KSU professor among two in state cited for excellence in scholarship of teaching

Board of Regents award honors environmental science professor

Georgia (Nov 18, 2008) — KSU professor among two in state cited for excellence in scholarship of teaching

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KSU professor among two in state cited for excellence in scholarship of teaching
Board of Regents award honors environmental science professor


KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Nov. 12‚ 2008) — The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has awarded Matthew Laposata‚ an associate professor of environmental science in Kennesaw State’s Department of Biology and Physics‚ its highest honor for research that leads to innovative teaching techniques that enhance student learning.

Laposata was one of two scholars among faculty from the 35 University System of Georgia institutions to be tapped for the annual Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Awards. The Board of Regents also awarded Teaching Excellence awards to three faculty members and one university department.

For the past 10 years‚ Laposata has developed and evaluated curriculum materials for environmental and preparatory courses for future elementary school teachers‚ which are used in the U.S. and abroad and are available via online libraries such as the National Science Digital Library. He has authored more than 45 peer−reviewed publications and presentations and has been supported in his research by more than $525‚000 in grants.

Laposata has created materials that he says educates students about environmental issues‚ engages them with science through real world topics and enlightens them about the impact they have on the environment through detailed analysis of their lifestyle choices. Thus‚ his teaching philosophy: “Educate‚ engage and enlighten.”

“We face many challenges in the U.S.‚ and one of the greatest is finding ways to promote economic growth while protecting the environment‚” Laposata said. “It is important to help students understand complex environmental issues so they can propose viable solutions that move our nation towards a sustainable future.”

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Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.


 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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