Math instructor Jared Daniels and sociology instructor Shelley Brown each received Tennessee Tech University’s General Education Award for Outstanding Teaching.
The award recognizes exemplary teaching in introductory-level general education courses and is given annually.
Daniels has been teaching a class or two every semester since 2011 at TTU after the school day is done at DeKalb County High School, where he teaches math full time. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 2005 and his master’s degree in 2007, both in mathematics from TTU.
“He is always willing to work extra with students who are eager to learn, as during my last semester of high school, when he spent an extra hour most days working with me and preparing me not only for the AP exams, but for the extent of my mathematical career thus far,” said Jacob Parsley, freshman math student from Smithville. “I anticipate his effort and expertise paying off for much longer yet.”
Daniels routinely teaches large lecture classes of more than 100 students. Even with that many seats in the class, there are almost always waiting lists to get into his classes, according to Satya Narimetla, TTU math instructor.
“I can say, with utmost certainty, that I would not be doing what I am today, learning what I am today, perhaps not even at the wonderful school that I am at today, without the influence of Mr. Jared Daniels,” Parsley said. “For that I am thankful, as I plan on pursuing math up to the Ph.D. and professorship level.”
Brown has been teaching sociology at TTU for several years. In that time, in addition to teaching between three and five courses every semester, she has begun Mix It Up At Lunch, an annual event that encourages students and others on campus to think about issues relating to diversity and to try new things. Students in her introduction to sociology class help to organize the event.
“I was a student in that class and can testify that Mrs. Brown went above and beyond her duties as a professor to make sure that we understood what we were being taught,” said Morgan Coffey, a sophomore sociology student from Friendsville. “She knows exactly how to teach you without you even realizing that you are being taught. In her course, I felt like I was doing something that I loved and could not wait to continue.”