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Bethany Stone Receives Two National Teaching and Technology Awards

April 23, 2012

Portrait of Bethany Stone

Bethany Stone, associate professor of biological sciences

Columbia, MO — Bethany Stone, teaching associate professor of biological sciences, was presented with the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology and the Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology at the 23rd International Conference on College Teaching and Learning.

This is the second year in a row that a professor from the University of Missouri has claimed both awards. Last year, Elizabeth Baker, associate professor of literacy studies, received both awards.

“For our campus to receive both of these awards two years in a row is a really special honor for our campus as I believe it places MU among very few institutions in the world,” said Jim Spain, vice provost of undergraduate studies. Spain was one the campus committee who nominated Stone for the pair of awards.

“This is a result of the outstanding support we get on this campus for creative teaching practices and an overall service to the students,” said Stone.

Stone was one of eleven professors from across the nation nominated for the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology and one of five individuals from the United States and Canada nominated for the Boyer Award. While both awards honor creative teaching practices, the prestigious Boyer award recognizes a single outstanding faculty member who has expanded the boundaries of teaching, learning, and technology in higher education. Stone was selected by an international committee from the Teaching and Learning Organization. As winner of the Boyer Award, Stone received a $5000 cash prize presented by Pearson Higher Education.

Stone is recipient of several campus teaching awards, including the 2011 Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award, the 2011 William T. Kemper Fellow for Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2008 Mizzou 39 Outstanding Mentor Award, and the 2007 Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award.

Stone received the bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Missouri State University in 1996 and the doctorate degree in biological sciences from MU in 2001. She joined the faculty of the Division of Biological Sciences as a teaching professor in 2004. She teaches introductory biology classes and courses focused on botany, infectious diseases, and genetic disorders. She also does research on student misconceptions of biology and designs curricula that promote biological knowledge.


Written by: Melody Kroll

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Awards, Undergraduate Studies