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Chesapeake Professors Win National Award

Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2006


WYE MILLS – Dr. Ed Baker, professor of kinesiology and wellness, and Linda Earls, associate professor of English, recently received Teaching Excellence Awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) for the 2005-2006 academic year.

Baker, a Ridgely resident, this year celebrated 35 years with Chesapeake College. Earls, who lives in Greensboro, this year marked her 10th anniversary with Chesapeake.

"These instructors are proficient in the use of technology and innovative techniques in the classroom. The administration and faculty wanted Linda and Ed to be recognized for their contributions to the education of Chesapeake´s students," said Vice President for Academics Kathryn Barbour in explaining Chesapeake´s nomination of the two instructors.

Both Baker and Earls said they like to explore new ways to deliver instruction in the classroom. Earls, for example, developed a multi-media presentation about African-American literature.

"We want our students to be comfortable with technology, so it is important that we incorporate new technology into our courses as much as possible," Earls said. "Technology also helps us reach students with different styles."

Baker said that 10 years ago, he couldn´t imagine integrating new technology into his teaching.

"I´ve learned that you must integrate technology into classes in order to be competent in higher education," Baker said. "I feel that I´m at my best during face-to-face lectures, but I know that using technology in higher education is crucial. When I started teaching an online class, for example, I put my classroom lectures on cds, so that the students could at least see me discussing the material."

Baker also uses a hybrid class format that includes weekly class meetings with the majority of class work conducted over the Internet. The hybrid format, he said, gives students regular personal interaction with the convenience of an online format.

NISOD, based in Austin, Texas, has been awarding excellence in community college education since 1989. The organization honored 800 teachers from across the country this year.

CUTLINE: Professor Ed Baker and Associate Professor Linda Earls, both of Chesapeake College, recently received national awards for teaching excellence.


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