Jul 24, 2014
By Chris Shaw
The National Research Council in Washington, D.C., has named Dr. Mawadda Al-Naeeli with the National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences for 2013-14. The honor follows her participation in the National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate STEM education at West Virginia University.
Al-Naeeli, assistant professor of biological sciences at Ohio University Zanesville, participated in the professional development opportunity with scientists and professors from 15 universities and colleges from across the United States, with the goal of enhancing undergraduate education in biology and the sciences. With an active learning and assessment format, participants collaborated to develop a series of “teachable tidbits,” which are designed to aid in best practices in teaching the sciences.
Through implementation of these units and assessment of the success of the models for undergraduate students, participants not only gain practical experiences to take back to their classrooms, they also contribute to evidence-based pedagogical approaches to teaching with a greater emphasis on interdisciplinary teaching.
Al-Naeeli joins more than 900 program alumni in continuing the process of improvement for undergraduate STEM education. For more information about the National Academies, its vision for science education, and the Summer Institute program, visit nasummerinstitutes.org.