Rutgers School of Public Health associate dean for academic affairs, Dr. Laura Liang, has received the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award from the New Jersey Health Foundation. Dr. Liang, a dedicated assistant professor of social and behavioral health sciences, earned this honor by displaying excellence in public health pedagogy across all age groups. Her award comes at a critical time in our country’s history as we recognize the growing importance of public health and look to the next generation of highly skilled practitioners, researchers, and educators to lead the way.
While instructing both graduate and undergraduate students, Dr. Liang ensures that students have an understanding of the relevancy of their coursework in the context of a modern community. She actively cultivates a positive and active learning environment that is a safe space for students to share ideas, take risks, and learn with and from one another using pedagogy techniques proposed by Drs. Lev Vygotsky, Jean Piaget, Howard Gardner, and other leading educators and cognitive science researchers.
Dr. Liang’s commitment to education is not limited to college students or even the academic year. This summer, she is running the Rutgers School of Public Health’s first ever summer camp for high school students, PHocus (Public Health: Outbreaks, Communities, and Urban Studies) – an interdisciplinary educational experience that allows students to explore population health and learn the fundamentals of epidemiology, the basic science of public health.
“I have always been committed to developing curricular programs for K-12th grade, undergraduate, and graduate education using the best science on how people learn and to be recognized for excellence in teaching is a true honor and privilege,” comments Dr. Liang.
The Rutgers School of Public Health congratulates Dr. Liang.