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Appalachian’s Office of General Education honors two faculty members with teaching awards

Facultyawards_t.jpgBOONE—The Office of General Education at Appalachian State University recently honored two faculty members for their attention and dedication to first year students.

Jeff Goodman received the Rennie W. Brantz First Year Seminar Teaching Award and Dr. Paulette Marty received the Wayne D. Duncan Appalachian State University Faculty Enrichment and Teaching Fellowship.

FacultyAwards_t2.jpgPaulette Marty, left, and Jeff Goodman have received awards for their attention and dedication to first year students at Appalachian State University. (Photo by University Photographer Marie Freeman)

“Jeff and Paulette represent a wonderful cadre of people we have at Appalachian who are committed to providing new opportunities for our students,” said Carter Hammet-McGarry, director of general education at Appalachian. “I am thankful we have awards that celebrate the gift of good teaching and the impact it has on students.”

The Rennie W. Brantz First Year Seminar Teaching Award is named for Brantz, who directed the university’s Freshman Seminar program for 14 years.  This award is presented annually to a professor who exhibits commitment, dedication and passion in teaching what is now called First Year Seminar. This award honors professors who have enthusiasm, innovation and competence and who effectively connect the learning in the classroom to the life of a broader world.

Goodman wrote in his teaching philosophy that, “Every student comes to college with passion about something, and my connecting to students in a First Year Seminar requires my paying careful attention to what they love. The trick is to leverage their personal enthusiasms into a willingness to think broadly and critically, into an excitement for producing original creative work…”

A student who nominated Goodman wrote, “I strongly believe that he is an absolutely wonderful and inspirational teacher,” and “teachers like Mr. Goodman and our Freshman Seminar class are reasons why I plan on staying at this institution.”

Goodman has been an instructor and practitioner in residence in the Reich College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction since August 1993. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard College and his master’s degree in educational media from Appalachian. He is known for his many skills in areas of experiential science, computer technology, the integration of technology and science, digital imaging, video production, photography and media literacy.

The Wayne D. Duncan Appalachian State University Faculty Enrichment and Teaching Fellowship is named for Duncan, a past chairman of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees and a current member of the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors. The annual fellowship is awarded to a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication and excellence in performing their duties as a teacher in general education courses.

Marty is a member of the General Education Council and served on the General Education Task Force that developed Appalachian’s signature program that builds the foundation of a student’s academic experience.

Marty is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre from the College of St. Benedict, a master’s in English and European renaissance drama from the University of Warwick, U.K., and a PhD in theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined Appalachian in 2004.

Her teaching specialties include theatre history, dramatic literature, dramaturgy and cross-disciplinary topics.

“I consider teaching students in the liberal arts classroom to be the most important part of my professional life,” Marty said. Her teaching style develops students’ integrative thinking skills.

“By examining the diverse relationships between theatre practices and their historical contexts in a variety of eras, I strive to help students recognize that various events, forms, ideas, systems and policies are interconnected in complex ways in any given cultures” and so “they will be more likely to look for such interconnectedness in their own cultures and lives,” she said.

In nominating Marty for this award, department chair Marianne Adams described Marty as “a committed ‘idea’ person. She has been instrumental in developing the most innovative courses our department has proposed for the new general education program,” Adams said.

Marty also serves as the production dramaturg for student productions and creates Web sites and lobby displays in order to explain the historical contexts behind the plays. She has been published in various theatre journals and is currently working on a book about a festival held in 1575 in honor of Queen Elizabeth I.