It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, Show Some Love
If you haven’t thanked a teacher lately, now’s your chance. It’s Teacher Appreciation Week.
I’ve had the privilege to know and work with hundreds of hard-working, talented teachers over the years; many who’ve joined our Flat World family as authors. We appreciate them all.
But Talya Bauer, professor of management at Portland State University, must be feeling especially appreciated lately. She just received the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Contributions Award by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Congrats Talya!
Talya was one of the first authors to join us. Before we had funding. Before we had much proof that high quality, openly-licensed content would be understood by most and accepted by many. She epitomizes what is unique and sustaining about Flat World Knowledge – great content, and a commitment to making knowledge affordable and accessible. Thanks for your belief in us, Talya.
The SIOP folks had more good things to say about her at their annual conference in San Diego, where the winners were announced:
“Dr. Bauer is recognized for the value she provides as an educator, innovator, and mentor. She is a popular teacher as shown by the consistently high ratings she receives. Her innovative work also includes coauthoring online textbooks and a graphic novel, which is the first of its kind to encompass key concepts and theories from research using an ongoing storyline. These textbooks have been widely acclaimed for the effective way they promote student learning. Dr. Bauer was among the first at Portland State to recognize how service-learning initiatives could be used as effective learning tools by creating student-community partnerships to develop meaningful experiences. She is generous with her time and has co-authored with students on nearly half of her 46 journal articles.”
You might say she’s on a roll. Last year, her first Flat World book, Organizational Behavior, was recognized by her fellow authors with a prestigious Texty award of excellence from the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA). It was the first openly-licensed textbook to win a Texty. She shared the honor with her Portland State co-author Berrin Erdogan. Talya’s also co-authored Principles of Management and Atlas Black: The Complete Adventure.
I also want to give a personal shout-out to my two favorite teachers in Minnesota:
- Mrs. Sutherland – third grade, Jefferson School. Great, great lady.
- Mr. Gray – my math teacher at Red Wing High School. I’m convinced they don’t make them like Mr. Gray anymore.
Now’s your turn. Take a minute to thank a teacher who made a difference in your life – past or present. What qualities do you think make a good teacher?
- Teacher Appreciation Week Video. Love this One. (flatworldknowledge.com)