UVU Master of Education Graduate Returns as Faculty Lecturer
June 15, 2011
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Cheryl Kamenski (801) 863-6351
Anna Greene, a teacher who taught in the Provo area, was excited when she discovered the master of education program at Utah Valley University because it had just the focus she was looking for — learning and doing.
In April 2010, Greene was in UVU’s initial cohort of master of education degree graduates. Now, she is preparing to come back to UVU in the fall as full-time faculty. Greene was recently hired as a faculty lecturer and will be teaching 15 credits per semester in the School of Education.
“Because she comes from our own Master of Education program we know she is well prepared to teach, and well informed about the content of her courses,” said Mary Sowder, coordinator for graduate studies in the School of Education. “Her work in the master degree program and her prior teaching experiences at the high school level will help her guide students in making connections between their classroom learning and their own beginning teaching practices.”
Greene said UVU’s program is created for practicing teachers, which she was looking for in a master’s of education degree and was unable to find at neighboring schools. She said UVU teaches education models that she had not studied and practiced in her undergraduate work.
“Once I learned an instruction model, I was able to practice it in my classroom and then report on the results,” Greene said. “This way, I gained instant feedback from students and also felt the model concepts were reinforced in my mind.”
This past school year, Greene was an adjunct instructor at UVU teaching writing composition and education courses. This fall, however, she will be concentrating solely on education with classes in education curriculum and instruction along with educational psychology.
Greene said this will allow her to focus more on the students and help them with individual goals and needs. Plus, as a full-time employee she will have an office on campus and regular hours so she will be more accessible to students if they have questions or concerns.
“As a recent graduate student at UVU, Anna is able to offer a unique perspective to her students,” Sowder said. “She represents the promise of UVU as we begin our journey as a University.”
Greene’s master’s degree work included completing a research project. She selected to study self-directed learning and assessment. She found that in general, despite age or subject matter, students have increased motivation when they have increased choice in the classroom. When professors give students more choice students are likely to increase their engagement and motivation in the learning process.
“I have legitimate research supporting educational theories favoring student choice, which supports UVU’s mission of engaged learning,” said Greene. “My study provides professors with a framework for implementing self-directed learning in a classroom and also gives a large reference list of other studies about self-directed learning.”
Greene is very excited about the opportunity to teach full-time for her alma mater and is appreciative that UVU recognizes the value of employing instructors with experience in the classroom.
“Those who have real-life experience, but may not have had the opportunity to obtain a doctorate degree yet, still have much to share and teach to students who benefit from having a teacher who has recently been in their shoes,” said Greene.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to nearly 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.