Innovation in Education Awards Funded Projects

2020 Innovation in Education Awards

  • Julie Beaulieu, Robin Kear and David Grinnell, Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies and Library, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences & University Library System, for “The Pitt LGBTQ Archival Education Project”
  • Neil Brown, Geology and Environmental Science, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, for "A pilot study to assess the role of First-person essays and podcasting in the development of scientific identities and student engagement within the environmental sciences"
  • Susan Graff, Physician Assistant Studies, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, for “Point of Care Ultrasonography: A Novel Curriculum for Physician Assistant Students”
  • Ryan Kerrigan, Energy and Earth Resources, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, for “Crossing Terrains, Interdisciplinary Teaching and Contextual Learning Approaches in General Education Curriculum: A Collaboration between Geology and Literature Faculty”
  • Peng Liu, Chemistry, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, for “OrgoVR: Teaching Organic Chemistry with Virtual Reality”
  • Marcelle Pierson, Music, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, for “Keyboard Skills for the 21st Century”
  • Joanne Prasad, Oral Biology, School of Dental Medicine, for “Improving Dental Student Communication Skills Using Self-Assessment of Recorded Simulated Encounters”
  • Zuzana Swigonova, Biological Sciences, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, for "Development and application of 3D-printed models to enhance teaching of molecular structure and function"

2019 Innovation in Education Awards

  • Dmitriy Babichenko, Informatics and Networked Systems, School of Computing and Information, for "An Augmented Reality Platform for Clinical Procedure Training"
  • Lucas Berenbrok and Elaine Mormer, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, School of Pharmacy and Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, for "Championing Hearing Using Accessible Medication Experts at the Community Pharmacy: An Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Certificate Program for Student Pharmacists"
  • Dawna Duff, Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, for "Instructional Design for Teaching Clinical Skills in a Flipped Classroom"
  • Nicholas Farnan and William Garrison, Computer Science, School of Computing and Information, for "A Flexible and Scalable Approach to Multidisciplinary Introductory Computer Science"
  • Jessica Ghilani, Humanities, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, for "#FakeNews: Understanding Journalism, Mass Communication Technologies, and the Rise of Clickbait"
  • Robert Kerestes, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, for "Integration of Computer-Aided Design into Electrical Engineering Curriculum using COMSOL Multiphysics"

2018 Innovation in Education Awards

  • Renee Clark and Samuel Dickerson, Industrial Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, for " Propagation of Active Learning within the Swanson School of Engineering."
  • Annmarie Duggan and Gianni Downs, Theatre Arts, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, for "Design Simulation Lab."
  • Elizabeth Felter and Sara Baumann, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, for "Teaching Video for Health Promotion."
  • Leah Jacobs and Helen Petracchi, School of Social Work, for "Building a Classroom without walls: Teaching Neighborhood Assessment with Google Earth."
  • Ashley Firm and Emily Murphy, Rehabilitation Science and Technology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, for "The Merged Pharmacology Classroom: A Formative and Interdisciplinary Approach to Physician Assistant Education."
  • Sarah Ruffell and Tommy Mayberry, Biological and Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, for "The Science Library Project."
  • Zuzana Swigonova, Biological Sciences, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, for "Enhancing the Introductory Biology Curriculum: Learning in the Context of Current Research Practices and Building STEM Communities Through a Flipped Classroom."
  • Patty Wharton-Michael, Paul Lucas, and Diane Nicodemus, Humanities, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, for "Designing a Personalized Learning Space with the Push of One Button."

2017 Innovation in Education Awards

  • Sheila Conway and Michelle Sobolak, instruction and learning, School of Education, for “Implementing a Video Coaching Platform to Provide E-Mentoring during Teacher Education Clinical Experiences.”
  • Dawn Drahnak, Laura Fennimore, and Lucille Sowko, acute/tertiary care, School of Nursing and nursing and health sciences, University of Pittsburg at Johnstown, for “TWICE – Teaching Workplace Interprofessional Communication Effectively – Innovative Strategies to Improve Professional Communication in the Workplace.”
  • Jacob Durrant, biological sciences, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, for “ProteinVR: Micro and Structural Biology in a Virtual World.”
  • Leanne Gilbertson, civil and environmental engineering, School of Engineering, for “Teaching Sustainable Engineering Through Design Thinking.”
  • Suzanna Gribble, biological sciences, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, for “A pre-assessment tool for new and critical insights to guide Foundations of Biology I, BIOSC 0150.”
  • Christina Mair, behavioral and community health sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, for “Teaching Multilevel Statistical Modeling with Innovative Educational Technologies.”
  • Marie Norman, medicine, School of Medicine, for “Personalized Learning in a Flipped Biostatics Course.”

2016 Innovation in Education Awards

  • David Nero, physics and astronomy, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, for “Jump Starting Conceptual Understanding in Physics with Interactive Simulations.”
  • Kristin Kanthak, political science, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, for “Intergroup Dialogue in American Politics.”
  • Samuel Dickerson, electrical and computer engineering, School of Engineering, for “Teaching Students to Innovate with the Internet-Of-Things.”
  • Joanne Prasad and Dennis Schebetta, oral biology, School of Dental Medicine and theatre arts, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, for “Theatre Techniques to Enhance Interpersonal Communication Skills and Cultural Competence in Dentistry.”
  • Kristin Asinger, Sheilendra Gajanan, Tony Gaskew, and Nancy McCabe, humanities, University of Pittsburg at Bradford, for “Campus and Community Read: Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy.”
  • Neal Benedict, Lawrence Kobulinsky, and Susan Meyer, pharmacy and therapeutics, School of Pharmacy, for “Readiness Assessment: an authentic assessment of practice “readiness” through blended simulation progress testing.”
  • Peter Brusilovsky and Pratibha Menon, School of Information Sciences, for “Enhancing Learning in a Large Enrollment, Introductory Course by Using Visual and Social Strategies.”
  • Marissa Brainard, Jennifer Manges, and Kimberly Ziance, natural science, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, for “Mini Thermal Cyclers + Mobile Technology = Maximum Student Engagement.”

2015 Innovation in Education Awards

  • David Beck, rehabilitation science and technology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, for “The Virtual Patient Game: Transformative Learning in Physician Assistant Education.”
  • Gianni Downs and Annmarie Duggan, theatre arts, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, for “Introduction to Media Design for Performance.”
  • Kay Brummond and Geoffrey Hutchison, chemistry, Dietrich school, for “Teaching Quantum Chemistry Through Collaborative Simulations.”
  • Cory Holding and Hannah Johnson, English, Dietrich school, for “Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at Pitt.”
  • Mary Margaret Kerr, administrative and policy studies, School of Education, for “Developing a ‘Best Practices’ App for Research for Pitt Undergrads.”
  • Serdar Tumkor, engineering technology, Pitt-Johnstown, for “Augmented Reality Supported Learning: Visualizing the Geometry in Engineering Drawing Problems.”

2014 Innovation in Education Awards

2013 Innovation in Education Awards

2012 Innovation in Education Awards

2011 Innovation in Education Awards

2010 Innovation in Education Awards

2009 Innovation in Education Awards

  • Kevin Ashley, Law: Giving Feedback to the Peer Reviewer
  • Kevin Conley and Amy E. Aggelou, Sports Medicine and Nutrition: Treating Virtual Athletes for Injuries
  • Hollis Day, Susan Meyer and Helen Burns, Pharmacy, Medicine, and Nursing: Improving Interprofessional Communication with Standardized Colleagues
  • Joshua L. Dunklebarger and Berrylin Ferguson, Otolaryngology: Learning with Nasal Anatomy Simulation
  • Jean Ferguson Car and Frayda Cohen, English and Women's Studies Program: Theory and Practice: An Interactive Web Site
  • Margo Holm, Occupational Therapy: Online Assessment of Self-Care Skills
  • Amy Landis, Piervincenzo Rizzo, and Melissa Bilec, Environmental Engineering: Enhancing Crosscutting Sustainability Education in Civil Engineering
  • Karen Lee, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown: Developing Multidisciplinary Learning at UPJ
  • G. Elisabeta Marai, Computer Science: Rethinking Computer Science Education
  • Marlin Mickle and Peter Hawrylak, Electrical and Computer Engineering: Conducting Remote Lab Experiments
  • Sarah E. Scott and Linda Kucan, Instruction and Learning: Using Video Technology to Prepare Literacy Teachers