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Grants and Awards

CETL facilitates and celebrates opportunities for faculty to be recognized for achievements in teaching. If you have received additional teaching awards and grants or would like to recognize a colleague who has, email this news at [email protected]


Educational Development Grants Available

The Senate Teaching and Learning Committee offers Educational Development Grants of up to $750 for conferences, materials, and other professional development costs related to teaching and learning. For more guidance on conferences to attend or other ways to develop and disseminate your teaching work (e.g. publications), reach out to CETL.

CETL Teaching Grant News

Kate Rougeau Presents Health Sciences Redesign During OER Week

In March 2023, Kate presented her and Emily Van Wasshenova’s major redesign of HS 2000 (Introduction to Health and Health Behaviors) to include more affordable, accessible, and engaging learning materials. Watch the presentation: Adopting OER Into a Large Multi-Section Course (23 minutes), from the Affordable Course Materials Initiative Presentations page.

OU journalism students contribute to Solutions News Bureau

As a result of Kate Roff and Holly Shreve Gilbert's teaching grant work on solutions-based journalism, they created the Solutions News Bureau for journalism students to publish their related projects. Read more about solutions journalism in Solutions Journalism: Covering news from a problem-solving lens.

Universal Design for Learning promoted in media studies

Based on her 2020 CETL Teaching Grant work, cinema studies professor Bridget Kies has implemented universal design for learning in her courses and scholarship. As a result, she served as the editor of the special issue Universal Design for Learning in the Media Studies Classroom for the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies: Teaching Media. She authored the Introduction and essay "Queering the Course Design."

Bridget discusses the themes of all essays in this special issue on the ThinkUDL Podcast.

Teaching with Care in Asynchronous, Online Courses: Article Publication

Based on her CETL teaching grant work, OU Libraries’ Katie Greer published “A pedagogy of care for information literacy and metaliteracy asynchronous online instruction” in the Journal of Academic Librarianship. She explored whether a pedagogy of care effectively be applied in the asynchronous online environment, and how prioritizing the affective domain of learning help support applying metaliteracy in practice. 

Teaching and Mentoring Awards

Each year the Oakland University Senate Teaching and Learning Committee honors faculty whose teaching efforts have achieved singular praise or recognition. 

Congrats 2024 Award Recipients!

We are happy to celebrate the student-centered work of these faculty. In Fall 2024 these faculty will be able to share their experience and advice in our Teaching in 10 Words series, along with nominations for the 2025 awards.

  • Teaching Excellence Award: Scott Tiegs
  • Excellence in Teaching Award: Mary Bee
  • Excellence in Online Teaching Award: Marshall Kitchens
  • Graduate Mentor Award: Jonathan Maisonneuve

2023 Teaching Excellence Award Winners

Taras Oleksyk, Teaching Excellence Award

A headshot of Taras OleksykTeaching was always an important part of Taras’ academic activity, and he has had college teaching experience for more than 25 years.  While a postdoc at the NIH, taught at various schools in Maryland including Johns Hopkins, Mount Saint Mary’s and Hood University.  Almost ten years of work as a professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, taught him a great deal about how to understand and engage students from underrepresented backgrounds.  Since joining Oakland University, he focused on adaptation of his Evolutionary Biology course to the local needs.  He has taught at least 9 different courses, and has been developed on-site, but during the Covid19 epidemic, some were adapted for teaching on-line only using distance-learning systems Moodle.   Finally, he mentored 14 graduate students, more than a hundred undergraduate students, many high school students, as well as foreign exchange students, and volunteered to teach immigrant kids.  In his lab, students are engaged in research, have shared authorship on papers, and received awards for their presentations.  More about Taras’ work.

Holly Greiner-Hallman, Excellence in Teaching Award

A headshot of Holly Greiner HallmanHolly Greiner-Hallman has been a Special Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences since 2010.  She earned her B.S. from Western Michigan University and is proud to have completed her M.S. here at Oakland University.  Holly teaches a broad range of courses to both STEM majors and non-majors.  From Biology I to the senior capstone experience, she employs the instructional method of scaffolding in order to create a safe environment for students to try new and challenging tasks.  Her primary scholarly interests are 1.) the identification and implementation of evidence-based tools to increase student success and 2.) helping students navigate the ‘hidden curriculum’ of the university experience.

Helena Riha, Online Teaching Excellence Award

A headshot of Helena RihaHelena Riha received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and her M.A. in Chinese Linguistics from The Ohio State University. She received her M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Dr. Riha has been at OU since 2008 and teaches as a Special Lecturer in the Linguistics Department and the International Studies Program. She has a broad range of teaching experience, designing and teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, in person and online. She has taught over 3,400 students in 17 different courses at OU ranging from Phonetic Theory to Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Asia, her newest General Education course. She has also written fourteen teaching tips for CETL Teaching Tips. Dr. Riha is the 2016 winner of the OU Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2023 winner of the Online Teaching Excellence Award. Contact Helena at [email protected].