Five CHSE faculty members receive TAF Undergraduate Teaching Awards


The following College of Human Sciences & Education faculty members received TAF Undergraduate Teaching Awards for their outstanding teaching at the LSU Distinguished Faculty Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.

Amanda A. Benson | Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology

Dr. Benson is the Assistant Program Director for the Athletic Training Education Program and Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Kinesiology.

In addition to her duties as the Assistant Program Director, Benson is an active volunteer to the profession of athletic training. She currently serves on the National Research and Education Foundation Scholarship Committee, is a Review Team member and site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE), is the SEATA Chair for the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Committee and has worked providing medical coverage for various events such as the Walt Disney Marathons, the Central American Games and USA Tae Kwon Do. Most recently, she received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from SEATA.

Kristin A. Gansle | Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, School of Education       

Dr. Gansle has been a member of the faculty at Louisiana State University since 1995.  She serves on the Special Education Program faculty of the School of Education, is Director of Graduate Studies for the School, and is the current chair of the Graduate Council for LSU.

Dr. Gansle’s research interests include evaluation and improvement of teacher preparation programs, assessment of and intervention with academic skills for children with high-incidence disabilities, and professional development for teachers.

John LaVelle | Assistant Professor, School of Leadership & Human Resource Development

Dr. LaVelle teaches on the topic of program evaluation. This semester he taught several courses, including research problems and data collection and analysis of human resource development. His areas of expertise include: evaluator training and development; evaluation competencies; recruitment and selection of evaluators; and accreditation, certification, and licensure of evaluators.

Dr. LaVelle’s empirical work has focused on the formal development of the evaluation profession, with a focus on understanding the international job market and the formal university systems that are set up to meet those needs. He has explored topics such as analyzing the international job market for evaluators, the university systems across the world that prepare evaluators, and methods for reaching out to potential applied researchers and evaluators.

Elaine M. Maccio | Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Maccio has taught 23 different courses in 18 content areas at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Her teaching interests include LGBT issues, cultural diversity, mental health diagnosis, and social work practice. To that end, she has developed three undergraduate courses and one graduate course, as well as the LGBTQ Studies Minor.

Dr. Maccio’s research and scholarship focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and the issues that affect them. As such, she was invited to serve as an ad hoc reviewer for the prestigious Journal of Homosexuality and collaborate with runaway and homeless youth (RHY) expert Dr. Kristin Ferguson-Colvin (Hunter College) on a RHY service provider’s toolkit commissioned by the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections.

Michael MacLellan | Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology

Dr. MacLellan teaches biomechanics and basic kinesiology.

His research program involves the integration of biomechanics and neuroscience to further our understanding of how the central nervous system controls human locomotion and how it is able to adapt locomotion to the environment. In addition, he is interested in the fundamental motor patterns that are displayed during locomotion and studies how children develop these patterns as well as how these change during pathological movement. He is also interested in determining how these patterns are re-learned during rehabilitation and if this information can be used to maximize mobility in pathological populations. 


About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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