LTEC Award

John Youngblood ImageCongratulations to Dr. John Youngblood, Associate Professor of English and Communication!

Dr. Youngblood has numerous qualities that make him uniquely qualified to be the recipient of this award. His most important quality is his excellence and passion for teaching through informal education. His ability to present and effectively communicate to his colleagues with great passion allows continuous questioning on the receiving end. Through having one-on-one conversations with Dr. Youngblood, he is able to persuade you to question your thought process and continuously want to grow and learn more. He has modeled how to be selective when explaining one self because not everyone is as passionate about your views. He leads with passion and honesty, which makes him a successful mentor.

He is currently sitting on the Diversity in Action Coalition (DIAC) group as the elected chair. This group allows him to effectively guide his colleagues to understand diversity. His scholarship in diversity is ingrained into his courses and workshops that have been presented at SUNY Potsdam for years.

Dr. Youngblood shares his teaching work daily with colleagues in an inspiring, challenging, and informative way. He tells colleagues what his students are doing, how they impress him, and what their needs are. Dr. Youngblood’s classroom pedagogy is thus a public one in that he regularly engages in informal discussions with colleagues about his pedagogy and his students, in order, it seems, to be sure that we understand what is on his students’ minds.

Congratulations to Dr. John Youngblood who is honored with a $500 award to be used for materials to enhance his teaching and his name on our award plaque located in the Learning and Teaching Excellence Center.

Do you know someone who has made a significant and positive impact on their colleagues to promote active learning and teaching excellence at SUNY Potsdam?

If so, we invite you to nominate him or her for the 2015-2016 LTEC Award For Excellence. This $500 award is intended to recognize impact in the advancement of learning for the campus community beyond outstanding teaching or disciplinary research.

Eligibility

Most SUNY Potsdam employees are eligible to be nominated. (Members of the LTEC Advisory Board and anyone that has received this award in the past five years are not eligible.) The award is for a faculty or staff member who has made a significant and positive impact on his or her colleagues and has gone beyond normal responsibilities to advance active learning and innovative teaching on SUNY Potsdam's campus.

Examples of contributions to advancing learning and teaching might include (but are not limited to):

  • Mentoring colleagues
  • Creating new opportunities to advance teaching
  • Presenting LTEC or campus workshops or seminars
  • Sharing innovative instructional approaches or collaborations
  • Promoting interdisciplinary approaches to teaching
  • Designing curricular innovations
  • Contributing to the scholarship of learning and teaching

To submit a nomination:

All nominations should be sent via email to Caron Collins at collincl@potsdam.edu and should contain the following:

  1. A letter of nomination describing the nominee's impact on his/her colleagues in promoting active learning and teaching excellence on the SUNY-Potsdam campus (above and beyond the nominee's normal responsibilities), and
  2. At least one additional letter of support (at least one of which must be from a SUNY Potsdam employee)


All nominations and letters of support must be received by Thursday March 5th, 2015.

Note: please submit nominations and letters of support as separate electronic attachments (.pdf documents are preferred) within a single e-mail. Please indicate the name of the nominee in the title of each file. For example, e-mail nominating George Washington might contain the following attachments: GeorgeWashington-Nomination.pdf, GeorgeWashington-Letter1.pdf and GeorgeWashington-Letter2.pdf.

After receiving nominations, the LTEC board will request supporting evidence (such as a c.v.) from the nominees and, as needed, other pertinent campus sources. In years where there are either no nominations or the contributions of those nominated do not meet the award's standards, the LTEC Board may choose not to present the award.

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After receiving nominations, the LTEC board will request supporting evidence (such as a c.v.) from the nominees and, as needed, other pertinent campus sources. In years where there are either no nominations or the contributions of those nominated do not meet the award's standards, the LTEC Board may choose not to present the award.