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Sociology professor receives national award for research in teaching, learning

September 16, 2014

KOKOMO, Ind. — An Indiana University Kokomo sociology professor has received national recognition by her peers for her excellent work and contributions to teaching and learning.

Nancy GreenwoodNancy GreenwoodNancy Greenwood was honored with the inaugural Scholarly Contributions to Teaching and Learning award from the American Sociological Association’s section on teaching and learning, for “her path-breaking scholarship on the design and implementation of introductory courses in sociology.”

“What I enjoy most about teaching is watching students grow, watching them progress, and gaining the ability to think critically, and knowing you’ve made a difference in their lives,” she said.

Greenwood appreciates the support she’s had for her research in teaching and learning at IU Kokomo.

“We have many fine, great teachers here,” she said. “The support from my colleagues has allowed me to pursue this kind of research.”

The award is meaningful to her, because it comes from her colleagues in the ASA, a professional organization she has belonged to for more than 25 years.

“It’s tremendously gratifying, because there are the people who do research on teaching and learning,” said Greenwood. “They’re the people who do the same kind of work I do. Scholarship on teaching and learning doesn’t always get the attention that other work in this field receives. I’m grateful to others who share my passion for teaching, and recognize the importance of what we do.”

The award honors Greenwood for her critically acclaimed monograph “First Contact: Teaching and Learning in Introductory Sociology,” which she wrote with Jay R. Howard. Her nomination letter calls it “the first comprehensive consideration of the full range of issues relating to introductory sociology.” It also recognizes her many other articles and presentations at a variety of scholarly venues.

Greenwood discovered her interest for research in teaching and learning while a student of Dean Dorn at Cal State University in Sacramento.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 12/22/2014