FHSU's Finch receives outstanding faculty member award

Fort Hays State University's Dr. Amy Finch, associate professor of communication disorders, recently received the outstanding faculty member award from the Colleague-to-Colleague organization.

The announcement of award winners was made at the third annual C2C summer conference at Johnson County Community College from Aug. 1-2.

The outstanding faculty member award is given to a faculty member who best models methodology for instructional technology and who incorporates a variety of strategies in his or her courses.

"Among many other qualities, Dr. Finch's experience in creating and delivering CD-ROM, Web-based and mixed media courses make her an outstanding faculty member," said Dennis King, FHSU's director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technology.

Finch is one of the founding members and group leaders of the Professors of Online Learning group, which is dedicated to improving online learning at FHSU. Finch also coordinated and produced the Blackboard student tutorial, a course that teaches students how to successfully navigate and succeed in taking an online Blackboard class.

"I was extremely flattered that CTELT thought to nominate me for this award," said Finch. "I was honored to receive the outstanding faculty member award."

C2C's mission is to facilitate the exchange of information and expertise between faculty and staff involved in or interested in instructional technology, online instruction and distance education. With this in mind, the organization's primary focus is on staff development and collaboration between the community colleges, technical colleges and universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents.

FHSU's Mike Michaelis, assistant to the dean of the Virtual College, is currently the vice-president of C2C and will be president next year.

"Faculty and staff gain interaction and communication with their peers through the C2C organization," said Michaelis.

"Everybody is trying and experimenting with new ideas in distance education and the organization was designed for people to share ideas and learn from each other."

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