Faculty Spotlight

We are extremely proud of the faculty at Tennessee Tech and appreciate all they do to make this university one of the best! We would like to recognize some of those faculty.

View the Faculty Hall of Fame 

CITL So You Think You Can iLearn Course Design Competition 

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning held the first annual "So You Think You Can iLearn" course design competition this year. The competition scored participants on their course design in iLearn based on the OLC 

Dr. Beach presents Don Sowers with award.

Course Design Rubric. Participants from across campus submitted their iLearn courses and the CITL Team reviewed them to select a winner. The winner of the inaugural "So You Think You Can iLearn" competition is, Don Sowers! 

View the winner announcement and participant highlight video

Faculty Game-Changer Award 

The Game-Changer Award is awarded to an individual who models and practices the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and is invested in true educational change that is both impactful and scalable. The Faculty Game-Changer is who will continue to help move our institution forward through educational practices which support our University Strategic Plan of TN Tech Tomorrow.

2019 Faculty Game-Changer Award

The inaugural Game-Changer Award recipient is Dr. Mark Melichar. Dr.

Dr. Bedelia Russell presenting award to Dr. Mark Melichar

Melichar is an Assistant Professor in the College of Business and Department of Economics, Finance and Marketing. He is a macroeconomist specializing in time series econometrics and energy. Much of his research focuses on the U.S. state level and regional response to energy price shocks. He has taught classes in Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Money & Banking, The Economics of Sports and MBA International Experience. The award was presented at the 2019 Spring Workshop: The Missing Link where Dr. Melichar and two other presenters talked about aspects of teaching and learning that may be forgotten, overlooked, or undervalued. 

He was chosen to receive this award for his interest in economic education and his use of popular media such as clips from movies, television shows, and music to help students make a deeper and longer lasting connection with course material. He developed a web site called Econ Gone Country where he shows examples of economics in country music. Each video has information about the song including title, artist and lyrics. It also includes the economic concept and details about the concept throughout the song.

Example of Dr. Melichar's web site

Example view of a video on Econ Gone Country





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