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2016 Innovations in Teaching & Learning Awards

For Immediate Release: June 10, 2016

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

On Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10, Franklin University and the International Institute for Innovation Instruction hosted the Innovations in Teaching and Learning conference. The conference offered educators and education-minded innovators from universities and organizations around the world two days of presentations and conversations geared around thinking big, thinking smart, and thinking new.

The conference was organized into four tracks that encompassed the innovative and globally minded thinking the conference fostered: Challenging the Status Quo: Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Through Innovative Education; Emerging Technologies in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment; Assessment in Higher Education: What’s Working, What’s Not, and Why; and International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning.

As part of the conference, the International Institute of Innovative Instruction at Franklin University offered two sets of awards. Innovation Awards recognize individuals who demonstrate high quality, innovative performance in the classroom and beyond and are open to the higher education community across the nation and throughout the world. Franklin University Teaching Excellence Awards recognize outstanding teaching in Franklin University courses.

Dr. Christopher Washington, Provost & Senior V.P. of Academic Affairs provided the awards reception welcome while Dr. Fawn Winterwood, Director of Teaching Excellence provided the award introductions.

Teaching Excellence Award Recipients:

Peter Conis                       Terry Porter                
Elisha Teague                    Jeffrey Racz                
Roger Engle                      Michael Powers
Roger Kisiel                      Sherry Weisgarber     
Darrell Dantzler                 Deborah Cummings      
Dana Talbert                     Tonda Lazofson
Wadzanai Hoert                Brad Bradford           
Constance Wanstreet        Wendy Adelmann        
Douglas Ruml                    Joseph Gawronski
Dennis Trzeciak                 John Nadalin            

Innovation in Teaching Recipient: Denielle Vazquez

Innovation in Design Recipient: Matt Barclay

Innovation in Research Recipient: Natalya Koehler

Dr. Jennifer Clinton, President of Global Ties U.S. provided the keynote presentation on Friday morning, highlighting the impact that conversations like those had at the conference have far reaching impact on educational access across the globe.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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