Crowley wins FHSU's outstanding teaching innovation award

Dr. Tim Crowley, chair of the Music Department, has been named by a faculty recognition committee as the recipient of Fort Hays State University's Outstanding Teaching Innovation Award for his performance in the College of Arts and 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/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. Crowley is the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Innovation Award for December. He received a check for $300 and a university lapel pin that signifies teaching excellence. Two-thirds of the financial award is provided by the university 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 Teaching Innovation Award from the College of Arts and Sciences, a faculty member must use innovative approaches for instruction and show evidence of original contribution and increased learning effectiveness.

On behalf of the selection committee, Dr. Richard Heil, chair of the Department of Political Science and Justice Studies, said, "Dr. Crowley has incorporated the presentation, student feedback and classroom assessment features of the Blackboard system into his on-campus sections.

"This provides two advantages to his teaching: One, the recordings can be called up during the class session from the digital library of the course site, and two, students can access these recordings asynchronously outside of class time. In addition, he has introduced the use of computer-assisted composition software into his courses.

"Using the program Finale, students deliver soft copies of their work to him by e-mail or diskette and he projects them during class for critical discussion and active learning.

"I find this to be an effective mechanism for bringing the class together as a learning unit," Crowley said. "I find that these uses of technology to further confirm the basic premise of teaching music is to present and discuss models and then require students to 'do music.' My implementation of technology into these courses is simply a new method of teaching a very old art."

Crowley came to Fort Hays State University as a department chair in 2000. Prior to arriving at FHSU, he served as department chair at Cameron University in Lawton, OK. He received his bachelor's degree in clarinet performance from Bradley University in Illinois in 1990, and both his master's in composition, in 1993, and his doctorate in composition, in 1995, from the University of North Texas.

Crowley has composed nearly 30 works for acoustic and electro-acoustic media. He has also had many of his works published and has performed regularly throughout North America.

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