COH Faculty receive recognition at Faculty Development Awards Celebration

by Vicki Nechodomu  |   

coh faculty and staff

Numerous College of Health faculty and staff were recognized and received awards at the UAA 2021-2022 Faculty Development Award Celebration on April 1, 2022. The event was hosted by UAA’s Faculty Development and Instructional Support unit, a merger of CAFE, CCEL and AI&e, to celebrate the success of UAA’s faculty development initiatives and programs and the faculty and staff who share their time and expertise with their colleagues. The "Colleague Oh Wow!" or COW Awards are an amusingly-named set of annual honors that recognize serious contributions to faculty development efforts in a range of contexts and capacities. Congratulations to the following College of Health faculty!

Vanessa Meade
, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, received  a COW Award for generously leading many 8-week courses for faculty and students on mindfulness. During one of the most tumultuous times in UAA’s (and, indeed, the nation’s) history, these courses have served as sources of comfort, community, and connection for many members of the university community.  Some have focused on cultivating skills that allow us to stay centered, compassionate, calm and non-reactive in the face of stressful situations, while others taught ways to use mindfulness practices to advance the goals of anti-racism work at UAA and beyond.

Katie Walker, instructional designer (ID) with Clinical Health Sciences, was recognized for a wide range of contributions, from helping orient new IDs, spearheading projects on accessibility and tool evaluation, coordinating UAA’s program and statewide collaboration for Quality Matters, creating and updating critical information sources like the IT Core Tools webpage, testing functionality for Blackboard updates and other institution-wide tools, and developing resources for faculty to use across UAA. 

Britteny Howell, assistant professor in the Division of Population Health Scienceswas recognized for presenting a series of Lunch and Learns.

Carrie King, professor of Dietetics and Nutrition, and Rei Shimizu, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, were recognized for their work on the Effective Communication Core Competency.

Seta Kabranian, assistant professor in the Department of Human Services, was recognized for their published article, “Student Learning through the e-Portfolio Council for Standards” in Human Service Education Newsletter in December 2021, co-authored by Kabranian, S. and Wasko, P.

Brad Myrstol, professor and director of the Justice Center, was recognized for leading the Academic Leadership Forum for Chairs and Directors.

Britteny Howell, assistant professor in the Division of Population Health Sciences, was recognized for co-leading the Community Engaged Faculty Research Fellows Program, aimed at supporting faculty through an exchange of ideas and knowledge about partnership development, community engaged research methodologies, and research dissemination.

Robert Henderson, assistant professor in the Justice Center, was recognized for creating the open educational resources / zero texbook cost (OER/ZTC) course material: Legal Studies - Criminal Law, Alaska Edition.

The Consortium Library Affordable Course Materials Award (CLACMA) recognizes faculty for their exceptional impact on textbook affordability at UAA and APU. The list of 2022 CLACMA award winners included three College of Health faculty: 

  • Sharon Chamard, professor, Justice Center
  • Britteny Howellassistant professor, Division of Population Health Sciences
  • Leslie Redmond, assistant professor, Dietetics and Nutrition 

The Superachievers list recognizes faculty who attended more than ten professional development events throughout the academic year. College of Health Superachievers include: