Mizzou’s Success with ICCTL Awards Continues
Bethany Stone honored at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning.
For the second-consecutive year, a University of Missouri faculty member has earned a pair of awards at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning (ICCTL), held earlier this month in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Bethany Stone, an associate professor of biological sciences at MU, earned the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology as well as the Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology.
“This is another example of how MU supports teaching and learning,” Stone said. “Not only was MU willing to select and sponsor a nominee for these awards, but it also provides the resources so its faculty can compete.”
Last year, Elizabeth Baker, an associate professor of literacy studies in the MU College of Education claimed both of these honors. In the 14 years in which the award has been presented, this is the first time that one institution has claimed the Boyer Award in back-to-back years. In fact, only one other institution—the U.S. Air Force Academy—has multiple Boyer Award winners.
“Congratulations to Bethany for being recognized for her scholarly and creative approaches to teaching and learning,” said Jim Spain, MU vice provost for undergraduate studies. “For our campus to receive both of the awards two years in a row is a special honor and places Mizzou among the leaders in innovative teaching. This is a significant accomplishment for our faculty and is a wonderful recognition of the continued work they do in providing the best teaching and learning experiences to our students.”
Stone was one of five nominated for the Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology, which recognized the nominee who best represents their highly creative contributions to teaching, learning and technology to the Boyer Selection Committee. As the winner of the award, Stone received a trophy and a $5,000 cash award presented by Pearson Higher Education. In addition, she will also receive an opportunity to participate as a member of the international committee to select future recipients of the award.
The 11 recipients for the Award for Innovation Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology were honored for their highly creative contributions to teaching, learning and technology at their respective colleges and universities.
“Mizzou fosters an atmosphere in which teaching is a scholarly pursuit and invests in teaching resources, such as ET@MO (Educational Technologies at Missouri) and the annual Celebration of Teaching conference, that give us faculty the opportunity to think about our teaching and learn how to apply technology in the classroom,” Stone said.
Stone has implemented technology into her classes as a way to free up class time and increase the interactive learning that takes place in the classroom. Last fall, she earned MU’s Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award for Undergraduate Teaching.
Stone has been at Mizzou since 2004 and teaches introductory biology courses focusing on botany, infectious diseases and genetic diseases. She was named a Kemper Award winner in 2011 and previously earned the Mizzou ’39 Outstanding Mentor Award in 2008 and the Provost Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award in 2007.