Fulbright chosen for Ozarka Faculty of the Year Award
Joanna Fulbright, Ozarka College English Instructor, has received the 2015 Faculty of the Year award. Fulbright, who has been teaching at Ozarka College since the fall semester of 2001, was also a recipient of this award in 2009.
"I always like to try new things. This semester, I tried a new way of giving students feedback," said Fulbright. "After students submitted their rough drafts, I read each paper and returned an audio file with comments and suggestions. After listening to the file, students edited as they chose and submitted the final draft for grading." Fulbright would then grade the papers on an iPad, using different colors for different types of comments.
Fulbright also uses video presentation software, both to provide instructional videos and to enable students to showcase their own online presentations. She has been intrigued by the responsiveness of her students to various instructional techniques.
"Joanna continues to seek innovative ways to teach students writing skills," said Chris Lorch, Ozarka College Associate Vice President of Academics. "Her election as faculty of the year is a testament to the effectiveness of her efforts."
"Students want to learn. As educators, we have to find as many ways as possible to reach them," Fulbright adds.
When she's not in the classroom, Joanna Fulbright enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband, Marty, have two children: Carson and Clayton. The family enjoys geocaching and is active with their local 4-H club.