The 2015 Teaching Professor Conference

Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning Award, 2014

We are pleased to announce the winner of the sixth annual Maryellen Weimer Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning Award. Created to recognize outstanding scholarly work on teaching and learning, the award includes a $1,000 stipend for the winning article. Authors of the winning article were recognized at a special ceremony on June 1 at The Teaching Professor Conference in Boston. The award is sponsored by Magna Publications and The Teaching Professor.

2014 Winning Article:

Teaching and Learning Award 2014 
Maryellen Weimer (left) presents co-author Peggy Brickman with this year’s award.

Gormally, C., Brickman, P., and Lutz, M., (2012). Developing a test of scientific literacy skills (TOSLS): Measuring undergraduates’ evaluation of scientific information and arguments. Cell Biology Education—Life Sciences Education, 11 (4), 364-377.

Finalist Articles
Brownell, S. E., and Tanner, K. D., (2012). Barriers to faculty pedagogical change: Lack of training, time, incentives, and … tensions with professional identity? Cell Biology Education—Life Sciences Education, 11 (4), 339-346.

Watson, C. E., Terry, K. P., and Doolittle, P. E., (2012). Please read while texting and driving. To Improve the Academy, 31, 295-309.

Many thanks to the Award Review Panel.

Mary Bart, editor, Faculty Focus

Nicki Monahan, faculty facilitator, George Brown College

Linda Shadiow, professor of educational leadership, Northern Arizona University

Get ready for next year: Competition for the seventh annual award will be announced during the late summer at Check there for rules and selection criteria. Help us establish the credibility of this award and the work it recognizes by nominating your best work and that of others. We will be reviewing articles published between 2013 and the present.

2013 Winning Article:

2013award winnerOhland, M. W., Loughry, M. L., Woehr, D. J., Bullard, L. G., Felder, R. M., Finelli, C. J., Layton, R. A., Pomeranz, H. R., & Schmucker, D. G. (2012). The comprehensive assessment of team member effectiveness: Development of a behaviorally anchored rating scale for self- and peer evaluation. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11 (4): 609-630.

Finalists, listed in alphabetical order:
Green, K. R., Pinder-Grover, T., and Millunchick, J. M. (2012). Impact of screencast technology: Connecting the perception of usefulness and the reality of performance. Journal of Engineering Education, 101 (4), 717-737.

Premuroso, R. F., Tong, L., and Beed, T. K. (2011). Does using clickers in the classroom matter to student performance and satisfaction when taking the introductory financial account course? Issues in Accounting Education, 26 (4), 701-723.

Shields, S. P., Hogrebe, M. C., Spees, W. M., Handlin, L. B., Noelken, G. P., Riley, J. M., and Frey, R. F. (2012). A transition program for underprepared students in general chemistry: Diagnosis, implementation and evaluation. Journal of Chemical Education, 89 (8), 995-1000.

Many thanks to the Award Review Panel.

Alice Cassidy, principal, In View Education and Professional Development

Ed Neal, editor, Journal of Faculty Development

Christopher Price, director, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, The College at Brockport, State University of New York

Linda Shadiow, professor of educational leadership, Northern Arizona University

Catherine Stover, managing editor, Magna Publications.

2012 Winning article:

2012 award winnerSipress, J. M. and Voelker, D. J. (2011). The end of the history survey course: the rise and fall of the coverage model. Journal of American History, 97 (4), 1050-1066.

Finalists, listed in alphabetical order:

Hauhart, R. C. and Grahe, J. E. (2010). The undergraduate capstone course in the social sciences: results from regional survey. Teaching Sociology, 38 (1), 4-17.

Pike, D. (2011). The tyranny of dead ideas in teaching and learning: Midwest Sociological Society Presidential Address 2010. The Sociological Quarterly, 52, 1-12.

2011 Winner

Winning article (a two part article)

Beatty, J. E., Leigh, J. S. A., and Dean, K. L., (2009). Philosophy rediscovered: Exploring the connections between teaching philosophies, educational philosophies, and philosophy. Journal of Management Education, 33 (1), 99-114. Find the article at:

Beatty, J. E., Leigh, J. S. A., and Dean, K. L., (2009). Finding our roots: An exercise for creating a personal teaching philosophy statement. Journal of Management Education, 33 (1), 115-130. Find the article at:

2011 Finalists, listed in alphabetical order

Dunlap, J. C. and Lowenthal, P. R. (2009). Tweeting the night away: Using Twitter to enhance social presence. Journal of Information Systems Education, 20 (2), 129-130. Find the article at:

Sum, P. E. and Light, S. A. (2010). Assessing student learning outcomes and documenting success through a capstone course. PS: Political Science and Politics, 43 (3), 523-31. Find the article at:


2010 Winner

Winning article

Carrithers, D., Ling, T., and Bean, J. C. (2008). Messy problems and lay audiences:
Teaching critical thinking within the finance curriculum. Business Communication Quarterly, 71 (2), 152-170.
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2010 Finalists, listed in alphabetical order

Kraemer, E. W., Lombardo, S. V., and Lepkowski, F. J. (2007). The librarian, the machine, or a little of both: A comparative study of three information literacy pedagogies at Oakland University. College & Research Libraries, 68 (4), 330-342.
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Pollard, E. A. (2008). Raising the stakes: Writing about witchcraft on wikipedia. The History Teacher, 42 (1), 9-24.
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2009 Winner

Winning article

Diaz, A., J., Middendorf, J., Pace, D., and Shopkow, L. (2008). The history learning project: A department decodes its students. Journal of American History, 94 (4), 1211-1224.

2009 Finalists, listed in alphabetical order

Hawk, T. F., and Lyons, P. R. (2008). Please don’t give up on me: When faculty fail to care. Journal of Management Education, 32 (3), 316-338.

Hayes-Bohanan, P., and Spievak, E. (2008). You can lead students to sources, but can you make them think? Journal of College and Undergraduate Libraries, 15 (1-2), 173-210.

Lerner, N., Craig, J., and Poe, M. (2008). Innovation across the curriculum: Three case studies in teaching science and engineering communication. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 51 (3), 280-301.

Prince, M. J., Felder, R. M., and Brent, R. (2007). Does faculty research improve undergraduate teaching? An analysis of existing and potential synergies. Journal of Engineering Education, 96 (4), 283-294.