Jordan earns Mediated Teaching Award for February

HAYS, KS -- Dr. Win Jordan, assistant professor of business administration at Fort Hays State University, has been named by a faculty recognition committee as the recipient of the university's Outstanding Mediated Teaching Award for his performance in the College of Business and Leadership.

The faculty recognition program rewards outstanding teacher innovators and outstanding mediated classroom teachers from each of the four colleges of the university. Two other special awards -- Teacher/Scholar/Innovator of the Year and Faculty Advisor of the Year -- are also part of the program. A committee chaired or appointed by the respective college deans selects recipients.

One award is given each month over the period August through May. The award includes a check for $300 and a university lapel pin that signifies teaching excellence. The university provides two-thirds of the financial award and the other third comes from Commerce Bank of Hays, which established a fund with the university to help recognize outstanding faculty teaching.

To win the Outstanding Mediated Teaching Award, a faculty member must use innovative approaches for instruction and show evidence of original contribution and increased learning effectiveness.

Speaking on behalf of the selection committee, Dr. Richard Peters, dean of the College of Business and Leadership and professor of business administration, said, "Upon his arrival, Dr. Jordan had no experience teaching in a mediated classroom, so this was a new experience for him. However, as he says, 'You get spoiled quickly.' During his first semester here, he was thrown headlong into both TV and regular mediated classrooms. He wholeheartedly adapted and has not looked back since.

"He enjoys teaching in the mediated environment, using the overhead projection systems for PowerPoint presentations, Excel instruction, and for projecting printed materials for the class. When appropriate, he uses the VCR for enhancing certain concepts of the course. When combined with the traditional whiteboard work, he presents a well-rounded approach to teaching.

"Dr. Jordan is currently developing Blackboard materials to supplement his classroom work. These materials include vignettes depicting how various types of problems are worked or explaining difficult concepts as supplements to the textbook descriptions. Homework sets and their solutions are also being prepared. These materials will serve as excellent resources to traditional classroom teaching, enabling more in-class time to be spent on interactive exercises. They will also greatly facilitate distance education by bringing more tools into the hands of the students.

"As the instructor of accounting information systems, Win has combined in-class discussion of database theory and approaches with numerous small-group sessions out of class in order to help students gain an understanding of how to design and develop relational databases. These databases are then built in the student laboratories, giving the students experience that will be of great value as they enter the modern workplace."

Jordan earned his bachelor of arts degree in journalism and university studies in 1975 from Brigham Young University. Five years later, Jordan earned his master of business administration degree from Brigham Young University, Graduate School of Management. In 1996, Jordan earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in business administration, majoring in managerial accounting and minoring in accounting information systems.

Jordan is currently in his fourth year at FHSU. He previously taught at the University of Idaho, Moscow, and Michigan State University, East Lansing. His professional experience includes positions in manufacturing as a research engineer, manager and inventory accountant.

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