UTPA recognizes five professors for their innovative teaching styles
By Julia Benitez Sullivan, Director of University Rel
Posted: 02/15/2000
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EDINBURG – The University of Texas-Pan American has awarded $2,200 grants to five faculty members who are using state-of-the-art technology and resources to educate their students.

The professors – Dr. David Sturges in the Department of Management, Marketing, and International Business; Dr. Stella Behar in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature; Dr. Wig DeMoveille in the Department of Accounting and Business Law; Dr. Irma Marini in the Rehabilitative Services Program; and Dr. Robert Reeve in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction – are the first recipients of the University of Texas-Pan American Technology in Teaching Awards.

Each has been credited with expanding the horizons of teaching through the application of technology in the classroom. In order to qualify for the award, the faculty members were required to demonstrate that they have integrated at least three forms of technology in teaching; that they have consistently taught in high tech classrooms; and that they have strived to actively develop ITV, web-based, videotape, audio or teleconference courses.

Sturges, an associate professor of management, has used the World Wide Web to supplement his lectures since 1995. He has incorporated PowerPoint presentations with Quick Time video and audio into his Internet class notes and has also been involved in teaching through Interactive Television. He has worked at UTPA for more than 10 years.

Behar, an associate professor of French since 1993, said introducing new technologies in her curriculum has been a priority of hers for many years. She uses films, songs and music, excerpts of television programs from news or cultural broadcasts in her classes and has used computerized techniques to enhance writing skills and the Internet with links to French Web sites in her teaching.

DeMoveille, a professor of accounting for 11 years, said one of his accounting courses is taught entirely on-line. He established a bulletin boards to communicate with students in 1990, then moved into Internet when it became more accessible in 1992. His Web site includes PowerPoint presentations, lass outlines and other text-based materials to help explain or amplify various accounting techniquesl. He uses a virtual office for students to send him e-mails and assignments and has used e-mail as a teaching technique. He began developing courses at the UT Telecampus and The University of Texas-Pan American Center for Distance Learning this fall.

Marini, an associate professor and graduate coordinator for rehabilitative services, has integrated various forms of technology into his classrooms, both to impart information and to teach students how to use technology.

In the course, Case Management in Rehabilitation, Marini integrated PowerPoint presentations, e-mail, World Wide Web, computer software programs and video-tapes of students working as teaching tools. He is currently developing the university’s first Web-based course in medical aspects. Marini has been with the university since 1996.

Reeve, chair of the department of curriculum and instruction, is responsible for the Interactive Classroom and Laboratory where students present information, events and ideas derived, modified and stored from mass media and technology communication systems consisting of print, audio, visual, video, computer and internet materials from the Web. The lab provides an alternative to the dependency on teacher-talk and textbooks for information, he said.

By rewarding the energy and creativity demonstrated by the five award recipients, the university hopes the professors will continue to create inventive and modern teaching lessons while sharing their knowledge and expertise with others in their respective departments and colleges.

The awards will be funded during the spring 2000 semester and summer session.