Left to right: Professors Craig Schmitt, Paul Calleja, Michelle Gray, Angela Smith-Nix and Amanda Sullivan, all from the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation.
The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation won the 2022 Daniel E. Ferritor Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching at the U of A.
Department faculty were recently surprised with $10,000 and a trophy. A university plaque bearing the name of the department will also be displayed in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Pavilion for one year.
The award recognizes a department or unit on campus that best displays teaching excellence for that academic year. Winners are selected based on the department or unit’s sustained commitment to teaching excellence, faculty development, and student success, and the extent to which it measures teaching excellence and learning.
The Ministry of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, in the College of Education and Health Professionsis the largest department by student numbers at the U of A. In its application, the department noted that its 29 faculty members, 26 graduate assistants, seven adjunct professors, and three staff members are committed to creating an environment that maximizes opportunities for students. Hit.
In its application, the department cited its collaborative culture and a “student-centered mindset,” where teaching excellence is embedded in all functions. The department also believes that teaching and research are interdependent, so they provide many opportunities for students to engage in internships and internships. Many are done through faculty-led labs on campus, but the department maintains close ties with many community and international partners. Another way the department helps ensure student success is through a program that recruits ambassadors to serve as the “eyes, voice and ears” of fellow students.
“This award is simply recognition for what our faculty have been doing every day for decades, which is to put students first,” said Michelle Gray, acting department head. “We have been successful in recruiting excellent teachers who work with students at every level, both in the lab and in the classroom.”
She said the prize money will “support teaching initiatives in the department through professional development workshops furthering our mission to maintain excellence in high-impact teaching.”
The honor, which is awarded by the Provost’s Office and the Teaching Academy, was voted on by a committee made up of four Academy members and three provost-appointed professors. The award is funded by the Chancellor’s Office.
Dr Brian Primack, Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions, said: “I was delighted to learn that our Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation has won this prestigious award. Physical and emotional health is more important than ever. great that our future exercise scientists, public health practitioners, physical education teachers, and recreation and sport specialists are receiving exceptional training.”
“The HHPR department embodies the spirit of the Daniel E. Ferritor Award. Its faculty demonstrate a passion for teaching excellence and innovation, work tirelessly to innovate new pedagogies and truly promote student success at the U of A,” said Kathryn Sloan, Vice -president. Provost of Faculty Affairs. “We are honored to be able to recognize HHPR faculty and students with this prestigious award named after one of the U of A’s esteemed educators.”
The award is named in honor of former U of A Chancellor Daniel E. Ferritor, recognizing his longstanding commitment to students and faculty and his consistent support for excellence in teaching and learning. learning at the U of A. The Teaching Academy, organized by Ferritor in 1988, co-sponsors the award with the Provost’s Office and seeks to advocate and represent the interests of teaching, promote and foster an environment of excellence in teaching and learning and to encourage the recognition and reward of exceptional teaching.
About the College of Education and Health Professions: The College of Education and Health Professions provides advanced academic degrees as well as professional development opportunities and learning communities to serve the education and health systems of Arkansas and beyond. The college provides training and experiences for a variety of professional roles, ranging from community mental health counselors to teachers and school leaders. Adult education and higher education programs, as well as educational technology and sports management, offer a wide range of options. In addition to education-related opportunities, the college prepares nurses, speech-language pathologists, health educators and administrators, recreation professionals, rehabilitation counselors, and human performance researchers.