Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Sanjay Rebello

Sanjay Rebello

2012-2013
Physics

To develop a deeper understanding of the science of learning, Rebello has collaborated with faculty across departments and institutions to continue his scholarship of how people learn and how they transfer their learning from one context to another to solve problems. Under the auspices of the campus-wide efforts related to the Year of the Brain, he is co-facilitating a study group to discuss the issue of memory and how it pertains to our learning and teaching. He will continue to participate in ongoing efforts to foster discipline-based educational research and evidence-based teaching at K-State.

 
Michael Wesch

Michael Wesch

2011-2012
Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

To develop new teaching methods that inspire and nurture new media literacy, Wesch led six faculty members in the creation and application of new media tools and activities in their teaching. All fellows in the program shared their progress, successes, and failures through an open blog (edparkour.com) and other new media methods (tweets, videos, wikis, etc.) in such a way as to invite other teaching scholars across the campus and around the world to help us achieve our goal of improving new media literacy.

 
Kimberly Williams

Kimberly Williams

2010-2011
Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources

Conducting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is an excellent way for teaching faculty in any discipline to evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching activities on student learning and to elevate their classroom innovations to scholarship. Williams conducted a university-wide survey to assess how SoTL is valued across the various cultures of K-State's Colleges; this effort contributed to understanding of how to motivate wider practice of teaching scholarship across disciplines. She also presented eleven programs to a variety of university and graduate student groups entitled 'How to Implement SoTL in Your Classroom,' which she continues to this day.

 
Douglas Benson

Douglas Benson

2009-2010
Modern Languages
Summary Report

The project supported the undergraduate diversity curriculum at K-State by redesigning and enhancing the Tilford Web Site with teaching resources and other materials, to be used by faculty and staff in their courses and in other contexts. A team of technological experts and diversity experts worked with me to address issues such as the educational benefits of a diverse learning environment, educational strategies that are inclusive of different cultural perspectives, and suggestions for multicultural course transformation. The site is available at tilford.ksu.edu.

 
Gregory Eiselein

Gregory Eiselein

2008-2009
English
Summary Report

To help new students with the transition to college-level learning, Eiselein is developing a First-Year Seminar program. With their small size and co-curricular activities, these seminars emphasize active learning and the critical thinking and communication skills needed to succeed in college. Outstanding faculty members from across the University teach these special freshman-only versions of regular academic classes.

 
Christopher Sorensen

Christopher Sorensen

2007-2008
Physics
Summary Report

To stem the ever increasing specialization of knowledge, Sorensen will develop interdisciplinary courses necessary for successful careers in science and engineering. He will also attempt to create courses that will bridge the great divide between the “two cultures”, science and the liberal arts.

 
Roger McHaney

Roger McHaney

2006-2007
Management
Summary Report

The 2006-7 Coffman project focuses on the colletion of distance learning techniques used across campus and the compilation of online educational resources to make the transition to distance learning easier for faculty. The project will facilitate communication within the K-State distance learning community and advance undergraduate teaching and distance learning.

 
Michael Boland

Michael Boland

2005-2006
Agricultural Economics
Summary Report

Many universities offer a program such as Preparing Future Faculty or a certificate in college teaching which enable graduate students to take several courses in college teaching and participate in other teaching experiences. Boland studied these programs and made a recommendation to implement a certificate program at K-State.

 
Harald Prins

Harald Prins

2004-2005
Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Summary Report

Dr. Prins developed an experimental field methods course in digital ethnography, explored how to apply theoretical and practical media knowledge to classroom teaching strategies, and how to assist students in developing critical skills of visual analysis essential in the age of globalization.

 
Andrew Barkley

Andrew Barkley

2003-2004
Agricultural Economics
Summary Report

Dr. Barkley organizaed a university-wide retreat and recognition banquet held in January 2004 at Rock Springs Conference Center. About 130 K-State faculty members registered for the day's events. More than fifty faculty and staff presented and discussed strategies for innovative and successful teaching.

 
Jana Fallin

Jana Fallin

2002-2003
Music
Summary Report

With the cooperation of many fellow faculty members, Dr. Fallin created a DVD, Engaging the Learner. Now available to new teaching faculty, the DVD presents helpful hints and example vignettes. She also initiated action-oriented gatherings of the University Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

 
Medhat Morcos

Medhat Morcos

2001-2002
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Summary Report

Believing that distance learning offers great potential to improve access to and enhance the quality of academic instruction, Dr. Morcos organized ten university-wide lectures on related topics and made the presentation slides available on a website.

 
Steve Thien

Stephen Thien

2000-2001
Agronomy
Summary Report

Thien, Steve J. 2003. A Teaching-Learning Trinity: Foundation to My Teaching Philosophy. J. Nat. Resour. Life Sci. Educ., Vol. 32, pp 87-92. (journal’s site: http://www.JNRLSE.org article's site: http://www.jnrlse.org/view/2003/e02-27.pdf

This work represents a soil scientist’s reflection (40 years of teaching) on the connections between teaching and learning and portrays the foundation to my teaching philosophy on how an understanding of teaching and learning processes can increase teaching effectiveness and student learning. From working definitions of teaching and learning, I describe their interaction, not as a duality, but a trinity; three processes linked as one: learning to learn, learning to teach, and teaching to learn. I describe how lifelong learners can be developed through understanding and successfully applying the processes within each segment of the teaching-learning trinity. I offer these comments in hopes they will inspire readers to develop their own journey toward mastering the teaching and learning processes in ways that improve teaching and learning outcomes.

 
Larry Williams

Larry Williams

1999-2000
Biology
Summary Report

 
Bryan Schurle

Bryan Schurle

1998-1999
Agricultural Economics
Summary Report

Dr. Schurle organized three university-wide forums and workshops in the area of distance education and technology. His intent was to stimulate thought and debate, to "move the debate past 'it is not going to work/it is going to work' to 'where will it work best?'"

 
Ann Stalheim-Smith

Ann Stalheim-Smith

1997-1998
Biology
Summary Report

Seven Swap Sessions and a major workshop gave faculty members opportunities to share and discover ideas on teaching and learning, and to form informal networks of support with faculty across campus. The Faculty Exchange for Teaching Excellence, a direct outgrowth of Dr. Stalheim-Smith's efforts, continues to promote these activities.

 
Dean Zollman

Dean Zollman

1996-1997
Physics
Summary Report

 

Cliff Meloan

1995-1996
Physics
Summary Report