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Bruning Teaching Academy

The Bruning Teaching Academy (BTA) provides a developmental, peer-to-peer approach for continuous improvement and implementation of evidence-based best practices. The program matches untenured professors with tenured professors known for their excellence in teaching, with the goal of stimulating inspired teaching dedicated to students’ academic success. Participants come together throughout the academic year to discuss instructional strategies, provide constructive feedback, and work toward one common goal—improving teaching.

BTA participants set goals they hope to accomplish each semester, following a backward design model for instruction that emphasizes the importance of planning the desired outcomes before deciding the teaching and assessment methods to use. Current goals are as follows:

  1. Write clear learning goals that are student-centered, use active verbs, and are measurable.
  2. Align learning activities with the learning goals.
  3. Create assessment tools that are aligned with the learning activities and accurately assess achievement of the learning goal.
  4. Employ techniques that encourage student participation in the learning activities and engagement with the learning goals.
  5. Share ideas and garner feedback related to teaching and learning with a network of colleagues across campus.
  6. Observe a colleague teach, review his/her materials, and provide feedback that would help improve his/her teaching.

Current Leaders

Please note: Facilitators for the BTA change each semester.

Dr Raymond Frost

Raymond Frost

Raymond Frost is a professor of management information systems in the College of Business, and he is director of studies for College of Business students in the Honors Tutorial College. Frost has received several teaching honors from Ohio University, including the Presidential Teaching Award, University Professor Teaching Award, Honors Tutorial College Distinguished Mentor Award, Senior Class Teaching Award, and the College of Business Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award.

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Lynn Harter

Lynn Harter is a professor of health communication in the School of Communication Studies and co-director of the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact in the Scripps College of Communication. Harter has received numerous teaching awards at Ohio University, including the University Professor Award, Honors Tutorial College Distinguished Mentor Award, and the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teacher in the School of Communication Studies.

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Linda Rice

Linda J. Rice is the James S. Reid/Standard Products Company professor of humanities and professor and chair of English in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is also the Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities. Rice has received many teaching awards from Ohio University, including the Outstanding Faculty Leadership and Service Award, Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award, University Professor Teaching Award, and the Excellence in Higher Education Award from Ohio Magazine.

Additional Leaders

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William Condee

William Condee is the J. Richard Hamilton/Baker & Hostetler Professor of Humanities, and a theater professor in the College of Fine Arts. He is also the Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities. Condee has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards from Ohio University, including the Presidential Teacher Award, Class of 1950 Faculty Excellence Award, College of Fine Arts Outstanding Senior Teacher Award, Honors Tutorial College Outstanding Tutor Award, and the Excellence in Education Award from Ohio Magazine.

2019–2020 Participants

Tenured Fellows

  • Sinan Gokkaya (Finance)
  • Zaki Kuruppalil (Engineering Technology and Management)
  • Brittany Peterson (Communication Studies)
  • Cynthia Anderson (Sociology and Anthropology)
  • Jaclyn Maxwell (History)
  • Joann Benigno (Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences)

Pre-Tenure Fellows

  • Ryan Shepherd (English)
  • Min Lun (Alan) Wu (Educational Studies)
  • Mark Rowe (Analytics and Information Systems)
  • Kristin Schuller (Health Services Administration)
  • Glenn Dutcher (Economics)
  • Ian Klein (Biological Sciences)

Alumni of the Bruning Teaching Academy

  • Emilia Alonso-Sameno
  • Stan Alost
  • Mick Andzulis
  • Roger Braun
  • Jenny Chabot
  • Brian Collins
  • Tawna Cooksey-James
  • Matthew Cornish
  • Cory Cronin
  • Tom Dancer
  • Geoff Dabelko
  • Craig Davis
  • Alexei Davydov
  • Shelly Delaney
  • Haley Duschinski
  • Ryan Fogt
  • Jessica Ford
  • Alexa Fox
  • Theda Gibbs
  • Sam Girton
  • Daniel Harper
  • Lisa Harrison
  • Lynn Harter
  • Jennifer Hines
  • Angela Hosek
  • Deanna House
  • Jana Houser
  • Akil Houston
  • Jennifer Howell
  • Mary Kate Hurley
  • Bayyinah Jeffries
  • Joan Jurich
  • Yeong-Hyum Kim
  • Youngsun Kim
  • Michael Kopish
  • Greg Kremer
  • Chao-Yang Lee
  • Amy Lynch
  • Lori Marchese
  • Vic Matta
  • Lauren McMills
  • Hans Meyer
  • Deborah Murray
  • Charlie Morgan
  • Julia Paxton
  • Tom Padron
  • Harold Perkins
  • James Petrik
  • Michael Pfahl
  • Talinn Phillips
  • Herta Rodina
  • Jeff Russell
  • Nukhet Sandal
  • Tom Smucker
  • Benjamin Sperry
  • Jennifer Shadik
  • Michelle Surerus
  • Barry Tadlock
  • Soichi Tanda
  • Elizabeth Thompson
  • Deborah Thorne
  • Stephanie Tikkanen
  • Art Trese
  • Thomas Vander Ven
  • Edna Wangui
  • Julie White
  • Aaron Wilson
  • Brian Wymbs