BATON ROUGE – During LSU University College’s annual “Celebration of Excellence” Spring Awards program, four Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching awards were presented to Chantel D. Chauvin, LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Department of Sociology; Belinda C. Davis, LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Department of Political Science; Kandace T. Hurst, LSU College of Science, Department of Chemistry; and James V. Moroney, LSU College of Science, Department of Biological Sciences.
The Tiger Athletic Foundation provides University College with the generous support to award up to eight Teaching Awards. LSU students are integral in this process, as they nominate their best professors and instructors. All nominated faculty are presented to a Teaching Awards Selection Committee and recipients are announced.
“University College is pleased to have generous donors that allow us to acknowledge some of LSU’s outstanding undergraduate faculty with teaching awards,” said R. Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College. “Our ‘Celebration of Excellence’ ceremony allows us the opportunity to publicly recognize these deserving faculty.”
University College salutes all of these deserving individuals and expresses our gratitude to donors for their continued support.
Chauvin is an instructor in the Department of Sociology. Chauvin earned her doctorate in sociology from LSU, master’s degree in applied sociology from the University of Central Florida, and bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology with a concentration in criminology from LSU. She is widely published and has presented at numerous conferences with areas of interest to include the Southern subculture of violence, deviance, violent offending and victimization, gender and crime, and rural crime.
Regarding her teaching philosophy, Chauvin noted, “As a full-time instructor at LSU, teaching is my primary focus, and I am continually looking to enhance my abilities to engage students in the field of sociology through the courses I teach. My objectives for introduction to sociology are twofold: 1) to understand how your social environment helped shape you into the person you are today, and 2) understand the ways in which increasing diversity, technology and globalization impacts you, your world view and your interactions with others. Students may not remember every nuanced idea or concept they were presented with in my class, but I hope they are able to learn and utilize the broader concepts and critical thinking skills presented in my classes in their future courses, careers, and everyday lives.”
Chauvin’s students noted the following comments regarding her nomination:
Davis is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science. Davis earned her doctorate from Florida State University and specializes in public policy. Her research focuses on uses of welfare policy in the American states as a vehicle for examining theories of public policy.
Regarding her teaching philosophy, Davis stated, “In ‘Introduction to Public Policy,’ students learn the basics of public policy with a particular emphasis on public attention to a problem and how our understanding of a problem’s root causes guides solution choices. My goal in each class is to teach students the subject matter of the course in a way that helps create critical consumers and producers of information and fosters a greater sense of political efficacy.”
Davis’ students noted the following comments regarding her nomination:
Hurst is an instructor in the Department of Chemistry. She earned her doctorate in chemistry from LSU.
“My objective as an educator is to motivate students to think critically about the subject matter and to provide students with the necessary resources to help them succeed. To elevate my teaching efforts on a regular basis, I use self-monitoring, information from students, and test results. I also consult with other instructors about their methods for conveying that set of information and how it was worked for them. It is my intention that the student leaves me in a better way than when they first arrived,” Hurst said.
Hurst’s students noted the following comments regarding her nomination:
“Biology 1201 is typically the first biology course students take at LSU. My goal is to provide this large, very diverse group of students with the information they will need to advance successfully through their chose major, whether that is in allied health, agriculture or biological sciences. My concern about attendance stems from my experience with LaMSTI program, a National Science Foundation sponsored education program based in the Department of Mathematics. The greatest lesson I learned from this program’s studies was that students who were missing class often performed poorly. This past semester, I created daily, small quizzes for my 250 students to motivate them to attend every class. I entered more than 12,000 grades! I believe the effort is worth it, as my attendance and exam scores were the highest I have seen in nearly 30 years of teaching freshmen biology,” shared Moroney.
Moroney’s students noted the following comments regarding her nomination:
During the “Celebration of Excellence,” University College awarded $80,000 through 65 undergraduate student scholarships, five LSU faculty teaching awards, two graduate teaching assistant awards and one LSU Advisor of the Year Award on Thursday, March 23, at The Club on Union Square.
Since 1933, LSU University College has served as the portal of entry for students enrolled at LSU. Academic and personal success is the hallmark of a well-rounded student, and University College provides a foundation of support services for students beginning their academic careers at LSU. University College has two enrollment divisions: The Center for Freshman Year and The Center for Advising and Counseling. Additionally, University College offers retention-specific programs: Student Support Services, Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars and Summer Scholars. These academic support programs focus on particular student populations and are a significant part of the role and mission of University College.
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