Neighborhood Well being and Biology Affiliate Professor named Laurier Educating Fellow

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier College has named Richelle Monaghan, vice-dean of the School of Science and affiliate professor of Neighborhood Well being and Biology, as its Educating Fellow for 2022. Monaghan is an award-winning trainer and mentor identified for incorporating progressive, participating studying experiences into her Biology, Neighborhood Well being and Well being Sciences programs.

The Laurier Educating Fellowship program honours school members who show distinctive contributions to instructing and studying and have established an exemplary document of instructional management throughout their division, program, school or campus.

“Richelle has constructed a repute for student-centred studying, particularly via the inventive studying methods she’s developed to assist college students be taught difficult materials,” mentioned Mary Wilson, vice-provost of Educating and Studying at Laurier. “Exterior the classroom, she research, teaches and mentors progressive instructing practices, elevating instructing excellence at Laurier within the course of. Along with her dedication to pedagogical scholarship, years of award-winning instructing expertise and unbelievable ardour for scholar success, we’re thrilled to call her the Educating Fellow for 2022.”

Monaghan not too long ago accomplished her Doctorate of Training within the instructional management in larger training subject at Western College, together with her dissertation specializing in how instructional leaders can help school members’ skilled growth in instructing and experiential studying. She additionally has a PhD in Biology from the College of Waterloo.

Monaghan has introduced and written peer-reviewed articles on associated matters, together with integrating arts into science studying, the usage of cellular biofeedback expertise in studying, and pedagogical approaches to instructing college students who’re blind or visually impaired. At Laurier, Monaghan has led skilled growth seminars via Educating and Studying, skilled tutorial instructors and mentored many school members.

As a professor, Monaghan is thought for her participating studying methods, which assist college students grasp ideas in anatomy and physiology. In her Human Anatomy and Physiology course, she has used Snapchat filters to assist college students be taught the muscle mass concerned in facial expressions. She additionally developed on-line movies utilizing a house recording studio and human skeleton mannequin to information college students via the musculoskeletal system. Monaghan usually makes use of a flipped classroom mannequin, via which college students be taught new content material at house, together with via recorded lectures, and use class time for workouts that deepen understanding.

“There may be nothing extra rewarding to me than with the ability to coach somebody via the discomfort of transformational studying and their recognition of the distinction of their before-and-after views,” mentioned Monaghan. “Since I train matters associated to human anatomy and physiology, transformational studying about their very own physique couldn’t be extra related and permits college students to be sturdy advocates for themselves and others. I really feel lucky to be amongst unbelievable educators and leaders within the sector at Laurier. It’s an honour to be acknowledged as a Educating Fellow.”

Monaghan beforehand gained the Laurier School Award for Educating Excellence (2017); the Sam Drogo Know-how within the Classroom Award (2020) and Gail Jenkins Educating and Mentorship Award (2017), each from the worldwide Human Anatomy and Physiology Society; and a number of other Laurier Benefit Awards (2016, 2017 and 2019).

She joins the next Laurier Educating Fellows: Affiliate Professor Edmund Pries (2019), Affiliate Professor Bruce Gillespie (2017), Affiliate Professor Kenneth Maly (2015), Affiliate Professor Gavin Brockett (2014), Professor Emeritus Deena Mandell (2014), Professor Eileen Wooden (2014), Affiliate Professor Steve MacNeil (2013) and retired Affiliate Professor Mercedes Rowinsky-Geurts (2013).

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