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Faculty Honored with 2021 Garnet Apple Innovative Teaching Award

The Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation honors the University of South Carolina’s most exceptional faculty who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to best teaching practices and an ongoing record of developing innovative strategies to enhance student learning in their courses. Six recipients received this year’s award and are to be commended for their accomplishments. These honorees will be profiled over the next few months in UofSC communications, with formal recognition at the Garnet Apple Awards Reception.

Tia Andersen

College of Arts and Sciences
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Associate Professor

Tia Andersen had a significant impact on the community through experiential learning opportunities, problem-based learning and team-learning experiences, specifically her work with at-risk youth and an adolescent mentoring program.

Tia Andersen

Patricia Fabel

College of Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Science
Clinical Associate Professor

Patricia Fabel emphasized community pharmacy practice and a team-based learning approach via distance education to stimulate and enhance student learning.

Patricia Fabel

Naomi Falk

College of Arts and Sciences
School of Visual Art and Design
Assistant Professor

Naomi Falk partnered with faculty from around the country to create a website to share innovative and relevant studio art open source resources.  She also collaborated with UofSC faculty in other disciplines for art projects.

Naomi Falk

Samuel McQuillin

College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology
Associate Professor and Director of School of Psychology Ph.D. Program

Samuel McQuillin used media and technology to increase engagement and empower service-learning and experiential learning opportunities for students. He also incorporated Diversity, Equity and Inclusion principles into his curriculum.

Samuel McQuillin

Brian Mihalik

College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management & Department of Sport & Entertainment
William McFall “Mac” Pearce Professor

Brian Mihalik integrated 360° video in his curriculum. His students are able to “visit” global tourism and Olympic legacy destinations via virtual technologies.

Brian Mihalik

Shanna Williams

UofSC School of Medicine – Greenville
Biomedical Sciences
Clinical Associate Professor

Shanna Williams created Anatomy Boot Camps (ABCs) – which combined reciprocal peer teaching with more traditional peer teaching. The ABC activities promote collaboration between 1st year medical school students and 4th year medical school students in creative and engaging ways.

Shanna Williams

The 2021 Garnet Apple Awards winners have successfully adapted and built upon cutting-edge best teaching practices in their courses. They have shown that they are highly creative and effective in developing new course materials, classroom methods or pedagogical approaches. We thank this year's winners for their contributions to the university.


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