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Texas A&M: McDonald to receive Transformational Teaching Award

Regents Professor, Dr. Tommy McDonald, of the Deptartment of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, has been selected as one of six Texas A&M faculty members who exemplify transformational learning. During the months of August through February, the Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M asked students to nominate a professor they felt exemplified transformational learning through their teaching. Students wrote essays giving evidence of and reflecting upon the professor’s impact on their lives. The criteria included challenging students to think in new ways, inspiring students to learn more deeply, supporting learning through transformation of educational experiences, and impact on students.

Dr. McDonald was nominated by Ms. Jillian Barthelemy, a senior public health major at the School of Public Health.

“Dr. McDonald has transformed the educational experience by finding ways to bring together course work from various disciplines in order for students to gain a better understanding of how they apply to public health,” Ms. Barthelemy said. “He offered me a job as a research assistant in his lab, and it was one of the biggest blessings of my college career. It was an opportunity to learn more about the research aspect of public health.”

Dr. McDonald will receive his award on March 19 at the 4th Annual “Aggies Celebrate Teaching! – Recognizing Transformational Learning” award reception. In addition to the reception, Dr. McDonald will receive a $1,500 professional development grant to help continue his development of transformational teaching, while Ms. Jillian Barthelemy will receive a $500 scholarship towards her education.

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