Dr. Michael Kallam, professor of teacher education, has been named by a faculty recognition committee as the recipient of the Mediated Classroom Teacher Award for his performance in Fort Hays State University's College of Education.
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. Recipients are selected by a committee chaired or appointed by the respective college deans.
One award is given each month over the period August through May. Kallam is the recipient of the Mediated Classroom Teacher Award for February. He 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 teaching.
Kallam joined the FHSU faculty in 1987, and he has established a reputation for applying technology as a tool in the instructional process. He consistently uses mediated instruction in both undergraduate and graduate courses. He also uses technology to advise both on-campus students and students in FHSU's Virtual College. He has been a leader in developing mediated program elements and creatively exploiting their potential for distance learning.
Kallam previously won the Mediated Classroom Teacher Award in 1996. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1979 and a master's degree in 1980, both from the University of Tulsa, and a Ph.D. in applied behavioral studies in education in 1984 from Oklahoma State University. He has produced a long list of scholarly publications and also has served frequently as a consultant.