Past Winners of the Teacher of the Week
The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) recognizes Susan Day, assistant professor of Horticulture, for engaging all of her students by getting them out of their chairs and working on problems and activities together.
Dr. Day teaches undergraduate courses in Horticulture and a graduate class, FOR 5474 Advanced Studies in Urban Forest Ecosystems, in Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation. HORT 3644 (Landscape Establishment and Management), a required class for Landscape Contracting majors, and HORT 2134 (Plants and Greenspaces in Urban Communities), a CLE Area 3 class, are both taught in the new Scale-UP classrooms that feature round tables and wall-to-wall white boards that allow students and faculty freedom of movement and a comfortable place to work in groups. Dr. Day makes use of these facilities to keep students engaged. Her teaching style helps students practically apply what they learn in her courses.
Dr. Day gives frequent guest lectures on urban forestry and sustainable landscapes. In the past she has also taught Urban Forestry & Arboriculture and Urban Forest Management and Policy. She has a split appointment between her home department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation and the Department of Horticulture.
Students in her classes have this to say about her classes:
"I loved being able to use the knowledge gained in class and videos in lab. The tree training exercises were the best!
We had hands on activities in class. We were also able to actually do the things that we were being taught.
Really enjoyed this class - everything about it. I wish all horticulture classes were as engaging and refreshing as this one."