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Sociology faculty member receives national award

January 20, 2012

KOKOMO, Ind. – Nancy Greenwood’s goal is to be both a teacher and a scholar. At Indiana University Kokomo, she found a place she can excel in both.

20110902-Nancy_Greenwood-IMG_0592_webGreenwood recently was recognized nationally for her achievements with the 2011 Hans O. Mauksch Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology.

Chairwoman of the Department of Sociology, History, & Political Science, Greenwood said the IU Kokomo campus provides the atmosphere for her to develop her skills as a teacher and scholar.

Her ultimate goal is to provide students with a better, more meaningful learning experience.

“Whoever you are, you can be a better teacher than you are today. I think great teachers are made, not born,” Greenwood said. “The bottom line is, we want to produce learners.

“I have taught classes of 500 students at a larger university. But by coming to IU Kokomo, I have been able to fulfill my career goals as a teacher and scholar,” she said. “This campus is a place that recognizes the importance of the scholarship of teaching and learning.”

A teacher/scholar is someone who not only has a specialty in an academic field, but also researches best practices in teaching and conducts research.

Susan Sciame-Giesecke, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, said the award is well deserved.

“Nancy, in her career, has become an expert on teaching sociology. For her to be recognized for this award was not a surprise. I was proud and delighted to see this happen,” Sciame-Giesecke said. “We’re fortunate to have someone who cares so much about teaching, and who exemplifies the importance this campus places on academic excellence and student success.”

Jay Howard, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University, nominated Greenwood for the award. Howard and Greenwood are co-authors of “First Contact: Teaching and Learning in Introductory Sociology,” published in 2011.

He said Greenwood develops innovative ways of teaching sociology.

“It is evident to me that Nancy has a record of outstanding teaching in the challenging context of courses which include mostly non-majors. Without a doubt, she has been a tireless advocate for teaching and learning on her campus,” Howard said.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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