Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Language and Literature lecturer Betti Tanner earns first 2005-2006 Center for Teaching Effectiveness teaching award

KINGSVILLE - September 15, 2006

Contact: Jason Marton
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Betti Tanner, lecturer in language and literature, was chosen to be the first recipient of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness (CTE) Award for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

This award is designed to recognize the contributions of outstanding lecturers and other non-tenure track classroom teachers at the university.

Tanner is founder and director of College for a Day, which brings area high school students to the A&M-Kingsville campus to better prepare them for a new academic environment, and to take away some of the mystery and anxiety they may have surrounding college. She was recipient of the Presidential Excellence Award for Service in 2004, and nominated for both the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Javelina Non-tenure Track Teaching Award in 2002 and 2003. She is also a Faculty Fellow for the GEARUP program, the former UIL Regional Academic Director and chair of her department’s annual scholarship committee awards banquet.

In relation to her teaching, Tanner received specific commendation from Dr. Duane Gardiner, director of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which seeks to improve student success through civic, professional or research engagement at the course level. Gardiner commented on the collective attitude of Tanner’s English 1302 students , who volunteered over 750 hours to their community in a broad range of community engagement activities. “Seldom does one see such camaraderie among students, or between students and a teacher.”  He further noted that Tanner’s QEP class   “. . . was a wonderful example of how a gifted, caring and enthusiastic instructor can improve both the lives and the learning outcomes of our students.”

Prior to joining the faculty at A&M-Kingsville, Tanner was a business owner and interior designer showcasing state of the art homes by award winning architects and builders.

The CTE was established by the Faculty Senate in 2001 to be a resource for classroom teachers through workshops, brown-bag seminars, and discussion. The Center provides orientation and follow-up support to new faculty and graduate teaching assistants. In addition, those who wish to enhance the quality of their teaching may consult with the director individually.

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