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Teachers’ Corner Annual Teaching Awards

Professor Francisco Villarruel awarded the Great Plains IDEA Faculty Fellowship Award for 2011

 SRA member Francisco (“Chico”) Villarruel, Human Development & Family Science professor at Michigan State University, has won a prestigious award from the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA). The Great Plains IDEA is a group of 16 accredited universities that offer online bachelor and graduate degrees in the agricultural and human sciences, of which Michigan State University (MSU) is a member institution. Dr. Villarruel received the 2011 Faculty Fellowship Award for his work mentoring students using distance education technologies. MSU offers the Master of Arts in Youth Development and graduate certificate programs in youth development through this alliance. The GPIDEA program is an outstanding example of collaboration to offer online academic programs that draw on the expertise of faculty from partner institutions. Dr. Villarruel is an innovative teacher and researcher who has made vital and essential contributions to this master’s degree and certificate programs, and is a most worthy recipient of the Great Plains IDEA Faculty Fellowship Award for 2011.

Link to Dr. Villarruel’s award:

A short video clip of the award presentation:


Stephanie D. Madsen received the Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award for inspired classroom work and dedication to students May 1, 2011, at McDaniel College’s Honors Convocation. An Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Honors Program, Dr. Madsen teaches Developmental Psychology, Adolescent Development,  and honors seminars on Development and Interpersonal Relationships and Attachment Relationships. Her graduate advisor, Dr. Andy Collins (past president of SRA), has been recognized as a master teacher himself and was always very supportive of Dr. Madsen’s desire to teach at a small liberal arts college when she was a graduate student. Most recently, Dr. Madsen has included a service-learning component in her Adolescent Development class. Students either work directly with teens in community programs, or they conduct research to support the needs of community organizations that work with youth (e.g., creating an annotated bibliography to support grant-writing or designing and implementing an assessment program). Dr. Madsen views service-learning as a wonderful way to bring course concepts to life and to allow her students to consider how developmental pathways might differ for youth growing up in contexts other than their own. Her research concerns how parents manage the romantic relationships of their adolescent and emerging adult children, and so it has been very easy to get students involved in her research. Dr. Madsen notes that having regular research meetings with her students keeps herself on task with her research, as her students are always eager to move on to the next step. She has taken groups of students to several SRA meetings to present their research, and finds attending SRA to be very welcoming and a rich experience. The award provides a $5,000 honorarium for the faculty recipient and a matching fund for ongoing professional and scholarly development. For more information regarding the award:


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Dr. Stephanie D. Madsen,

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