2002-2003 Teaching Excellence Award Recipients
The Undergraduate School
William P. Peirce has been a UMUC faculty member since 1991, teaching communication studies and English. His professional life has centered on teaching and learning; recently he has focused on developing strategies for teaching, thinking, and promoting intellectual development in online classes. He has also published articles in a number of journals and has created a compilation of Web resources related to the teaching of critical thinking and reasoning. Students have praised Peirce’s in-depth feedback and prompt responses to questions. He holds an MA in English from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Kathleen W. Sander has taught American history at UMUC since 1994. She is the author of The Business of Charity: The Woman’s Exchange Movement, 1832–1900, as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles on 19th-century history. Her teaching philosophy involves sharing her passion and inspiration from history, and she seeks to help students understand the principles of democracy, civil liberties, equality, tolerance, and economic opportunity, and how the past continues to influence our everyday lives. Sander holds a PhD in American studies from University of Maryland, College Park.
The Graduate School
Monica Sava Bolesta has taught Research Methods for Managers and other MBA courses since 1995 for UMUC's Graduate School. She brings years of statistical analysis, survey methodology, and management consulting experience to the classroom, and students laud her accessibility, responsiveness, high level of interaction, and constructive feedback on assignments. Bolesta holds a PhD in measurement, statistics, and evaluation from University of Maryland, College Park.
Brian L. Usilaner has taught at the Graduate School at UMUC since 1984. He is a management consultant with more than 30 years of experience in organizational improvement efforts, specializing in strategies to enhance organizational effectiveness and customer satisfaction. Usilaner also served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for six consecutive years, including three years as a senior examiner, and now serves as an alumni examiner. Students have praised Usilaner’s ability to apply theory to practical, real-world situations, and to help them learn how to do the same. He has helped develop and revise Graduate School course curriculum materials, has served as a peer mentor to new faculty members, and has also served as a panel member at the Graduate School’s New Faculty Orientation. Usilaner holds a DSc in management science from the George Washington University.
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