Meredith Heller has received the NAU Award for Liberal Studies Excellence. Heller is an instructor in the Women’s and Gender Studies department where nearly 80 percent of her courses fulfill students’ Liberal Studies requirements. She designs her courses to make the invisible parts of culture visible to students, give them opportunities to explore many social and political contexts, and empower them to use discipline-specific methods to investigate the world. She has an outstanding record of developing well-written syllabi that critically address the mission of liberal studies.
Matt Anderson, an instructor in the Psychological Sciences department received the NAU Award for Excellence in Curricular Innovation. Anderson has implemented significant curriculum innovations in the redesign of the Introduction to Statistics in Psychology course through persistent adjustment of approaches to curriculum design to achieve meaningful student learning outcomes. His work resulted in a course that includes a range of online engagement opportunities and the laboratory manual. Faculty and student conversations were a large part of the process as he persisted until the successful changes in student learning occurred. The innovative curriculum changes in Introduction to Statistics in Psychology will have broad applicability to other courses at NAU and nationally.