During a special pinning ceremony held virtually via Zoom on Southern State’s Central campus, six college educators were recognized for earning their ACUE certification in Effective Online Teaching Practices.
Organized and directed by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), these educators have earned a nationally recognized teaching license through a rigorous training process provided by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) Success Center.
Southern State educators who successfully completed the program include Jason Sharrett, Adjunct Instructor of History and Distance Education Support Specialist of Hillsboro, Highland County; dr Joshua Montgomery, Associate Professor of Computer Science, of Greenfield, Highland County; Bob Krauss, math teacher, of Winchester, Adams County; Alice Richmond, English Assistant Teacher, of Mt. Orab, Brown County; Travis Martin, Associate Professor of Accounting, of Wilmington, Clinton County; and Jamie Harmount, Adjunct Instructor of Education, of Greenfield, Highland County.
“I am pleased that Southern State supports exceptional professional development opportunities for our faculty,” said Dr. Erika Goodwin, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “ACUE is a national certification that is a 25-week graduate-level program that provides equivalent coursework. This certification serves to significantly improve the quality and skills of our faculty’s online teaching, and therefore the experience of our students taking online courses,” she said.
ACUE equips educators with effective and equity-enhancing teaching practices that can be immediately implemented with students to enhance learning and academic success. These practices are combined with stackable micro-badges. Data has shown that ACUE-certified faculty retain more students, measurably improve student performance and close equality of opportunity gaps.
dr Goodwin continued, “Nearly 50 percent of our classes are now online or virtual. In this 24/7 world, colleges need to be flexible and offer course options that fit a variety of lifestyles. Online options are proving to be popular and convenient for our students. I appreciate and thank our faculty for choosing this certification.”
A new training cohort is currently underway at ACUE and SSCC has enrolled five new educators in the program.
From left are: Dr. Erika Goodwin, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Jason Sharrett, Adjunct Instructor of History and Distance Education Support Specialist; dr Joshua Montgomery, Associate Professor of Computer Science; Bob Krauss, lecturer in mathematics; Alice Richmond, English Assistant Teacher; and dr Nicole Roades, President. Not pictured are Associate Professor of Accounting Travis Martin and Adjunct Instructor of Education Jamie Harmount.