Awards University College Educator Receives Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars Award

Indianapolis, IN    (January 2011) —IUPUI University College is proud to recognize David J. Sabol as the first recipient of the Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars Award. Sabol is a Senior Lecturer, Department of English and University College; Academic Coordinator for Learning Communities, University College; Co-Director, IUPUI Summer Bridge Program; and University College Coordinator, IUPUI Summer Success Academy.

The Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars Award was created in order to stimulate, encourage, and reward outstanding contributions to the advancement of teaching first-year seminars. Nominees must display evidence of excellence in three categories: develops success in the classroom and beyond, develops students’ personal strategies, and incorporates innovation in teaching. 

Nominees may also display excellence in the development of critical and analytical thinking, fostering student involvement in the community, and/or supporting effective utilization of campus resources.

Sabol was chosen from a group of 26 by a national panel composed of members and former members of the Advisory Board of the National Resource Center, past outstanding first-year student advocates, and other leaders in American higher education.

“While I am being honored for my work with helping entering students transition into IUPUI, this award is in fact a confirmation of the excellent work being done collectively for entering students at IUPUI,” Sabol said. 

The award will be presented to Sabol at the 2011 Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience on February 7, 2011. 

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