by Cherese Colston, Published March 19, 2012
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University has awarded its first Assessment Leadership Award to 10 faculty members. The award recognizes those who have dedicated more than three years to studying how to improve programs within their department, school or college.
Each recipient received a certificate of recognition and a gift of an assessment or facilitated learning book of their choice.
"The faculty members have also shown exceptional leadership and guidance among their peers and in their efforts to enhance the learning experiences for EMU students," said Peggy Liggit, director of academic assessment at Eastern.
The awardees are:
William (Doug) Baker, professor, Department of English Language and Literature
Colin Blakley, department head, Art
Mary Brake, professor, School of Engineering Technology
Christopher Herman, assistant professor, School of Health Promotion and Human Performance
F. LaVerne Higgins, associate dean, College of Business
Christine Karshin, director, School of Health Promotion and Human Performance
Jean McEnery, professor, Department of Management
Steven Pernecky, professor, Department of Chemistry
Shawn Quilter, associate dean, College of Education
Michael Tew, professor, Department of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts.
"I wanted to make sure these individuals know that their dedication and contributions toward improving programs and helping students learn makes a real difference." Liggit said.
In addition to the assessment award recipients, Donald Bennion, chair, Department of Teacher Education, was presented with the Academic Assessment Mentorship Award.
Bennion served as EMU's director of academic assessment from 1990-2002. During that time, he conducted assessment workshops, supported assessment efforts across campus and published the newsletter, "Assessment Matters."