Five Reich College of Education faculty members have been honored with Outstanding Faculty Awards:
- Eric Groce: Outstanding Teaching Award
- David Koppenhaver: Outstanding Mentoring Award
- Lisa Poling: Outstanding Service Award
- Brandy Bryson: Outstanding Scholarship/Creative Achievement Award
- Brooke Hardin: Outstanding Adjunct or Instructor/Clinical Faculty Award
Pictured from top left, clockwise: Eric Groce, David Koppenhaver, Lisa Poling, Brooke Hardin, Brandy Bryson
College faculty, staff and students were invited to nominate faculty in the above categories. Nominated faculty were then asked to provide supporting portfolios.
Committee chair, Dr. Kim Becnel, Associate Professor of Library Science, expressed her thanks to all who nominated a colleague or submitted a portfolio and said of this year's submissions, "The submissions were amazing, as usual, and we always find ourselves truly inspired by the creativity and dedication of the RCOE faculty. We're honored to be part of this process, which is—at its heart—an effort to foster a supportive community in which we find joy in celebrating each other's success."
2017 Outstanding Mentoring Award
Dr. David Koppenhaver is a professor in the Department of Reading Education and Special Education. He was hired by the Reich College of Education in 2004.
His research focuses on literacy in children with significant disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, complex communication needs, and multiple disabilities. In 1990, he co-founded the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at UNC and in 2002 was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Queensland in Australia.
"Winning this award means that I've had some really talented students with whom to collaborate," said Koppenhaver. "They have asked great questions, identified creative solutions to complex problems, put in long hours honing both their teaching and scholarship, and kept me more organized than I can keep myself. Their intellect, energy, commitment, and ambition push me daily to seek out worthwhile projects and new professional opportunities to continue to broaden and deepen their already impressive skillsets."
2017 Outstanding Adjunct or Instructor/Clinical Faculty Award
Brooke Hardin is an instructor in the Departments of Reading Education and Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction as well as a current doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program. She was hired by the Reich College of Education in 2014. She received her M.A. in Reading Education from Appalachian State University, and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Hardin's research interests include writing development and instruction for intermediate and middle grades students, teaching and learning through technology and new literacies, literacy professional development and teacher education, and interdisciplinary approaches to reading, writing, and the utilization of Children's Literature.
Hardin said, "I am truly honored to be selected by my colleagues and students for a teaching award and to be in the same company with those that have won the award prior to me. Teacher education is my passion and I am inspired to give my best by my excellent students and other talented faculty."