Dr. Megan Bradley, an associate professor in the Frostburg State University Department of Psychology, was honored at the spring meeting of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents with the Regents’ Faculty Award for Teaching.
The USM Regents’ Faculty Award is the highest honor that the Board bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement. Bradley’s honor marks the third time in the past four years that an FSU faculty member has been honored by the Regents.
“Dr. Bradley is an exceptional teacher and scholar whose efforts reflect her deep commitment to her students,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “She has developed as a campus, state and national leader in pedagogical innovation.”
Bradley’s nomination touted her innovative efforts to improve student learning, in particular her leadership at FSU in the Regent’s Course Redesign Initiative, intended to increase efficiency and excellence in instruction. FSU’s General Psychology course was redesigned as part of the initiative, with results showing both improved student learning and reduced cost to the University. That course is listed as an “exemplar” project by National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT). Bradley has also shared her experience and expertise in course redesign in workshops for faculty in the University System of Maryland, as well as for NCAT, and she serves as an NCAT Redesign Scholar, assisting other faculty across the country who are working on course redesign.
“Megan saw the redesign as an opportunity to enhance student learning, standardize the quality of instruction, improve retention, as well as reduce costs at an institutional level,” said Dr. Kevin Peterson, chair of the Department of Psychology. “All of these objectives have been achieved and are well-documented.”
She was also praised in her nomination for her innovative approaches to student mentoring, research and service learning. She is one of the two certified FSU peer reviewers for Quality Matters, an organization that seeks to ensure that faculty teaching online and hybrid courses are following national standards of “best practices.”
Bradley has also integrated service learning into her courses as a means of enhancing student comprehension. She has developed a model of "Community Based Authentic Learning" that strengthens the relationship of the University and the surrounding community.
“Megan has proven herself to be an outstanding scholar-practitioner-teacher and promoter of authentic learning,” said Dr. Joseph Hoffman, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “She has partnered with me and others to help transform the undergraduate learning experience at Frostburg State University, and she has become a national voice for improved student learning through course redesign and transformation.”
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.
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