The Alliance for Excellence in Online Education recognizes one faculty member, from a number of their member institutions, with the 2021 Faculty Member of the Year Award.
The faculty who participated in the program have been rewarded with public recognition, a commemorative plaque and certification, and a monetary award.
President, Dr. Patrick Callaghan is pleased to announce after a year of overcoming challenges and uncertainties, The Alliance for Excellence in Online Education is honoring five faculty members that have displayed the highest levels of teaching excellence during the pandemic. Beyond their strengths and innovation, these faculty leaders have demonstrated instructional quality and contributions to their curricular development, positive effectiveness in student learnings, and have presented quality strategies to better guide their students in a dynamic online environment.
The awarded individuals were selected against a competitive list of criteria. Though each institution received an impressive array of nominees and applicants, the selected elite demonstrated exemplary qualifications that met and surpassed the 2021 set credentials. This year’s criteria included the following:
The faculty member must have taught at least two online classes in the last 12 months.
A record of superior accomplishment in the area of excellence in online teaching and learning should contain clear and compelling evidence.
A record of superior accomplishment in the area of outstanding commitment to student success, based on compelling evidence.
In its nineteenth year of showcasing and celebrating best practices in online education, the Alliance for Excellence in Online Education is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2021 Faculty Member of the Year Award.
- Dr. Polly Bashore, Baker College, Owosso, MI
- Dr. Dave Schippers, Walsh College, Troy, MI
- Evelyn Chan, Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills, MI
- Kathleen Gerus-Darbison, Macomb Community College, Warren, MI
- Scott Gwinnell, Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Dr. Bashore serves as the Business Program Director for Baker College Online and recently assisted four Baker College undergraduate students in their first-place win at the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) 2020 Virtual Live Case Competition.
Recipients of the Faculty Member of the Year Award were honored virtually at the 2021 Distinguished Online Faculty Award Ceremony – Celebrating Best Practices in Online Education, held on May 21, 2021. They received recognition from their institution, and collective support from the members of the Alliance. They have also been asked to consider showcasing their work in an upcoming seminar so that other instructors can learn from their online teachings.
About The Alliance for Excellence in Online Education
For further information, please contact Dr. Patrick G. Callaghan, President of The Alliance for Excellence in Online Education at 248-875-6009. You may also visit www.A4EOE.org to learn more about the program and organization.
About Baker College
Founded in 1911, Baker College is Michigan’s largest, private nonprofit college and the top private transfer school in the state. Baker College has multiple on-ground campus locations and two affiliate sites across the state, as well as an online global campus offering more than 40 academic program options for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Learn more at www.baker.edu.