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Past Winners of the Teacher of the Week

Anthony Cobb


The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) recognizes Anthony Cobb, associate professor of Management, for the way he develops self-managed student project teams to take on extremely difficult class assignments on their own.

One example of Dr. Cobb’s use of self-managed student teams is in his senior management course: Productivity and Quality Leadership. After teaching his student teams how to use project management tools and techniques, they learn how to conduct total quality project interventions on their own. They then go on to actually conduct total quality interventions in “real world” organizations. In the past, student project teams have had to develop their own clients. More recently, Dr. Cobb has worked with VT Engage: The Community Learning Collaborative to develop student learning partnerships with non-profit organizations in the region. Dr. Cobb believes that the majority of his students crave to be challenged -- to have the opportunity to develop themselves to their fullest potential, and then test themselves against high standards and challenging goals they see as relevant to their lives and professions.

Dr. Cobb’s student evaluations routinely rate his classes as among the most difficult they have taken at Virginia Tech, but also as some of the most valuable and rewarding.

Dr. Cobb has won the Certificate of Teaching Excellence, the Diggs Teaching Scholar Award, the Warren L. Holtzman Outstanding Educator Award (twice), and Chi Omega Sorority’s Teacher of the Year Award. His book, “Leading Project Teams: The Basics of Project Management and Team Leadership,” published by Sage, is in its second edition.

Alongside presentations from other 2012 Diggs Teaching Scholars, Dr. Cobb will be presenting his approach to student project teams at the Diggs Round Table at the Inn at Virginia Tech on Wednesday, October 17th at 6:30 p.m.

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