CORTLAND, NY (05/14/2009) JoEllen Bailey, an associate professor of physical education at SUNY Cortland, will receive a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching during the 2009 Undergraduate Commencement on Saturday, May 16, in the Park Center.
She is among five SUNY Cortland faculty and staff members to be honored this year with a prestigious State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence. A second faculty member, Kathleen Lawrence, associate professor of communication studies, will also be recognized with a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The Chancellor's Award process begins at each of the 64 SUNY campuses with nominations submitted by the respective presidents. The SUNY Committee on Awards then reviews the nominations and makes its recommendations.
Bailey, of Dryden, N.Y., becomes the 50th SUNY Cortland faculty member to receive the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
A Physical Education Department faculty member at SUNY Cortland since 2002, she teaches teacher education courses in physical education at both the undergraduate and graduate level, supervises student teachers, coordinates physical education student teaching in Australia and facilitates master's student comprehensive examinations.
Her scholarly activity centers on teaching pedagogy; in particular, how to improve teacher education in physical education and the student teaching experience.
"Many faculty are knowledgeable regarding pedagogy, but I have never known anyone that can consistently and effectively apply that knowledge the way that JoEllen does," noted one colleague, a previous Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient. "She is a masterful and powerful teacher."
Colleagues praise her student-centered teaching philosophy that emphasizes multi-modal instruction, practical application of concepts and regular assessment of student learning.
"All students have the right to learn in an environment that is supportive and directed to their own learning style," Bailey wrote. "Students need a choice to bring personal meaning to their learning. Students want to feel a sense of belonging and be valued as a person. Students need to experience success through challenge."
Current and former students and colleagues continually describe Bailey as "effective," "organized," "accessible" and "caring" and note that she expects excellence and professionalism from her students, models it herself every day and works tirelessly with her students to achieve it.
"It is clear that she has created an environment in which students feel safe to take the academic risks important for their growth," the selection committee observed.
Her students engage in a variety of learning experiences: lectures, hands-on activities, oral presentations, appropriate application of technology and writing assignments.
"I find Bailey's instruction and presentation of the material to be stimulating and extremely effective," wrote one student on his experience in her statistics and assessment course. "She has the ability to keep each class interesting and the ability to bring out the best in each and every one of her students."
Faculty colleagues noted her dedication to mentoring students and colleagues.
"With Bailey one never feels discouraged or left without answers," commented one student in a letter to the committee.
"If students do poorly on formative assessments, I believe it is my responsibility to find a way to help them improve," Bailey explained.
"After graduating from SUNY Cortland four-and-a-half years ago, Bailey still has a lasting impact in my life and profession," a former student wrote. "Her positive character, support and enthusiasm are just a few strengths that make her stand out among her colleagues."
Bailey weaves her research in physical education pedagogy and assessment into her courses. Her work has been published in Research Quarterly and Strategies, two highly respected, peer-reviewed journals.
A native of Glenville, Minn., Bailey earned a doctorate in physical education pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado. She has a bachelor's degree in physical education with a minor in health education and coaching certification from Winona (Minn.) State University. Bailey also received a Master of Arts in Physical Education with emphasis in developmental adapted physical education from Mankato State University.