Cynthia Danner-Kuhn, clinical instructor of teacher education 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 her performance in the College of Education.
Since the spring of 1994, the faculty recognition program has rewarded 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, creative approaches for instruction and show evidence of original contribution and increased learning effectiveness.
"My position involves training students to teach in the 21st century," Danner-Kuhn said. "A large portion of my position involves teaching teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms. To accomplish this, I believe it is imperative that I lead by example. I use technology daily in my classes and personally."
"Nominees for Outstanding Innovation in Teaching were judged on three things," said Dr. Thomas J. Buttery, dean of the College of Education.
"One, their ability to provide instruction in a creative and innovation fashion, and their teaching supplements their use of technology or is independent of the method of mediation.
"Two, their ability to blend theory and knowledge to implement course content and conceptualization in a unique fashion.
"Three, an elevated ability to advise students in a positive and interactive mode, and is professionally responsible and knowledgeable in utilizing creative approaches in individualized advising."
Buttery said that Danner-Kuhn has been "a pivotal player in the implementation of the college's award-winning LiveText portfolio program."
Buttery also said that Danner-Kuhn's students have been producing cutting edge video streaming of classroom instruction for placement in their portfolios.