The Metroversity consortium gives the awards to encourage and reward the best in instructional development in the member colleges and universities. Each winner receives a monetary prize and is asked to participate in a Metroversity symposium on “Excellence in Teaching.”

The overall winner is:

Jasmine Farrier, associate professor of political science, for her proposal, “Constitutional Thinking.”

“This is the rare proposal in that it is engaging to read by itself, without even thinking about its purpose for this competition,” said one judge of her proposal. “There is a sophisticated interplay between students needing to know ‘stuff’ (e.g., what the Constitution says) and how to think and interact with one another (e.g., critical thinking).”

The other winners, in no particular order, are:

Kiki Petrosino, assistant professor of English, for her proposal, “Moby Dick as Anthology.

“I would love to take this course myself, since it deliberately pulls students from all disciplines in an interactive format,” said one judge.

Sherri Wallace, associate professor of political science, for “Using Community Based Learning Methods to Teach Diversity Politics and Policy.”

The judges were impressed by “the project-based CBL component and its incorporation into this capstone for seniors.”

Carrye Wilkins and Cathy Leist, representing REACH and Undergraduate Affairs, for “Proposal for Special Topics in College Mathematics: GEN 104.”

“This course emphasizes competency and attempts to restructure mathematics curriculum for students who may need the most assistance,” said one judge. “My own institution faces similar challenges and has instituted similar measures, so I’m empathetic to this situation and admire this potential solution.”

Besides UofL, Kentuckiana Metroversity member institutions are Bellarmine University, Indiana University Southeast, Jefferson Community and Technical College, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spalding University.