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.
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.