Kandt wins FHSU's outstanding teaching innovation award

Dr. Greg Kandt, associate professor of health and human performance, 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 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/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. Kandt is the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Innovation Award for November. 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 Teaching Innovation Award from the College of Health and Life Sciences, a faculty member must use innovative approaches for instruction and show evidence of original contribution and increased learning effectiveness.

In a letter of support for Kandt's nomination, Dr. Jeff Briggs, chair of the Department of Heath and Human Performance, said, "Greg does an exceptional job of using innovative techniques in the courses that he teaches. He uses a variety of instructional formats and involves students directly in the subject matter by organizing field and research experiences that are consistent with the subject matter."

"Dr. Kandt has been involved in numerous research projects in conjunction with students, undergraduates and graduates," Briggs said. "Many of these projects have led to professional presentations at professional meetings at the state, regional and national level. Students have benefited greatly from these exercises and have developed an advanced perspective of the research process in exercise and fitness. In addition to research activities, Dr. Kandt gets students involved in a variety of departmental projects and activities such as the stroke rehabilitation program, adult fitness and adult aqua exercise programs and physiological assessment of athletic populations. These hands-on learning opportunities for the students take a tremendous amount of time and energy to coordinate. However, Dr. Kandt is always willing to make the extra effort to provide students with exceptional experiences."

Kandt came to Fort Hays State University in 1989 after working as an assistant professor of health, physical education and recreation at Arkansas State University. He received his bachelor's and master's degree from FHSU and earned a doctor of education degree from the University of Arkansas.

Kandt has contributed research toward the publication of departmental research.

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