Department of CSD: CSD’s Amy Lower wins top award for faculty engagement at Spring 2017 Assessment Poster Exhibit
Pictured: Amy Lower is congratulated by UHM Vice Chancellor for Research Dr. Michael Bruno, at the Assessment for Curricular Improvement’s Spring 2017 Assessment Poster Exhibit
Faculty member Amy Lower of the Communications Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department won the “Best Faculty Engagement Strategies” title at the Spring Poster competition sponsored by the Assessment for Curricular Improvement office at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM).
Graduates in the JABSOM-based CSD Master’s Program are speech-language pathologists who work in the community in hospitals and schools. The program has successfully trained speech-language pathologists since 1945, and even its most current curriculum map was showing its age. Lower said her goal was to bring more clarity to the curriculum process, and she described how she went about that in her poster titled, “Use of a Weighted Curriculum Map for Programmatic Improvements in Communication Sciences and Disorders.”
Lower began by meeting with each instructor to learn their thoughts. “We started seeing there was some overlap in some of the courses,” Lower explained, finding that some of the redundant courses might better be consolidated, allowing other instructors to potentially provide additional courses, and different learning opportunities, for CSD students.
Lower says the process was helpful to faculty “in thinking programmatically about how their course is not jut an individual course but it builds upon and helps our students in their overall learning.”
Watch the video from UH where Lower discusses her presentation.