Cooper Receives Excellence in Teaching Award
The 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards banquet took place Thursday, December 5 at the Holiday Inn Downtown. From Diversity Leadership to awards in research, advising, and teaching, the annual awards banquet honors faculty excellence in all areas of the college mission.
“As we recognize particularly outstanding faculty this evening, I want to thank all of our faculty in the college, individually and collectively, for everything you do— your teaching, research, service on college and university committees, thesis committees, and tenure and promotion committees, and service to the public through community engagement,” said Theresa Lee, dean of the college and emcee for the awards ceremony. “A college can be no greater or stronger than its faculty and the College of Arts and Sciences is a college of excellence because each of you has a passion for our profession and you work selflessly to make our students, departments and university the best they can be.”
Beth Cooper, distinguished lecturer of psychology, received a Lecturer Excellence in Teaching Award. Cooper contributes both inside and outside of the classroom. In the classroom, she is a “Rock Star,” according to her students. She teaches courses at all levels, including the more than 200-plus-enrollment introductory psychology course. She has utilized grants from the Teaching and Learning Center to emphasize engaged learning in her classes. For the department she has led course redesigns, mentored other lecturers, and has been a go-to person for GTAs who want to improve their teaching.