Bortz Faculty Prize Advances Use of Technology in Bethany College Classrooms

BETHANY, W.Va. — As part of its ongoing initiatives to expand and enhance student learning options, Bethany College provides annual recognition of successful technology-supported instruction with the Bortz Faculty Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom. The award acknowledges a Bethany faculty member who has effectively integrated teaching and technology and comes with $2,500 to be used for professional development activities, allowing the recipient to build upon existing efforts.

Lisa Hicks, Assistant Professor of Education, was awarded the prize for the 2009-2010 academic year. She remarked that, since winning, she has continued to utilize technology to engage learners and to improve learning outcomes. Hicks added that more colleagues have sought her assistance in implementing technology in their teaching as well.

“I am thankful to have received the Bortz Faculty Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom, as it encourages and motivates me in a cycle of continuous improvement,” Hicks stated. “As a reflective instructor, it is imperative that I incorporate current and future trends that will increase student learning and achievement.”

The Bortz Faculty Prize was established by Dr. and Mrs. Donald W. Bortz Sr. in honor of their sons — Donald Jr., who graduated from Bethany in 1965, Walter III, who graduated from Bethany in 1967, and Peter.

Hicks was selected by members of the Library and Information Technology Committee who reviewed the portfolios of materials submitted by faculty seeking the prize.

Hicks recently completed the training necessary to become a Master Instructor in the Intel® Teach Program, designed to help teachers educate more effectively by using technology in the classroom. She also plans to attend the International Society for Technology in Education’s June 2010 meeting, the premier event for educational technology professionals.

“I am delighted that Professor Hicks was selected as this year’s winner of the Bortz Prize,” stated Darin Fields, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Bethany College. “The pool of candidates for the prize was very robust. Her skills at integrating technology into her teaching and her leadership among her colleagues in promoting the effective use of technology in the classroom distinguish her among Bethany faculty.”

The winner of the 2010 Bortz Faculty Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom will be announced at the start of the 2010-2011 academic year.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.