News Briefs: Jan. 29

Part-time lecturers teaching award nominations close Tuesday

Nominations for the 2016 EMU-FT Part-Time Lecturers Distinguished Teaching Awards close Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. Due to the short notice of the nomination availability, supporting materials can be submitted through Feb. 10.

This award is open to all part-time lecturers at Eastern Michigan University who have completed one teaching year at the university and demonstrate the ability to “promote creative and critical thinking; to facilitate students’ ability to extend their learning beyond their prior knowledge and develop a more comprehensive view of the field, themselves and the world”—among other criteria.

Students, faculty and staff can nominate a part-time lecturer from the following colleges:

  • Two Part-Time Lecturers from the College of Arts and Sciences
  • One Part-Time Lecturer from the College of Business
  • One Part-Time Lecturer from the College of Education
  • One Part-Time Lecturer from the College of Health and Human Services
  • One Part-Time Lecturer from the College of Technology

Criteria for the award include a personal narrative, syllabi from the classes taught, support letters from those familiar with the lecturer’s work and formal evaluations from the representing department.

More information on the criteria can be found at:

Winners of the 216 EMU-FT Part-Time Lecturers Distinguished Teaching Awards are chosen by a review and selection committee consisting of EMU-FT members and part-time lecturers who weren’t nominated for the awards.

The Division of Academic Affairs will honor the chosen lecturers at the Distinguished Contributions Awards Ceremony recognition event March 29.

EMU receives $2.6 million to aid students learning English as a foreign language

Eastern Michigan University received a grant totaling more than $2.6 million to help support and train 300 Michigan teachers in helping students learn English as a foreign language.

According to Naomi Norman, the Assistant Superintendent of Achievement and Student Services for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, over 2,500 students in Washtenaw County are learning English as a second language.

“The 5.7 percent of the students in Washtenaw County who are English language learners really need teachers with specialized skills to address their unique learning needs,” said Norman.

The grant will run five years and allow EMU to train 60 teachers per year in areas that help improve students writing and language skills. The teachers will enroll in Eastern’s program in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

According to a press release, “a collaborative team will develop and implement professional training for teachers and paraprofessionals, as well as conducting family and community literacy activities through the EMU Writing Project’s Family Literacy Program.”

The project team includes: principal investigator Zuzana Tomas, a professor of World Languages; co-investigator Bill Tucker, a professor of English language and literature; and Sarah Lorenz, director of the EMU Writing Project.

Shawn Quilter, a professor of teacher education at Eastern, will conduct the evaluation of the project required by the U.S. Department of Education.

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