Lancaster – Ohio University Lancaster Business Management Professor Brian Hoyt has been selected as one of the Presidential Teacher Award winners for 2013. Hoyt was given the award by Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit when she visited campus on Monday, April 22.
"I know that Brian is a specialist in project-based learning and that he is very well-known in the community for sending students into the community to do some interesting projects," said Benoit. "His students just think incredibly highly of him. I know from talking to the selection committee that they also thought very highly of the work that he is doing in class."
Presidential Teacher Award recipient selection is based on excellence in teaching and meritorious academic pursuits both inside and outside the classroom, as acknowledged by peers and students, including: teaching practices and innovations, influences on curriculum, student mentoring, colleague mentoring, and scholarship with respect to teaching. Each award recipient will hold the title of Presidential Teacher for three years and will receive $1,000 annually ($3,000 total) during that time.
"I'm humbled by what I see and who I work with," said Hoyt. "I may have a niche in some of the things I work hard at and I, maybe, do well, but I work with really wonderful colleagues."
Hoyt was nominated by a student, anonymously, and an Ohio University alumnus. He is the program advisor for the Lancaster Campus Bachelor's of Science in Applied Management Program. Students from the program have worked with several businesses in the Lancaster community to help them address issues and problems within their organizations. Hoyt's leadership on the projects is crucial to their success.
The Presidential Teacher Award Selection Committee submitted these comments with Hoyt's award:
"Dr. Hoyt is recognized on the Lancaster campus by students and his colleagues as a teacher who has a genuine impact on students and their learning.His courses are intelligently and creatively conceived to facilitate intensive interaction and dialogue and to allow students to assume a co-teaching role in presenting material to their peers.He regularly uses a project-based pedagogy through which he connects course content to agencies and organizations in the Lancaster area.Students recognize his commitment to their intellectual development and professional preparation and value his efforts to encourage them to become lifelong learners. His colleagues view him as a caring mentor and campus leader who has enhanced the curriculum while taking on substantive service obligations.The selection committee appreciated the level of energy that he brought to his teaching and his skill in moving between various modes of teaching while keeping students engaged."
A plaque presentation for this year's Presidential Teacher Award winners will be scheduled in the near future with Ohio University President Roderick McDavis and Provost Benoit.
"When called out for good teaching, we look around and say 'Thank You,'" said Hoyt. "But, boy, we really work with some great folks. I learn things from them and borrow things from them when I can."