Central Michigan University's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences has announced the three recipients of its annual
Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards.
A committee led by Associate Dean Marcy Taylor and a representative from each department within the college selects recipients through nominations and letters of recommendation from students, faculty and alumni. Each winner receives $500 for professional development materials and activities.
History faculty member Brittany Fremion is the recipient of the Maroon Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award for regular faculty, and
Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work faculty members Dusty Myers and Elizabeth Whitaker are the recipients of the Gold Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award for fixed-term faculty.
Fremion's teaching expertise includes environmental, U.S., women's and oral histories. She has helped organize and direct the
Michigan PBB Oral History Project and believes teaching is an important and unique form of activism.
Myers is known for his enthusiasm for the content he teaches; his detail-oriented preparation and organization skills; and his respect for students' voices, ideas and nonacademic lives. His teaching expertise includes cultural anthropology, cultures of Africa with a focus on development in Ghana, racism and discrimination, social justice in a global society, and intercultural dialogues.
Whitaker's teaching expertise includes quantitative analysis, research methods, family and society, and sociology of work. She is a dedicated teacher who says her first concern is the development of students into thoughtful and capable thinkers with the confidence and skills to contribute to their communities and be successful in their chosen pursuits.