Annual Library Faculty Awards
Faculty Award for the Support of Information Literacy and Critical Thinking
2014-2015 Dr. Jonathan Gates, Professor of English, Department Chair
Course: College Writing II
Assignment: Resource Guide
A resource guide, consisting of eight reputable sources, which examined the ways a Biblical text was interpreted by considering the design of the text, the primary audience, the level of scholarship, and the use of sources. Students compared and contrasted the linguistic, theological, sociological, historical, and gender perspectives of a topic.
Winner's Choice: Into the World of the New Testament: Greco-Roman and Jewish Texts and Contexts, by Daniel Lynwood Smith (2015)
2013-2014 Dr. Bennett Schepens, Assistant Provost & Director of Institutional Assessment
Course: Introduction to Educational Research
Assignment: Research Tested Instructional Strategies
A formal paper comprised of a significant literature review, evaluation, analysis, and interpretation of a specific instructional method. The students presented their research orally and visually as well.
Winner's Choice: Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing, by Ryan M. Niemiec (2013)
2012-2013 Dr. Michael Huster, Professor of Physics
Course: Introduction to Astronomy
Assignment: Astronomy Project
A formal paper on one of six interpretations of Genesis 1-2, including a source summary, draft, in-class presentation with a 1-page hand-out and a 3-5 page personal position response.
Winner's Choice: Global Warming: The Complete Briefing, 4th ed., by John Houghton (2009)