplinary artist who creates paintings, videos, music, and sculptures. His work explores the connections and disconnections between rationality and psychedelic mysticism in pop culture. He has exhibited artwork across the United States in gallery exhibitions, video screenings, and books. Murray received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Kathleen A. Gould, Ed. D., M.A., R.D., L.D.N. has been a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Science at Towson University since 2005. She is a Registered Dietitian and has taught nutrition courses in the Department of Health Science and Kinesiology. In May 2013 she completed her doctorate in Instructional Technology at Towson University in the College of Education. Her doctoral research was focused on student self-directed learning readiness and success in online problem based learning.
Dr. Dana Kollmann is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. She earned a MFS (Master of Forensic Science) degree from George Washington University and a MA and PhD from American University. Dr. Kollmann has over 12 years of experience as a crime scene investigator and has worked forensic cases and performed bioarchaeological analyses of human remains regionally and abroad. Her research interests broadly include mortuary archaeology, paleonutrition, and the bioarchaeology of Late Woodland populations in the Middle and Upper Potomac Valleys of Maryland.
Sara Arnold-Garza is a Research & Instruction Librarian at Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library. She is liaison to the Department of Political Science and provides research assistance and information literacy instruction to the university community. Sara’s focus is to bring innovation to library services and to promote diversity in the profession of librarianship. Her interests include library instruction and information literacy, the future of the academic library, and learning new things.
Dr. Matthew Hemm is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and is a Jess and Mildred Fisher Endowed Chair of Biological Sciences. Dr. Hemm has taught the Molecular Biology Lecture and Laboratory classes, as well as the Molecular Biology graduate class. His area of study is the identification and characterization of small proteins in bacteria, and is particularly interested in the integration of small protein research into the laboratory classroom.
Dr. Larry Wimmers
Dr. Larry Wimmers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and the Director of the Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics program. Dr. Wimmers is an advocate for undergraduate research. He previously chaired the University Undergraduate Research Committee, has received several NSF grants to support undergraduate research and serves on the Executive Board of the national Council on Undergraduate Research. His academic research interests include plant cell membrane function and plant adaptation to environmental stress.