Bonnie Markowski, MA

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 EXCELLENCE IN THE SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING AND LEARNING

 This award is designed to recognize the efforts of faculty who strive for excellence in teaching and who practice teaching as a form of scholarship.  The recipient of this year’s award is Bonnie Markowski.

An alumna of the University, Bonnie returned to the University in 2007 and has been an outstanding Faculty Specialist in the English and Theatre Department since that time. Her nominator notes that “Bonnie stands as one of the leading teachers in her department.” Bonnie regularly teaches the WRTG 105-106 course sequence which is designed for our students who need more intensive writing work than others. At the other end of the spectrum, Bonnie developed our Digital Writing class, which has served students across the university in meeting their general education requirements.  Even before the pandemic, Bonnie developed teaching strategies for on-line teaching, and readily shares her expertise with her colleagues. Her work proved to be critically important when our first-year writing program moved to virtual instruction during the pandemic.  Most importantly, Bonnie is one of the curators of her department’s effort to share anti-racism concepts and pedagogies, and has counseled fellow department members on strategies and concepts.

Bonnie is active in scholarship and continues to present her work at the Conference on College Composition and Communication and other national conferences. She is also active in service to the community through her work with the National Inclusion Project and the NEPA Voices for Inclusion Chapter.

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