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Faculty & Staff Honors

East Tennessee Faculty Selected for POGIL Project 2017 Early Achievement Award

Dr. Patrick Brown, assistant professor in the department of health sciences within the East Tennessee State University College of Public Health, has been named a 2017 Early Achievement Award winner by POGIL Project.  POGIL stands for Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning, a student-centered, group-learning instructional strategy and philosophy developed through research on how students learn best.  A copy of the press release is available on the POGIL website.

[Photo: Dr. Patrick Brown]

The award, given to one post-secondary and one secondary winner honors POGIL practitioners who are new to The Project and who have distinguished themselves by advancing the goals of The Project and who have an exceptional level of enthusiasm for active learning.  Other criteria include leadership in The Project, active participation in disseminating the POGIL pedagogy, and other service to The Project, such as workshop facilitation, authorship of activities, and participation in grant proposals.

“Winning the PEACH award is very special because the winners aren’t chosen by our students or our peers, but by our mentors,” says Dr. Brown in the release. “It is a wonderful feeling to have the acclaim of the people who taught me not just about POGIL, but about how to be a transformative educator.”

Dr. Brown was introduced to POGIL through his wife, Dr. Stacy Brown a faculty member in the Gatton College of Pharmacy.  He subsequently attended a three-day POGIL workshop, and then began writing POGIL activities for anatomy and physiology.  He has been awarded both the College of Public Health Foundation Teaching Award and the ETSU Distinguished Faculty in Teaching Award.  He is also the author of Anatomy and Physiology: a Guided Inquiry.