At the 2011 Laureate Leadership Summit held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Dr. Gary Burkholder of Walden University and Dr. Andrés Meza of Universidad Andrés Bello were honored with the 2011 David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Drs. Burkholder and Meza will each receive a $50,000 research award to conduct the research described in their winning proposals. Dr. Gary Burkholder will study the promotion and assessment of student engagement and higher order thinking in online classroom discussion forums. Dr. Andrés Meza will research the development of interactive teaching methods for introductory Physics courses.
The David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was created in 2007 by Laureate's Chairman and CEO, Douglas L. Becker, to honor Dr. David A. Wilson, a former member of Laureate Education Inc.'s board of directors, and to encourage faculty-led research on the topics of teaching and learning.
Since the award's inception in 2007, more than 200 professors from 20 Laureate institutions have submitted research proposals for eight awards totaling $400,000. In this year's contest, more than 55 faculty members from 18 Laureate institutions submitted proposals. Each participating institution conducted a local selection process to review and choose their top proposal for submission to the Global Selection Committee, which includes Drs. David Wilson, Manuel Krauskopf (Chair), Denise DeZolt Cesár Morales, Germán Ramírez, and Juan Salcedo.
A special thanks to university-based contest leaders, the Global Selection Committee members, and the organizer of the David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Katherine Zuga, for their time and commitment to this initiative.
For more information on the David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, please contact Katherine Zuga, Community Outreach Manager, at email@example.com.