Brantz Award

The Rennie W. Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in the First Year Seminar

The Rennie W. Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in the First Year Seminar honors a First Year Seminar instructor who demonstrates exemplary teaching and has made an impact on student lives in the First Year Seminar classroom.

Examples of Outstanding Teaching in FYS may include:

  -Enthusiasm in the classroom.
  -Evidence of innovation in pedagogy
  -Creation of a safe and open space in the classroom where students are free to take intellectual risks and form meaningful relationships.
  -Demonstrated competence and expertise in the subject matter of the course.
  -Connection of learning in the classroom to the life of the broader community.

Eligible candidates: any faculty member who taught UCO 1200, HON 1515, or WGC 1103 in Spring 2012, Summer 2012, or Fall 2012. In order to nominate a colleague, please send the nominee's name, e-mail address, and a brief statement of the reasons for your nomination to Kristin Hyle, chair of the University College Awards Committee.

2016 Brantz Award Recipient

Skip RackmillSkip Rackmill (pictured right) received the Rennie W. Brantz Award for Outstanding Teacher in the First Year Seminar, which honors an instructor who demonstrates exemplary teaching and has made an impact on students. Rackmill teaches a seminar on Eastern Asian Martial Arts, holds a third degree black belt in Aikido and brings his knowledge of the historical and political context of Korea, China and Japan to the classroom. Read the full story at University News.

Previous Brantz Award Recipients

Rebecca Keeter 2015

Trent Margrif 2014

Bud Gerber 2013

Michael Behrent 2012

Jim Street 2011

Elaine Gray 2010

Jeff Goodman 2009

Nick Rudisill 2008

Beth Marsh 2007

Debbie Marshall 2006

Debbie Poulos 2005

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located on the main floor of Anne Belk Hall, room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Faculty Coordinator of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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