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Ramsdell receives excellence in teaching award

BOONE—Carla Ramsdell has received the Faculty Award for Excellence in General Education teaching from University College at Appalachian State University. She is a lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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The Faculty Award for Excellence in General Education Teaching is presented to a part-time or full-time faculty member who is not on the tenure track at Appalachian. The award recognizes innovative and committed teaching in the General Education Program. It comes with a $1,000 stipend that may be used for travel, equipment or other approved purposes for enhancement of the faculty member’s teaching and/or scholarship or creative activity.

Ramsdell was called a dynamic and engaging instructor who “makes a point of relating what the students are studying to their everyday lives. The latter is especially important as this will be the only exposure to science for many of her students,” according to one nominator.

“The time and effort she puts in to making her general education lectures accessible and engaging to students goes above and beyond the average teacher,” wrote another nominator.

“Carla has her students present short projects that link their hobbies and interests to physics. The class loves them and it strongly encourages creativity, which is not always encouraged in freshman level science courses. Activities like this are what stick with the students once
the class is done.”

Ramsdell has taught in the Department of Physics and Astronomy since fall 2008. A mechanical engineer, she was a resident engineer responsible for analysis and design of HVAC systems for large residential and light commercial projects for Building Performance Engineering in Boone from 2004-08. She also worked in various engineering projects for Siemens Westinghouse Power Generation in Florida from 1991 to 2003.