ASU Applied Behavior Analysis Diploma to Expand Beyond Arizona

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May 21, 2020

As Arizona State University’s largest and most diverse college, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers courses that nearly all ASU students take at some point in their college career.

These courses cover a wide variety of topics in the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities and are led by exceptional faculty who strive to go above and beyond for their students.

Armstrong Hall on ASU’s Tempe campus is home to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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Each year, a faculty member from each division of the College is selected as the recipient of the Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest recognition of teaching excellence at the College. Additionally, this year, one faculty member received the Outstanding Instructor Award and one faculty member received the Outstanding Lecturer Award.

“These faculty members embody the innovation and dedication that occurs in each of our academic units,” said Patrick Kenney, Dean of the College. “I am, like so many others in our community, grateful for their contributions and look forward to their continued success in their respective fields. “

Meet this year’s winners:

Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award

Jess albert

Alberts joined ASU in 1989 and is Professor to the President and Director of the Online Communication Masters Program at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. His research focuses on conflicts in personal and professional relationships.

Alberts has published articles on marital conflict, the division of domestic labor and the daily interactions of couples. Over the years, his contributions in teaching and mentoring have been recognized with numerous awards.

As a teacher, she says her main goal is to spark students’ curiosity about the world while encouraging lifelong learning by promoting critical thinking, analytical writing and the application of concepts from the classroom to real-life scenarios.

“I strive to provide a classroom that shows how we can celebrate diverse others while communicating with authenticity and compassion,” Alberts said. “I do this by showing respect for the variety of knowledge, skills and experiences that students bring to the classroom and by introducing a classroom code of conduct that recognizes the humanity and gifts of all students. “

Ligia Bezerra

Bezerra is an assistant professor at the School of International Letters and Cultures, where she has been teaching since 2016. Her research interests focus on everyday life, consumption and democracy in Latin American literature and culture, in particular Brazil and Argentina.

She is the author of the forthcoming book “A Consuming World: Imagining Everyday Life in Twenty-First Century Brazil,” which explores representations of consumption in the work of 21st century Brazilian writers, examining how they envision more or less futures. less promising in light of how several aspects of consumption impact our current daily life.

Throughout her career she has taught a variety of courses in Linguistics, English, Portuguese and Spanish. She says she is inspired by all the teachers she has had in her life, including her mother, colleagues and students.

“I grew up seeing the difference education made in my mother’s life and the difference that she, as an educator, made in the lives of her students,” said Bezerra. “Teaching is something I am very passionate about, so this award means a lot to me. “

Bezerra says that because the material she teaches focuses on contemporary life, it allows her to be in close contact with issues that have a direct impact on the lives of her students, which provides her with invaluable opportunities for learning. ” bring their expertise to the classroom. Her goal as an educator is to guide her students with questions that motivate them to empathize with others, become more informed consumers and more engaged citizens, and think creatively in order to meet the global challenges that lie ahead. .

Shelley haydel

Haydel has taught in the Faculty of Life Sciences since 2005, and also works as an associate professor at the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy, as well as at the Biodesign Institute Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors. Additionally, she is the Director of the Undergraduate Research Program at the School of Life Sciences.

Haydel is an infectious disease microbiologist with active research interests and projects focused on bacterial pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, infectious diseases, medical / clinical microbiology, rapid diagnosis and antimicrobial discovery. She has won several awards for her approach to teaching.

In her classes and research lab, Haydel says she pushes students to aim high and be champions no matter what their circumstances, while promising them that she will teach, mentor and lead with action, advocacy, honesty and compassion. Haydel’s teaching style fosters collaborative, interactive and holistic learning experiences that value diversity.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award. I couldn’t wait to tell my undergraduates because I felt like they were nominated along with me, ”said Haydel. “I wouldn’t be the teacher I am without these wonderful students. My efforts are worth it for these exceptional students. I want to see them learn and succeed in life. I tell them that I will always be a mentor when they need it.

Outstanding instructor award

Susan holechek

Holechek is an instructor at the School of Life Sciences with an affiliate position at the Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Modeling and Sciences Center. She first joined the university as a professor in 2015.

At ASU, Holechek has formed an interdisciplinary group of biology and mathematics students who are currently studying the role of the immune system in the modulation and transmission of infectious diseases using both experimental and mathematical modeling approaches. In her classes, she works on implementing an adaptive learning platform that promotes student engagement while reducing the cost of materials. She has received numerous scholarships to expand the research possibilities of her students and has received several awards for her teaching and mentoring.

Prior to working at ASU, she worked in the Molecular Biology Division of the Peruvian National Institute of Health as a member of the response team for the first dengue outbreak with hemorrhagic cases in 2000.

Holechek is delighted to share recognition for teaching with one of her mentors, Shelley Haydel, who receives the Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award.

“I have been inspired throughout these years by amazing ASU teachers who are both passionate and knowledgeable,” said Holechek. “It is an honor to receive the 2019-2020 Outstanding Instructor Award for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and I hope to continue to make my students proud, after all this award is because of them.”

Outstanding Speaker Award

Iuliia Inozemtseva

Inozemtseva has been a lecturer at the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences since 2017. His research interests focus on differential equations and mathematical modeling.

In the past, she has worked on mathematical applications in genetic mutations and predator-prey models as well as on the mathematical modeling of epidemic spreads in hospitals. Over the years, she has been recognized for her teaching excellence.

Inozemtseva is a member of Association of Women in Mathematics, where she uses her international experience to promote women in STEM careers. In the classroom, she takes a unique approach to mathematics by showing students real-world applications in various fields, including biology, coding, artificial intelligence, physics, engineering, and medicine. Through this approach, she discovered that many students have a new love for the subject once they are able to see it from a new perspective.

“I am extremely grateful for this award and for the recognition,” said Inozemtseva. “I hope that rewards like these will motivate more instructors to invest their time and passion in new generations of students. After all, we cannot ignore that we are working through interesting times with new technology and resources available to both students and instructors. By taking the time to learn how to use these resources, we are helping students succeed in college and change lives for the better. “


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