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Past Winners of the Teacher of the Week

Carol Bailey


The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) recognizes Carol Bailey, associate professor of Sociology, for her dedication to learning-centered teaching in both small and large classes alike.

Associate Professor Carol A. Bailey abides by a learning-centered pedagogy. When preparing for each class she asks three questions: what do I want the students to learn today, how do today's learning objectives connect to the course objectives, and what can I have students do in class that will help them develop these skills? The result is that she rarely lectures and spends most of the class time having students complete worksheets or participating in other learning activities. She has taught over 20 different courses, including a section of Introductory Sociology with 596 students. Her average teaching score over the last ten years is 3.86.
Her involvement in the graduate program is extensive, having chaired or served on over 100 graduate committees. She created and teaches the graduate course, Sociological Issues in College Pedagogy. Her contributions to teaching beyond the classroom include such things as being Director of the University Writing Program, publishing research that contributes to the scholarship of teaching and learning, receiving grants related to teaching, authoring two textbooks, and being an invited speaker at national and international conferences.

Bailey has received the university-wide William E. Wine Award for Teaching Excellence and the Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence, two Certificates of Teaching Excellence from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, five E. Gordon Erickson Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching awards, and five Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Awards from the Department of Sociology. She is a recipient of an Excellence in Access and Inclusion Award given by Virginia Tech Services for Students with Disabilities and was chair of the Academy of Teaching Excellence.

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