Victoria College science professor receives faculty enhancement award

William Coons

Dr. William Coons, a Victoria College professor and Science Department chair, was one of two professors selected to receive 2013 Faculty Enhancement Program Travel Awards from the Annual American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators.

Winning the awards entitles Coons and Dr. Robin Hulbert, a professor at Mission College in Santa Clara, Calif., to receive one-year Society memberships and funding to attend the conference. They will be formally recognized at the conference, scheduled for May 16-19 at the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center in Englewood, Colo.

The Faculty Enhancement Program Travel Award recognizes leaders in biology education and provides them with opportunities to learn research and teaching developments, practice new technologies and techniques, and connect with other educators and researchers by attending ASMCUE. Awardees are educators who teach microbiology at two- or four-year institutions with large percentages of historically excluded and underrepresented students and are selected based on their leadership capacity, commitment to improving teaching, and dedication to participating in education and outreach programs, among other criteria.

Sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology Committee on Undergraduate Education, a committee of the ASM Education Board, ASMCUE is an interactive, four-day conference where educators learn and share the latest information about microbiology and biology as well as their most effective teaching strategies. Participants engage in formal and informal small group discussions among colleagues who are all focused on the same goal — improving teaching and learning in the biological sciences.

Published: Friday, 05 April 2013

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