The College recognizes teaching excellence and commitment to student success
The College is proud to announce the promotion of five professors:
Lila Fleming – Associate Professor, Department of Global and Community Health
Kerri LaCharite – Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies
“The past two years have presented even the most seasoned faculty with new challenges in teaching and supporting students. We are grateful for how our entire faculty has contributed to student success and are extremely proud to announce the 2022 faculty promotions,” said Cathy Tompkins, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Staff.
Fleming, LaCharite, Poms, Rodan and Sutter are recognized for their excellence in teaching and their dedication to students. Our faculty embraces the rich diversity of our student body and seeks to engage students in reaching their full potential. Below, the professors share insight into their teaching philosophies, how they support students, and their commitment to preparing future healthcare personnel.
On supporting all types of learners:
Mason students represent the wonderful diversity of America and the world, including students from a wide range of ages, ethnicities and races, sexual and gender identities, language backgrounds and experiences. of life (such as military service and parenthood), and they bring a fantastically diverse perspective to the classroom. I intend to develop my courses using universal course design practices that support the success of all learners.
Part of accessibility is ensuring that all course content is captioned so that students who are blind or partially sighted have access to descriptions of all images in course materials and students who are deaf or hard of hearing have access to subtitles of all audio and video content. video course components. Accessibility also means making relevant course materials available to students early so they can prepare for in-person class sessions (especially if they are learning English or have learning differences) and can complete online work at their own pace when work and school responsibilities require. it is necessary to complete the quizzes and homework days before the scheduled deadlines.
On the importance of experiential learning:
At Mason, all of my classes involve experiential learning as much as possible. I see the Nutrition Kitchen as a campus farm or garden in terms of experimentation and community experiences. In Fundamentals of Cooking, we cook together. When we’re not cooking together, I try to take an active approach by covering some of the science and culture of cooking. We deal with different types of flour when discussing the bonds formed by gluten to observe the effect of protein levels on dough plasticity and elasticity. We look and taste the differences between conventional and pasture-raised eggs when we cover the difference in omega-3 and omega-6 ratios in each.
I believe experiential learning, both lab-based and project-based, can uniquely engage students in affective and cognitive domains, connect with prior learning, and create student-led learning. And, to be honest, it’s so much more enjoyable for me and for the students. It feels good when students smile in class because they are having fun. We often achieve greater learning gains in areas and topics that are interesting, engaging, or important to us.
On his teaching philosophy:
My overall teaching philosophy is that the learning does not stop at the end of the course. I encourage my students to apply what we talk about in class to their daily lives. I often ask directly, “Why should you care?” Why is this important? Sometimes it takes students a while to make these connections, but when they “get it” there is nothing more rewarding. It is in this less tangible way that I believe my teaching has a significant impact on my students.
As I have learned through years of practice and research in pedagogy, there is no right answer, there are a range of options for teaching and learning. A good teacher knows when to use what. And if something isn’t working, a great teacher isn’t afraid to change.
On teaching students:
My career goal has been to develop nursing expertise, research and education within the broader context of society, communities and the policies and institutions – private and governmental – in which nurses practice and interact. I have implemented this by combining nursing and public health research with teaching and community service, addressing the essential role of nursing in a changing society and healthcare delivery structures. fast. COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of nurses, but has also accelerated an already rapidly changing dynamic of evidence-based practice and data interpretation, distance learning and clinical practice , amid social tensions related to health policies, inequalities and funding. These factors will increasingly affect nurses and the nursing profession.
My teaching philosophy is to find the right level of instruction that gives each student their best chance of success. My teaching objective is and will be to equip nurses to progress in this changing socio-economic and technological world, while remaining faithful to our profession which consists in taking care of people’s health. The ultimate goal is to use inquiry-based teaching strategies to promote curiosity, imagination, independent thinking, learning, and inquiry.
On her goals for the future for herself and the healthcare workforce:
My first 10 years at Mason were marked by growth, innovation and hard work. The hard work has paid off as I observe students at all levels and students from different professions see health care differently, especially health care for vulnerable populations. They will go beyond what they learned here at Mason and change outcomes at individual, community and national levels. My greatest goal continues to be to influence our future workforce and empower them to be the agents of change we need in our healthcare system. I firmly believe that if we want to see change, it starts with how we are educated. I will continue to bridge the gap between practice, teaching and research while serving the community and preparing innovative solutions to healthcare challenges.
Promotions are effective at various times throughout the summer of 2022. Tenure promotions will be announced in late May 2022.
Congratulations to all!