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Three COE associate professors receive Transformation Through Teaching recognition

December 2, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

Three faculty members in the FSU College of Education have been selected among 11 at FSU for the 2015 Transformation Through Teaching recognition: Drs. Vanessa Dennen, Kathy Guthrie, and Debra Osborn.

The Transformation Through Teaching program was established by the Spiritual Life Project, which encourages professors to not only develop the students intellectually, but also help them find their purpose in life and encourage their dreams outside the classroom. The following associate professors were nominated by a student for their transformational role in that student’s academic life.

Transformation Through Teaching dinner.

Dr. Vanessa Dennen & Fabrizio Fornara

Dr. Vanessa Dennen is an associate professor in the Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies program within the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems. She was nominated by both Ron Nakamato and Fabrizio Fornara for teaching passion to her students.

“I can say that in all the years that I spent in academia, Dr. Dennen has been the most influent faculty member for me. She instilled in me a passion for research and helped me broaden my interest in the ID&T field. Thanks to her, I am now a more curious learner and an active and interdisciplinary scholar.” — Fabrizio Fornara

“Dr. Dennen went beyond what I have experienced in the distance learning experience and truly made us feel like we were a part of the college and course. Her level of interaction and organization was well beyond the norm that I have experienced and really made learning great.” — Ron Nakamoto

Transformation Through Teaching dinner.

Dr. Kathy Guthrie & Estee Hernandez

Dr. Kathy Guthrie is an associate professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She has taught courses in higher education including Introduction to Student Services, Leading Change in Higher Education, Practicum in Student Services, and Capstone in Higher Education. She engaged in intellectual conversation with Estee Hernandez even outside the classroom.

“The ways in which she challenges and affirms us as learners are approaches that I have implemented in my own classroom, too. I am thankful for Dr. Guthrie’s modeling of an educational pedagogy that interrupts conventional teaching practice.” — Estee Hernandez

Transformation Through Teaching dinner.

Dr. Debra Osborn & Jacqueline Belle

Dr. Debra Osborn is an associate professor in Psychological and Counseling Services within the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems. In addition to coordinating the MS/EdS program in Career Counseling, she teaches courses such as Career Development, Consultation, Computer Applications in Counseling Psychology & Other Human Systems, and the Career Counseling Internship. She encouraged Jacqueline Belle through her doctoral program.

“Dr. Osborn provides a safe place to self-disclose, engendering a non-judgmental environment where I feel comfortable being vulnerable, a process necessary for reflection and growth. In comparison to previous interactions with other faculty, I knew that my feelings and overall health were genuinely respected and considered to be the most important factors in supporting my decision to switch programs.” — Jacqueline Belle

*Quotes by Mackenzie Raetz, University Communications
**Photos by Bill Lax, University Communications

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