Dr. Susan Ashford, an assistant professor of nursing at UWG, has been selected to participate in the Governor's Teaching Fellows 2011-2012 Academic Year Symposium Program. Ashford's award speaks to her commitment to teaching excellence and desire to continuously improve her instructional capabilities, said Dr. Myrna Gantner, associate vice president for academic affairs, in a message to faculty announcing the honor.
The GTF program, jointly sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia, was established in 1995 by then-Georgia Gov. Zell Miller to provide Georgia's higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills.
Ashford's selection comes as UWG has recently built two Problem-Based Learning classrooms to encourage faculty to explore teaching strategies that align well with a PBL instructional approach. This fall, the School of Nursing will implement its new PBL curriculum which requires students to engage heavily in critical thinking and problem solving. As part of her GTF experience, Ashford plans to study the effects on student learning as she integrates PBL instructional strategies with the technologies now available in the PBL classroom.
UWG faculty who have an interest in PBL instruction can network with Ashford throughout the year as she learns from this highly engaging professional development opportunity.