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Christine Harrington, Ph.D.

Christine Harrington, Ph.D.
Middlesex County College

Christine Harrington is a dedicated instructor who serves in many roles. In addition to holding a full-time teaching position within the psychology department, she serves the Director of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching and the coordinator for Education and Student Success Programs. Fostering a strength based mindset is at the heart of her teaching philosophy. She strongly believes in the importance of self-efficacy. She focuses on building academic resilience in her students by helping them develop the skills needed to persevere even in the face of challenging and negative academic experiences. To accomplish high levels of academic resilience, she focuses on their mindset and support system. She helps them develop optimistic attitudes and interpret events productively. Scholarly research on attribution theory, cognitive psychology, and motivational theory guide her actions in the classroom. She emphasizes that mistakes are learning opportunities and sets her students up for successful outcomes by giving intentional and impacful assignments. She increased the academic rigor of the campus's freshman seminar course, rooted in her belief that getting students to engage in higher level cognitive tasks in their first year is a main factor in their success. She serves in a mentoring role, challenging and guiding students on their journey toward their goals. She utilizes reflection as one of her most powerful methods, as she is continually asking students to self-monitor their progress, reflect on what strategies are or are not working, and modify accordingly. By assisting students with reading actual research articles and talking more about research based success factors, students are thinking deeply about student success topics. The theme is holding students accountable while also creating a culture of support. Every action she takes in and outside of the classroom is carefully crafted to support students on their journey toward success.

 

Stephanie Foote

Stephanie Foote
Kennesaw State University

Dr. Stephanie Foote is a dedicated instructor who draws on her own research and the latest advances in the emergent discipline of First-Year Studies to provide students with the tools necessary for success in the educational environment. She engages students through collaboration and active interdisciplinary inquiry and discourse- a technique that is mirrored in the approach she takes in her research and practice. The resulting pedagogies of this focus have been integrated into the classes she teaches, and many have been adopted by other faculty who teach the first-year seminar courses in the department and at other institutions. Dr. Foote involves students in projects and assignments that help them develop the tools to succeed in college while also honing their ability to work as part of a team, develop research skills at the level expected of undergraduate students, and gain experience in making presentations in a public forum - all tools they must master to be successful students. Experiential exercises engage the students and encourage them to apply the ideas and concepts learned in class. She has been meticulous in keeping up with ever evolving face of education - Dr. Foote has embraced the online course model and her willingness to adapt and revise to meet the needs of online learners as well as utilizing the power of social media by incorporating it into her classes. She strives to create an environment where students will think more deeply, and ultimately, more critically. Through relentless dedication to research and a solid foundation in active and engaging teaching and learning, Dr. Foote has proved to be an educator of excellence.

 

David J. Sabol

David J. Sabol
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

David J. Sabol is a senior lecturer in the English Department & University College at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Sabol teaches professional writing and linked composition/first-year seminar courses that include community service, career exploration, and multiculturalism components. As a member of themed learning communities, Sabol collaborates with various faculty to provide first-year students with engaging curricular and co-curricular experiences. In 2001, Sabol co-founded the IUPUI Summer Bridge Program, which provides entering students with a successful jumpstart to their college career. He also co-founded and co-facilitates the IUPUI First-Year Seminar Faculty Learning Community, which delivers a multitude of professional development opportunities for faculty.

 

Michele Lee Kozimor-King

Michele Lee Kozimor-King
Elizabethtown College

Michele Lee Kozimor-King helps students strive to lead meaningful lives through her first-year seminar program at Elizabethtown College. Entitled Simple Living, the program seeks to engage students in active learning while connecting them to the community and each other. Kozimor-King assigns personality inventories to help the students understand themselves and their preferred learning styles. She promotes individual learning by using a wide variety of activities and making personal connections with students. In addition to her work in the classroom, she facilitates programs that encourage meaningful interactions among students and promotes engaged learning by advising a living-learning community.

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