Kells wins FHSU's Mediated Classroom Teacher Award

HAYS, KS -- Dr. Karolyn Kells, assistant professor of nursing, 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 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/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. Kells 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. 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. Mary R. Hassett, chair of the Department of Nursing, said that Assistant Professor Kells was selected for the award because she has spent enormous amounts of time developing and using mediated tools for delivering quality learning experiences for her students.

"She has tackled and mastered several packages, from Web Course in a Box to Lotus Notes Learning Space to her latest use of Blackboard along with Tegrity streaming video," Hassett said. "I would say Dr. Kells is often on what is called the 'bleeding edge' of technology. She has mastered PowerPoint presentations for interactive television, lately adding Tegrity video or audio-over segments. I believe these activities improve learning, especially retention of the content learned."

"I applaud her willingness to dive into cyberspace opportunities," Hassett added. "She has also used web-based threaded discussions and lessons that are creative and well received by students. She consistently provides individualized feedback for distance learners using different technologies such as digitized voice."

Kells joined the FHSU faculty in the fall semester of 1996 after teaching previously at the University of Colorado and Mid America Nazarene College. She holds a diploma from the West Nebraska General Hospital School of Nursing and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Wichita State University. She earned a Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Colorado, Denver.

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