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November 2009

Release Date: Nov. 19, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Mathematics Instructor Wins National Teaching Award

Ellen D. Moreland, senior instructor of mathematics at Angelo State University, has been named the 2009 Texas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

A 21-year ASU faculty member, Moreland is one of only 38 state winners chosen from more than 300 professors who were nominated by colleges and universities throughout the U.S. for the Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program. She was nominated for the award after winning the inaugural Texas Tech University System Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award for ASU in 2009. All the winners will be honored at an awards luncheon and an evening reception on Thursday, Nov. 19, in Washington, D.C.

“I am very pleased to have won for Angelo State because I think it is a way of getting our name out there,” Moreland said. “I think there are far too many people who don’t realize what a great university this really is. I’m very happy and proud to have received it.”

According to the Carnegie Foundation, the criterion for the award is extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching, which is demonstrated by excellence in the following areas: impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contribution to undergraduate education in the institution, community and profession; and support from colleagues and current and former students.

“The selection of Professor Moreland by the Carnegie Foundation for this national honor,” said ASU President Joseph C. Rallo, “is an affirmation of the caliber of instructor which has made Angelo State University such an exceptional institution over the past decades.”

Topping the list of Moreland’s accomplishments at ASU is the capstone course she teaches for mathematics majors in the secondary teacher certification program. Since she helped formulate the course, which reviews the entire mathematics curriculum, and began teaching it in 1997, every student who has completed the program has passed the teacher certification test on the first try. That compares to a statewide pass rate of about 60 percent.

“Ellen Moreland is the most dedicated teacher I know,” said Dr. Paul Swets, head of the ASU Mathematics Department. “She works very, very hard to get her students to work hard – and they all seem to really enjoy it and benefit from it. I think Ellen likes teaching, but I know for a fact that she loves to see student learning.”

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was founded in 1905 by Andrew Carnegie “to do all things necessary to encourage, uphold and dignify the profession of teaching.” The foundation is the only advanced-study center for teachers in the world and the third-oldest foundation in the nation. Its nonprofit research activities are conducted by a small group of distinguished scholars.

CASE is the largest international association of education institutions, serving nearly 3,400 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in 59 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information and standards in the fields of educational fundraising, communications, marketing and alumni relations.

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