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PR # 245 May 14, 2008


Melanie Morris of High Bridge, Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) assistant professor of Business Law, is a recipient of the 2008 Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology.

Morris was one of 40 faculty members honored last month by the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL). The ceremony, held April 16 in Jacksonville, Florida, honored faculty from across the U.S. and around the world for their innovative contributions to teaching and learning in higher education.

?This award is a way for us to recognize the highly creative contributions that are made day in and day out by outstanding teaching faculty in colleges and universities around the world,? said Jeana Davis, coordinator of the conference. ?It also provides a venue for them to share those ideas with their colleagues at other institutions?improving higher education teaching and learning opportunities for all of us.?

The award was based on Morris? work with learning contracts. Her conference presentation was titled ?Teaching with Learning Contracts: Binding Students to Success.?

Morris, a full-time faculty member in RVCC?s Business and Public Service Department, received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany; an M.B.A. from Temple University; and a J.D., cum laude, from The Temple University Beasley School of Law.

A complete list of this year?s award recipients can be found at the conference Website at www.teachlearn.org .

The International Conference on College Teaching and Learning was established in 1988 to promote the exchange of ideas to improve the teaching and learning process through innovative and effective uses of pedagogy and technology in higher education. Complete conference details are available online at www.teachlearn.org .

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers 90 associate degrees and certificates. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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