WSU Tri-Cities Education faculty honored by WSU for rebuilding programs, certifying future teachers
RICHLAND, Wash. — WSU Tri-Cities College of Education faculty members received both of the faculty excellence awards announced today at a WSU-wide College of Education meeting.
“Out of a total of eight college-wide and department-wide awards, our faculty received four,” said Elizabeth (Liza) Nagel, academic director of the Education programs at WSU Tri-Cities.
• Dr. Eric Johnson, assistant professor of teaching and learning, earned the Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching for his work in creating courses that stimulate inquiry and promote a desire for further exploration through a combination of collaborative group activities, seminar discussion and individual work. His nominator touts that he “single handedly rebuilt a floundering program on the Tri-Cities campus” which now effectively produces teachers ready to meet the needs of their students. Eric models innovative school-community collaboration as evidenced by the integration of community participation assignments to help expose his students to linguistically diverse contexts.
• Dr. Maria Moscatelli, professional certification coordinator and instructor in teaching and learning, earned the Faculty Excellence Award for Service. She has focused much of her energies into bringing integration, coordination, and high standards of performance to the Teacher Professional Certification program and pre-service field experiences. She has set the pace for the other ProCert programs around the state. Maria is responsible for our teacher candidates being placed in vibrant classrooms, provided strong supervision by trained supervisors, and exposed to an integrated gateway to the profession.
• Dr. Michele Acker-Hocevar, associate professor of educational leadership, received the department award for Service to the Profession.
• Dr. Amy Roth McDuffie, associate professor of teaching and learning, received the department award for External Funding
• Dr. Judy Morrison, associate professor of teaching and learning, received the WSU Tri-Cities-specific award for Collaboration and Networking. Morrison recently was named the state’s Higher Education Science Teacher of the Year by the Washington Science Teachers Association.