College of Liberal Arts Celebrates Outstanding Teaching at CLA DAY!

At the OSU CTL we are committed to creating and sustaining a culture of teaching excellence. We are always thrilled to see how different colleges and units on campus celebrate the hard work that goes into classroom and online instruction. Just recently, CLA shone the spotlight on teaching in their College.  We join them in cheering on the Teaching Award winners in particular.  If you celebrate teaching in your college, let us know so we can share the accolades with a broader audience.

The Thomas R. Meehan Excellence in Teaching Award–Recognizes outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching in the College of Liberal Arts. This honor is made possible by Thomas and Margaret Meehan and carries a $3,500 award.

Sharyn Clough, Professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion. Shari’s tireless dedication to innovative teaching and her passion for engaging students both within and outside of the classroom make her a truly exceptional teacher.Shari’s dedication to undergraduate education at OSU extends from her work with Philosophy majors and minors to teaching students in the University Honors College and across the university. Whether in upper-division Philosophy courses, Honors College courses and seminars, or in Bacc Core courses, Shari energetically adapts her teaching to suite her diverse audiences.Shari’s course syllabi reflect her dynamism, being updated frequently to reflect innovations and developments in the field and new and emergent pedagogical models. She creates an inviting, inclusive classroom, the successof which is evident in the great range of gender, cultural, and ethnic diversity among her students.Shari has consistently demonstrated profound dedication and innovation in her teaching, both inside and outside of the classroom, throughout her career at OSU.

The Isabelle Brock Memorial Outstanding Instructor Award–Recognizes exceptional contributions by a CLA Instructor through teaching and mentoring students.

Ameer Almuaybid, Instructor in the School of Psychological Science. Ameer’s dedication to student success has led to phenomenal opportunities and outcomes for students. A lotof students. Since starting as a full-time instructor in Fall 2016, Ameer has taught 5,342 students in 26 sections. Ameer mostly teaches General Psychology, a Bacc Core class that is also required for the Psychology major. These courses can be challenging because of the course size; up to 395 students per section.As part of a new effort to create a greater sense of belonging and engagement for Psychology majors, in addition to his teaching duties, Ameer piloted a new Psychology careers class to welcome new majors, including first term students and transfer students. Ameer found an outstanding lineup of employers to present in class, with some students actually hired straight out of the careers class.Ameer also launched a new Psychology club open to any student interested in Psychology. The club regularly draws over 100 students to meetings. Ameer and the team of club officers created career nights, field trips, and service learning projects with campus partners in Career Services, Psi Chi (the International Honor Society in Psychology), and CAPS.

Cheers to Shari and Ameer!!

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