Dr. Rory Terry wins faculty innovation award

HAYS, KS -- Dr. Rory Terry, assistant professor of finance, has been named by a faculty recognition committee as the recipient of the university's Outstanding Teaching Innovation Award for his performance in the College of Business and Leadership.

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 Adviser 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. Terry is the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Innovation Award for September. 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 Innovative Teaching Award from the College of Business and Leadership, a faculty member must use innovative approaches for instruction and show evidence of original contribution and increased learning effectiveness.

According to the selection committee, Terry has increasingly used the mediated classrooms at FHSU to enrich his presentations, using PowerPoint presentations for most of his classes. In his personal financial planning class, he uses Internet sites to show students how to create and set up their own model portfolios and how to shop for insurance and other products.

Dr. Terry has been at Fort Hays State University for the past three academic years, coming here from Oklahoma State University. He received his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Utah in 1992.

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