Two UGA College of Education faculty members have received the 2018 First-Year Odyssey Teaching Award in recognition of their success as innovative teachers in the First-Year Odyssey Seminar (FYOS) program.
Administered by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction, the FYO Teaching Award recognizes outstanding instructors who have demonstrated creativity or innovation in instruction, connection of seminar content to the instructor's research and incorporation of FYOS program goals into the seminar.
This year, UGA honored two College of Education faculty members:
"The best part of the First-Year Odyssey program lies in reconnecting with the early undergraduate experience in the ways in which the students bring their intense curiosity, thoughtfulness and generosity of spirit to the situation of the classroom," said Burke. "I can't help but learn how to be a better teacher and researcher in the midst of their thinking through issues related to gender, sexuality and education."
UGA seminars help introduce students to the academic culture at the University through participation in a variety of lectures, campus performances and success workshops. FYO Teaching Award recipients fully engage with their students, provide them with a strong connection to the university through their research and tie their curriculum directly to FYOS program goals.
"Through my own scholarship and FYO instruction, I emphasize the importance of learning and academics that cross borders between disciplines on campus; between campus and community; between mind and body; between first and second languages; and between science and art," said Cahnmann-Taylor. "I introduce students to a changing academic culture, one that encourages hybridity, interdisciplinarity, global citizenship and service learning."
Burke and Cahnmann-Taylor will be honored on April 12 at the fifth annual First-Year Odyssey Seminar reception thanking all FYOS faculty.