Susan Shadle loves to teach.
“As long as I have known her, Dr. Shadle has been dedicated to helping students reach their academic and professional aspirations,” said Stephen Broyles, a student and former teaching assistant.
The Boise State University chemistry professor is the university’s 10th honoree as Idaho Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
In large-enrollment classes, Shadle creates “neighborhoods” of 25 students with a peer mentor. The groups are designed to get them to see the world as a chemist.
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“Susan not only prepares the daily activities, but she also recruits, trains and coordinates a small army of undergraduate teaching assistants who are needed to help facilitate the small-group activities,” Don Warner, a fellow chemistry professor, said in a letter nominating Shadle.
Shadle also is director of Boise State’s Center for Teaching and Learning, which provides professors with new approaches to instruction, including ways to get students more involved in their learning. She took the job in 2006, on the condition she could also keep teaching.
“I care about student success and I care about their learning,” she said. “It would feel awkward to me not to be on the ground myself.”
Shadle has been at Boise State since 1996.
Other Boise State honorees
Heidi Reeder, communication, 2007; Alicia Garza, Spanish, 2003; Todd Shallat, history, 2002; John Freemuth, political science, 2001; Russell Centanni, biology, 2000; Pam Gehrke, nursing, 1999; Stephanie Witt, political science, 1998; Greg Raymond, political science, 1994; Tom Trusky, English, 1993, 1991 and 1990.