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FSU Faculty Member Dr. Yan Bao Honored With USM Award for Teaching

FSU Faculty Member Dr. Yan Bao Honored With USM Award for Teaching

Dr. Yan Bao, an associate professor in the Frostburg State University Department of Accounting, has been awarded the Regents’ Faculty Award for Teaching, the highest honor that the University System of Maryland Board of Regents bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement. She will be honored at the April 10 meeting of the board.

Bao’s honor marks the seventh time since 2007 that an FSU faculty member has been honored by the regents.

“Dr. Bao has been one of the most dynamic faculty members at the FSU College of Business since 2002 at both the undergraduate and graduate levels,” said Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, dean of FSU’s College of Business. “She has routinely earned one of the highest evaluation ratings in the College of Business for the past 10 years – especially in the area of teaching. This has been due to her student-centered teaching philosophy and her commitment to innovative and engaging teaching approaches.”

Her students’ comments have consistently reflected her caring attitude and devotion, regardless of the mode of course delivery, whether it be face to face, blended or online.

“Some students learn better through lecture, others through reading or PowerPoints and others may learn better through trial and error. In Dr. Bao’s class, you were never at a disadvantage if you learned better through a certain method because she literally made ALL of them available for students,” said current MBA student Lauren Martin.

One of Bao’s recent accomplishments in teaching is a successful design of the MBA Financial Accounting online class. The College of Business experienced a significant enrollment increase when the online MBA program was launched in fall 2011. Bao carefully designed her online delivery model by incorporating various technologies to provide a quality learning environment similar to that in a face-to-face class.

She uses an online homework system to enable students to receive instant feedback; an online conference room to help students ease their fears, ask questions and participate in discussions; and a project to challenge students to learn how to make financial statement analysis using annual reports of publicly traded companies, which enables them to apply the knowledge they acquire to real-world settings.

In addition, she coached other faculty at the University to help them improve their online teaching skills by conducting workshops in online class design and effective utilization of technology in distance education.

Further, Bao has been one of the first few faculty members who took on the leadership of incorporating global-experiential learning into FSU’s curriculum by organizing two College of Business-sponsored study abroad programs called “Impact China,” a hallmark of the University’s experiential educations initiatives. These projects turned out to be highly valuable global learning experiences for students.

Courses are offered in the first six-week session of every summer starting from 2012, with two-week travel and four-week online instruction. During the two-week travel, students have opportunities to appreciate different cultures, understand diversity and complexity in the changing world and investigate issues in the increasingly globalized society through hands-on learning and living experience.

Impact China inspired many students to explore the educational opportunities abroad as well as many faculty members to lead customized study abroad programs, witnessed by an increasing number of such programs campuswide since 2012. Recently, her efforts in incorporating global experiential learning in the College of Business have been expanded to direct communication with universities in China for establishing collaborative academic programs in undergraduate degrees such as a program in accounting between FSU and some prestigious institutions of higher education in China.

Finally, Bao has been a board member for the Chinese Immersion program in West Side Elementary School in the Allegany County Public Schools. This noteworthy program has gained excellent results and accompanying publicity and is an outstanding example of the University’s PK-20 collaborative efforts.

“Bao’s extensive work with College of Business and University outreach, collaboration and international education have gone far above and beyond required faculty duties,” said FSU Provost Dr. William Childs. “These actions have brought recognition to the University with our China initiatives.”

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 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. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.


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