Dr. Brittany Peterson

Dr. Brittany Peterson

Photo courtesy of: Ohio University School of Communication

Jodie Foster

Dr. Jodie Foster

Photographer: Michael Tedesco

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Presidential Teacher, Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching winners announced


Ohio University has announced the winners of a pair of prestigious faculty awards, the Presidential Teacher Award and the Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2017-20.

Dr. Brittany Peterson (Communications Studies) was chosen as the winner of the Presidential Teacher Award.

Peterson is an associate professor in the School of Communication Studies and the coordinator of e-learning for the Scripps College of Communication. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes on organizational communication, socialization, membership, and interpretive research methods.

The other finalists for the award were Joann Beningo (Communication Sciences and Disorders), Barbara Mahaffey (Human Services Technology-Chillicothe), and Dusan Sormaz (Industrial and Systems Engineering.

The Presidential Teacher Award is presented to a Group I faculty member, a full-time, tenured faculty member from one of OHIO’s campuses. It was first presented in 2001.

Dr. Jodie Foster (Biological Sciences) was named the winner of the Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Foster is a lecturer in Biological Sciences. She teaches courses on human anatomy and physiology and topics in biological science for non-majors.

The other finalists for the award were Rebecca Code (Biomedical Sciences), Pamela Kaylor (Communications-Lancaster), and Lea Sheridan (Biomedical Sciences).

The Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented to a full-time Group II faculty member from one of OHIO’s campuses. The award was first presented in 2016.

Both award winners will hold the titles for three years, and receive $1,000 each year. The selection committees for both awards reviewed portfolios, visited classrooms, and conducted interviews of the finalists and their department chairs or school directors. The criteria include excellence in teaching and meritorious academic pursuits, both inside and outside the classroom.

Each winner and finalist will receive recognition and an award plaque during the fall semester.