AMERICUS (Mar. 13, 2014)—Beth Tripp, adjunct and clinical professor of the School of Nursing, has received the first bi-annual Georgia Southwestern State University Caught in the Act of Great Teaching Award. The award is a faculty appreciation initiative intended to recognize faculty for effective teaching strategies.  

GSW School of Nursing professor receives Caught in the Act of Great Teaching Award

AMERICUS (Mar. 13, 2014)—Beth Tripp, adjunct and clinical professor of the School of Nursing, has received the first bi-annual Georgia Southwestern State University Caught in the Act of Great Teaching Award. The award is a faculty appreciation initiative intended to recognize faculty for effective teaching strategies.

The Caught in the Act of Great Teaching Award was created this year by Lauren DiPaula, Ph.D., who has been tasked with faculty development and who was inspired by a similar award she heard about at the USG Consortium for Teaching and Learning. The award’s slogan is “I've been caught in the act of great teaching!” and it was made possible by an anonymous donor in the community who saw a need and donated $100.

Students nominated professors through GAView throughout the semester. Then, a committee of students who were nominated by the deans of individual schools and colleges reviewed the nominees and selected a winner.

“To nominate a professor, the students simply had to reveal the effective strategies that the professor uses,” said Ashley Bratcher, an English major who served on the committee. “Mrs. Tripp stood out because of the consistency of the submissions. Each one of the submissions focused, at some point or another, on the interactive assignments that she brings to class to help the students learn.”

The comments and recommendations made by her students illustrate the strategies that Tripp uses to make learning fun and effective for her students.

“She understands quite well that students inherently learn best in different ways, and has somehow created a pedagogy that was not just well-received, but well-comprehended,” said one student.

“Mrs. Tripp goes out of her way to teach us very involved biological processes of the human body by engaging in active participation from the class to gain a better understanding about a disease,” said another student. “Anyone that can make learning about the endocrine system fun and make sense at the same time deserves to be recognized for great teaching.”

Beth Tripp has been teaching at GSW since 2009. She has a Master of Science in nursing education from Georgia College and State University and holds a Master of Business Administration with a management concentration. She teaches the senior medical-surgical nursing course, serves as the clinical instructor in pediatrics and medical-surgical nursing, and has been a practicum advisor.

“I am delighted that Beth has been selected for this award,” said Sandra Daniel, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing. “She is highly respected by her students and colleagues as she teaches and mentors others in their roles. Her breadth of knowledge, experiences, passion, and dedication to nursing education is always apparent in the classroom and clinical areas.”

Beth Tripp was presented with the award earlier this week. Mallory Wall, secretary of the Student Government Association; Surge, GSW’s mascot; Lauren DiPaula; and the faculty of nursing surprised Tripp during one of her student consultations and presented her with a custom travel coffee mug.

“I was totally unaware of the award when I was ambushed by Lauren DiPaula, Surge and friends!” remarked Tripp. “I am deeply honored that busy nursing students took the time to nominate me!”

Beth Tripp poses with Lauren DiPaula, Surge, and Mallory Wall.

CAPTION--Surge, Lauren DiPaula (left), and Mallory Wall (right) caught Beth Tripp in the act of great teaching!

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