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CAS Facutly receive Provost Awards
October 1, 2009
Two College of Arts and Sciences faculty have been named recipients of Provost's awards:
The Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching was awarded to Jennifer McNabb, an associate professor of history.
"Dr. McNabb has a passion for teaching that motivates her students to reach for excellence. Through innovative methods and hands-on class activities, such as debates and role playing games, she inspires students to succeed by teaching them critical thinking skills, how to weigh historical evidence and develop and defend their conclusions," stated the nominating committee. "She also enables students to develop their writing skills by requiring formal essays in all of her courses as part of their class assignments, projects, quizzes and tests, giving feedback on essays and allowing students to revise and resubmit for additional points. Her students regularly give her high marks in her teaching evaluations and praise her ability to make history come alive, fun and enjoyable, yet still be challenging." McNabb was also recognized for mentoring students, teaching First Year Experience classes, supervising Honors theses and research projects and for presenting papers at conferences, writing articles for journals and editing a column for a journal.
Shazia Rahman, an associate professor in the English and journalism department, received the Provost's Award for Excellence in Internationalizing the Campus.
Rahman's nominators said they recommended her "based on the breadth of the activities Dr. Rahman participated in all three areas, including teaching, service and research. She developed and taught a new internationalized course, 'Pakistani Fiction,' and she internationalized the existing 'Introduction to World Literature' course by including readings and poetries from different continents. Several of her service activities are related to global issues. She organized a hunger banquet to raise our students' awareness of the problem of hunger in some parts of the world. She served as a member of the African Literature Association Conference and read hundreds of abstracts submitted to the conference, which was hosted by Western Illinois and which attracted many scholars from all over the world to Macomb. Finally, her research topics are related to international issues, such as nationalism, cosmopolitanism and exoticism. Dr. Rahman has also presented her research at a number of international conferences and published in international journals."