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Innovative teaching earns Reinhart college award

Rachel Vannatta Reinhart
Rachel Vannatta Reinhart

Dr. Rachel Vannatta Reinhart, educational foundations and inquiry, works to integrate technology into her teaching of statistics and research methods to provide students with meaningful instruction, hands-on activities and relevant problems. 

Her dedication to making the topic easier to understand was one of the factors that earned her the College of Education and Human Development’s Excellence in Teaching Award. The award, given every three years, recognizes a college faculty member who excels in the classroom and working with students.

According to the nomination, Reinhart is known for making “intimidating material understandable, manageable and even enjoyable to students semester after semester, year after year.“

As part of the process to make statistics more easily understandable to the number of master’s students who must take it, she developed a groundbreaking, online statistics course. She created 12 one-hour digital videos that correspond with a workbook especially designed for the online master’s course.

Based on student success and commentary, the course was very successful and earned her a 2010 Faculty Innovator Award. The Ohio Board of Regents established the award to recognize accomplishments in introduction of digital course materials in the classroom that enrich learning.

“Her passion, compassion, understanding and ability to clearly disseminate information make her one of the best instructors I have encountered in my academic career. Many instructors say that they support and care about student success, but Dr. Reinhart embodies it,” one of her doctoral students wrote.

In addition to her teaching excellence, Reinhart spends a lot of time facilitating student research through thesis and doctoral committee work. As a member of the leadership studies doctoral program, she has chaired more than 13 dissertation committees and served on numerous others. She has used her expertise to research and publish on her instructional experiences, which have resulted in a textbook, a refereed publication and four refereed conference papers.

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Second business dean candidate to visit today

Deborah Spake, associate dean of the Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama, a candidate for dean of the College of Business Administration, will present an open forum at 3 p.m. this afternoon in 114 Business Administration Building. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the second floor lounge.

The community is invited to attend both events. Read her curriculum vitae and cover letter and download an evaluation form. The presentation will also be available for viewing in about 24 hours.

Environmental impact on national security topic of Peace Lecture

David Orr
David Orr

The link between environmental sustainability and national security will be explored in this year’s Edward Lamb Peace Lecture. Dr. David Orr of Oberlin College will present “Peace, Security and Resilience in a Black Swan Future” at 7 p.m. April 17 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater.

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April 12, 2012