Gleichsner wins FHSU's mediated classroom teacher award for March

Dr. Jean Gleichsner, associate professor of agriculture, has been named by a faculty recognition committee as the recipient of Fort Hays State University's Mediated Classroom Teacher 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/Innovator of the Year and Edmund C. Shearer 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. Gleichsner is the recipient of the Mediated Classroom Teacher Award for March. She 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 Mediated Classroom Teacher 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.

On behalf of the selection committee, Dr. Robert Stephenson, associate professor of agriculture, said, "Jean was the first faculty member in the Agriculture Department that fully embraced the use of Blackboard for both on- and off-campus courses.

"Jean also developed two Web-based courses that permit students to complete requirements for an agriculture major without having to be on campus," he said. "Digital photography has been used extensively in her courses to illustrate points and to capture class activities. These images have been incorporated into class PowerPoint presentations as well as appear on the Agriculture Department's Web site to show other students what happens in her courses throughout the semester. Jean also has assisted other faculty in using Blackboard in their courses."

Gleichsner has been an associate professor of agriculture for FHSU since 1988. She received her bachelor's degree in both agriculture education in 1982 and agronomy in 1983 from the University of Wisconsin. She received her master's in 1987 and her doctorate in 1988 in crop science and international botany from Oregon State University in Corvallis.

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