HAYS, KS -- Dr. Rita Hauck, assistant professor of technology studies, has been named by a faculty recognition committee as the recipient of the Mediated Classroom Teacher Award for her 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. Hauck is the recipient of the Mediated Classroom Teacher Award for February. She 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.
Dr. Tom Buttery, dean of the College of Education, said Hauck was selected because of her ability to provide instruction in a creative and innovative fashion, especially by using technology to supplement her teaching. She makes flyers and booklets that provide step-by-step, user-friendly aids for learning. She also makes the calendars and syllabi for all her courses available online, and she makes use of e-mail and Web-based research in her classes. Hauck said she applies the concept of "teacher as facilitator" in her classes to help her students learn. She puts teaching ahead of publishing or seeking grants.
Hauck joined the FHSU faculty in 1996 as an instructor of educational administration and counseling. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in social science and a master's degree in education from California State University, Los Angeles, a master's degree in business administration from FHSU, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in educational technology from the University of Kansas. She has been highly involved in community affairs through her church, the Boy Scouts of America, Hays High School and as a Spanish interpreter for the Kansas Highway Patrol.