2019 Loser-Savkar Fellow

The Loser-Savkar Faculty Professional Development Fellowship Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Loser-Savkar Fellow. Dr. Paula Rodgers, Associate Professor of Biology, requested support from the Loser-Savkar Faculty Professional Development Fellowship to research successful strategies for using collaborative learning in a hybrid classroom by participating in faculty peer-sharing opportunities and workshops. Dr. Rodgers will present her work on hybrid teaching at a national conference and will use the feedback from these various experiences to help her redesign the hybrid sections of her anatomy and physiology courses. Dr. Rodgers will incorporate what she has learned and researched about collaborative learning activities to improve student engagement and retention in her hybrid courses.

Dr. Rodgers joined NOVA as full-time Biology faculty member in 2011. She earned her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Maryland in 2010. Her pedagogical interests include an exploration of collaborative learning strategies which will help to “flip” her hybrid courses.

The $1,000 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, 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, and received the 2014 NOVA Presidential Sabbatical Award.

The call for proposals for the 2020 Loser-Savkar Faculty Professional Development Fellowship will open in Fall 2019. For more information, visit the Loser-Savkar Faculty Professional Development Fellowship website.

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