Innovation in Education Awards go to seven Pitt faculty

The Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence has selected seven Pitt faculty members for the 2023 Innovation in Education Awards.

The awards recognize faculty for projects that enhance teaching at Pitt and foster new instructional approaches and techniques to advance student learning. The awards were open to all full- and part-time faculty members at all Pitt campuses.

While proposals were encouraged across a broad spectrum of ideas and projects, this year's call also encouraged faculty to explore ideas that focus on experiential or active learning to support an equitable and inclusive learning environment or technology-enhanced learning.

2023 Innovation in Education Awards

  • Mai Abdelhakim, Swanson School of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, for “Tailored experiential learning modules combining artificial intelligence and resilient engineering systems: Toward meeting future cybersecurity challenges”

  • Dmitriy Babichenko, School of Computing & Information, Informatics and Networked Systems, for “Interactive Python assignment designer and autograder”

  • Gretchen Bender,  Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, History of Art and Architecture, for "How to talk with a work of art: An open educational resource"

  • Peter Brusilovsky, School of Computing & Information; Informatics and Networked Systems, for "An interactive electronic textbook for Python programming and data science courses"

  • Erika Fanselow, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Neuroscience, and Burhan Gharaibeh, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Biological Sciences, for "Developing interactive digital resources using HTML5 Package (H5P) educational technology to enhance instruction in undergraduate general anatomy and neuroanatomy laboratories"

  • Kirill Kiselyov, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Biological Sciences, for "Scaling the storytelling approach: An online teaching and learning paradigm for modern undergraduate classrooms"

  • In Hee Lee, Swanson School of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, for "New experiential, discipline-based, and technology-enhanced lab activities for semiconductor chip design courses"