2018 Loser-Savkar Fellow

The Loser-Savkar Faculty Professional Development Fellowship Committee is very pleased to announce the recipient of the 2018 Loser-Savkar Fellow – Dr. Yuemin He, professor of English. Dr. He requested support from the Loser-Savkar Faculty Professional Development Fellowship to research learning-based syllabi vs. traditional content-based syllabi. Dr. He plans to develop specific ways to create learning-focused syllabi to transform teaching via active learning. Dr. He will spend the year learning and gathering ideas to implement the learning-focused syllabi pedagogy. Some of the questions she plans to answer include the following:

  • How can we educators use the syllabi as a pedagogical tool for socialization with students?
  • How do we balance the syllabi to build a positive academic atmosphere and fulfill institutional requirements?
  • What can we do to make the syllabi exemplary for student learning?
  • Can the College develop some standard practices in learning-focused syllabi construction, file sharing, and information exchange?
  • Can we study the syllabi as a scholarship of teaching and learning?

Dr. He plans to study the practices of peers in the English discipline and across other disciplines.

Dr. He joined NOVA as full-time English faculty member in 2004. She earned a Ph.D. in English from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. One of her pedagogical pursuits focuses on employing the interdisciplinary, intercultural and interregional approach to enhance the reading, writing and critical thinking ability of college students.

The Loser-Savkar Faculty Professional Development Fellowship was established by Reva A. Savkar and Robert C. Loser to promote better faculty teaching and student learning. Professor Savkar and Professor Loser hold emeriti status at NOVA. Professor Savkar is a pioneer in online teaching; she developed the first online college chemistry courses in the US and received the 2013 VCCS Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Professor Loser is a pioneer in NOVA’s use of online technologies, teaching strategies and course design. He received the 2014 NOVA Presidential Sabbatical Award.

The next call for proposals to the Loser-Savkar Faculty Professional Development Fellowship will open in August 2018. For more information, visit the Loser-Savkar Faculty Professional Development Fellowship website.

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