Kudos to Tessa Andrews, she receives a Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award
Tessa Andrews, OIBR Affiliate and assistant professor of genetics in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is one of two faculty members in the system to receive a Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award.
Dr. Andrews is a nationally recognized STEM education researcher who has established evidence-based strategies to engage her students and promote scientific thinking skills. She has redesigned introductory biology courses to make the course material more relevant to students by focusing on real-world problems such as antibiotic resistance and climate change. She uses small-group learning and other innovative teaching strategies to help students develop deep understanding.
Andrews, who joined the UGA faculty in 2013, has worked as a senior advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is a member of the steering committee of the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research. She has been a Center for Teaching and Learning Innovative Teaching Fellow, a Lilly Teaching Fellow and was a founding member of the Scientists Engaged in Education Research Center. Andrews also is part of a team of more than 100 UGA faculty who are engaged in a five-year, $3 million National Science Foundation grant-funded project that seeks to transform STEM education on campus and serve as a model for research universities across the nation.
Dr. Andrews received her award at the Regents’ Scholarship Gala earlier this month. The award also came with a $5,000 prize.