Dr. Helen Miles, assistant professor of health and human performance at Fort Hays State University, has been named by a faculty recognition committee as the April recipient of the university's Outstanding Mediated Teaching Award for her performance in the College of Health and Life Sciences.
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 from August through May. Miles received 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.
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. Tony Fernandez, dean of the College of Health and Life Sciences, said Dr. Miles "uses traditional computer based programs in conjunction with the latest digitizing programs to analyze body motion, employs ADAM to teach anatomy and physiology and allows students hands-on use of technology."
ADAM is a computer based anatomy program that teaches anatomy through computer simulation.
"Dr. Miles is at the cutting edge of motion analysis, biomechanics and kinesiology and uses modern and appropriate mediated technology to ensure that her students have every opportunity to learn effectively," said Fernandez.