The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education has been selected to receive the 2013 University-wide Departmental Teaching Award (UDTA) from the University of Nebraska, NU President James B. Milliken announced today.
“It is fitting that the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a model for excellence in teaching,” Milliken said. “Faculty in the department are deeply committed to ensuring that students graduate with the tools they need to become Nebraska’s next generation of teachers. Students have opportunities to conduct meaningful research, have an international learning experience, access the latest technological advances and – most importantly – work closely with faculty members who understand that great teaching is the foundation of a great university. I am proud to honor the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education for its long record of success.”
The UDTA originated in 1993 and is designed to recognize a department or unit within the University of Nebraska that has made unique and significant contributions to the university’s teaching efforts. The honored department is awarded $25,000 to be used in a manner the department sees fit, such as for travel to a conference, instructional equipment or improvements to a classroom or student resource.
The Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, a foundational unit within the university, is home to about 40 faculty and 1,800 student majors at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. The department leads teacher preparation in Nebraska, playing a pivotal role in meeting the state’s need for high-quality teachers – a demand that has become more complex as technological, economic and demographic transformations sweep Nebraska. The department produces more teachers than any other Nebraska institution and offers the only doctoral programs in teacher education in the state. In addition, the department provides professional development programs to practicing teachers, including in high-need areas such as English language learning, mathematics and science.
Faculty within the department are charged with creating and maintaining a climate that promotes a respect for good teaching practice. They have engaged in a number of initiatives and innovations aimed at improving teaching and learning. For example:
The department will be honored at a luncheon this month.