Excellence in Teaching Awards
Nominations for the Excellence in Teaching Awards are made by students. They are asked to consider several criteria, including depth of knowledge in the subject; ability to provide effective links between course content, research, and experiential learning; and the rigor of course content. Award decisions are made by a committee composed of faculty members and representatives of the undergraduate Student Government Association and the Graduate Student Government.
Tova Olson Sanders, Assistant Academic Specialist in Education and Organizational Leadership
Tova Sanders is a faculty member in the Graduate Education programs of the College of Professional Studies, as well as the head of the Organizational Leadership Studies concentration. Her research and teaching focus on shared and distributed leadership, organizational learning, and individual and organizational identity. She provides exceptionally well-organized and rigorous courses in online formats to graduate students who are working professionals, making deft use of technology to provide extensive feedback. Students praise the organization of her courses for truly scaffolding their learning, especially important in online formats.
Dennis Shaughnessy, Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Professor Shaughnessy’s signature courses—Social Entrepreneurship and the Social Enterprise Field Programs in developing countries—are tied directly to the work of the Social Enterprise Institute that he directs. He designed both the social entrepreneurship track within the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and the interdisciplinary social entrepreneurship minor at the university. Students describe Professor Shaughnessy’s courses as exceptionally demanding and profoundly inspiring, integrating on-campus instruction with fieldwork abroad. He calls upon students to put their ideas to work on compelling global problems, and his courses provide “incredible real-world application of academic concepts,” say his students.