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2017 Innovations in Teaching & Learning Awards

For Immediate Release: June 5, 2017

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

On Friday, June 2, Franklin University and the International Institute for Innovation Instruction hosted the Innovations in Teaching and Learning conference geared toward encouraging innovative thinking and collaboration in the contemporary landscape of teaching and learning.

This year’s conference, Innovations in Teaching & Learning Symposium: A Day of Discovery 2017, provided educators and education-minded innovators from universities and organizations around the world with a day of presentations and conversations geared around thinking big, thinking smart, and thinking new.

As part of the conference, the International Institute of Innovative Instruction at Franklin University presented the Nationwide Excellence in Teaching and Learning 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.

Franklin University’s Teaching Excellence Award Recipients:
Aaron Seddon                              Andre Eline                 Brad Bradford
Constance Wanstreet                   David Kerr                  Elisha Teague
Glenn Beebe                                Jeffrey Racz                 Marian Jones
Mindy Johnson                            Richard Jones               Robert (Ross) Morgan
Roger Engle                                 Ron Hartung                 Nimet Alpay
Tim Reymann

Christopher Washington Lifetime Achievement Award for Educational Excellence Awarded to Dr. Leslie Mathew
Innovation in Teaching Awarded to Dr. Leslie King
Innovation in Design and Development Awarded to Drs. Yi Yang and Martina Peng
Innovation in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Awarded to Dr. Joel Gardner
Innovation in Education and Industry Partnerships Awarded to Dr. Brenda Jones

Dr. Christopher Washington, Executive Vice President and Provost, Franklin University, provided the keynote presentation on Friday morning, discussing higher education today and what it means to be a learner-centric university.

A special note of thanks to Carie Martin, Administrative Assistant to the Associate Provost, Academic Quality & Co-Executive Director of i4, and Dr. Kelly Renner, Program Chair, Applied Psychology, for co-chairing this year's event.


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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