Assistant Professor Lindsey Anderson has received a 2016 Elevate Faculty Fellowship from the University of Maryland's Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC). Elevate Fellows participate in a yearlong program to redesign one of their undergraduate courses to include innovative and research-based teaching and learning strategies. Through course redesign, Elevate Fellows improve student learning and success. Fellows are funded by the University System of Maryland and a small matching fund from their department.
Working with a group of graduate students and Professional Track Faculty (Elizabeth Gardner, Rebecca Alt, Thomas McCloskey, and Devin Scott), Anderson will use the $22,000 fellowship to support the redesign of COMM 200--Critical Thinking and Speaking. The redesign team will attend redesign meetings facilitated by the TLTC, develop a plan of action for the course redesign (e.g., set learning outcomes, create an assessment map) and participate in faculty learning communities during the 2016 spring and fall semesters. Once the new version of COMM 200 is launched, they will engage in assessment efforts that will further inform the redesign efforts.
Associate Professor Linda Aldoory is the recipient of the Herschel S. Horowitz Health Literacy Seed Grant Award for $20,000. Her project is entitled, "Empowering a multilingual safety net to improve health literacy through plain language patient documents," and she is partnering with the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County (http://www.primarycarecoalition.org/) and CommunicateHealth (http://communicatehealth.com/) to train a safety net clinic on how to provide clearer health communication via patient documents. The clinic is the Muslim Community Center Medical Clinic (http://www.mccclinic.org/).
Assistant Professor Michelle Murray Yang and Associate Professor Xiaoli Nan are the recipients of 2016 Research and Scholarship Awards (RASA) for the Summer of 2016. The awards, given by the UM Graduate School, will support the full-time research efforts of Drs. Yang and Nan.