PCOM Honors Innovative Teachers of 2017June 30, 2017
Dr. Jessica Kendorski
PCOM recently honored two faculty members for their innovative approach to education
with the 2017 Innovative Teacher Award: Jessica Kendorski, PhD, associate professor, psychology, and Lori Redmond, PhD, associate professor, anatomy.
As director of the MS Program in School Psychology, Dr. Kendorski championed the development of PCOM’s first accredited online certificate
program for Applied Behavioral Analysis, which launched in 2016. She envisioned, promoted
and supported the program, working with many constituents in offices and departments
across the College. The program has grown such that an additional offsite cohort was
needed to accommodate more students. That began in winter 2017. Since its launch,
the online certificate program has become a model for online education at PCOM.
Dr. Kendorski also established a unique business model for the ABA certification program,
partnering with organizations that support individuals with autism and other developmental
disabilities, to train their employees in order to provide professional development
and improve services to their clients.
“This was a complete collective team effort involving a group of amazing and talented
professionals across the entire PCOM organization,” said Dr. Kendorski. “I am very
proud of the program we have created, and its potential to educate outstanding behavior
analysts who help support and provide services to children and families.”
Read more here about GA-PCOM's honor of Dr. Redmond.
Award winners were selected on three criteria: (1) the degree to which the innovation
varied from standard teaching methods, (2) the level of active engagement for the
learners, and (3) sustainability of the teaching method.
The winners were chosen by a diverse committee on each campus, led by Erik Langenau, DO, chief academic technology officer and associate professor, family medicine. The
nominating committee also wished to recognize the innovations of several other faculty
- Mircea Anghelescu, MD, assistant professor, pathology: for using online weekly cumulative quizzes and formative feedback.
- Denah Appelt, PhD, professor, neuroscience, physiology and pharmacology: for engaging learners in a novel
- Vishakha Bhave, PharmD, assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences: for developing a learner-centered approach
to the instruction of toxicology.
- Pete Bidey, DO ’08, MEd, assistant professor, family medicine, for his problem-based coffee hour with students.
- Jeffery Branch, EdD, assistant professor, psychology and program director, ODL: for coordinating numerous
educational activities and novel business partnerships, bringing PCOM and communities
- Scott Glassman, PsyD ’13, clinical assistant professor, psychology and associate director, MS in mental health
counseling: for his novel interprofessional approach to teaching motivational interviewing
with the use of standardized patients.
- Edo-Abasi McGee, PharmD, assistant professor, pharmacy practice: for her multimedia approach to pharmacy
“We congratulate this year’s Innovative Teacher of the Year recipients, and we look
forward to seeing what great innovations emerge during the 2017-2018 academic year,”
said Dr. Langenau. “We urge them—and our entire faculty—to keep innovating and sharing
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