Rebecca S. Beal, Ph.D.
EXCELLENCE IN ADAPTING CLASSIC PRINCIPLES OF JESUIT PEDAGOGY INTO THE CURRICULUM: THE MAGIS AWARD
This award is given to a faculty member who makes specific, sustained, and creative efforts to adapt classic principles of Jesuit Pedagogy in her own courses. Since her first year at the University, Dr. Rebecca Beal has been immersed in the Jesuit philosophy of education, and since that time, she has worked to incorporate Ignatian thinking and pedagogy into her overall teaching style. In her advanced courses, she incorporates “frequent reviews, feedback, and competitions to assure that her students acquire Eloquentia Perfecta. Most recently, she introduced the Examen into her first-year seminar as she incorporated Ignatian strategies to introduce her students to the creative and reflective power and beauty of literature.
Her most sustained commitment to “academic rigor” is apparent in her long-time role as moderator of Sigma Tau Delta, the University’s chapter of the English Honor Society, Mu Omicron. In this role she encourages undergraduate students to present their papers and creative works at Sigma Tau Delta’s annual international conventions. At this event, and to her credit, nine students presented in 2015 and 2016, and four more are scheduled to present in 2017. Clearly she embodies the Jesuit principles in her teaching, mentoring, and collaborations with her students. How fortunate for the University and how life inspiring for her students.
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