Reddington Receives Excellence in Teaching Award
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG - 12/19/2006 - Frances P. Reddington, a University of Central Missouri faculty member who is known for her devotion to student learning and academic success, has been named recipient of the University Excellence in Teaching Award.
Presented Annually by University
The award was presented by Y.T. Shah, provost and vice president for academic affairs, during a meeting of the UCM Board of Governors. This is the second time the annual award has been presented on campus. Prior to 2005, it was known as the Governor's Excellence in Teaching Award, and was presented during an annual ceremony in Jefferson City. When the state opted to cancel the program, the university chose to continue this annual honor under a new name.
Recognizes Professional Achievements
Its purpose is to recognize faculty members who have shown evidence of effective teaching, innovation in course design and delivery; effective advising; service to the college/university community; commitment to high standards of excellence; and success in nurturing student achievement.
Honored by Department of Criminal Justice
A professor of criminal justice at UCM since 1992, Reddington was nominated for the Governor's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003, and received the Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the UCM College of Education and Human Services that same year.
Proudest Moment of Her Career
Reddington said receiving the award is one of the "proudest moments" of her career. She values being a part of the Department of Criminal Justice and the university.
"I am supported in every aspect of my career and I am encouraged in all my activities in and outside of the classroom," she said. "When you are in an environment that fosters you to do your best, what you are able to bring to your students is almost limitless."
Nominations Note Commitment to Excellence
Colleagues who nominated Reddington praised her for the tremendous effort she puts into her classes and her commitment to high standards of excellence. She has a teaching philosophy that promotes interaction with current practitioners in the criminal justice field, often bringing the real world into her classroom.
This includes video conferencing and numerous guest speakers that include judges, Division of Youth Services authorities, and sometimes even troubled children. She also encourages student scholarship and collaborates with students on research projects. She has presented her own research before many national organizations in her field, and has mentored numerous students who have gone on to present their work before professional groups.
Serves as Mentor for McNair Program
"Fran's teaching excellence ranges far outside her in-class teaching load," wrote Betsy Kreisel, an associate professor of criminal justice who nominated Reddington. "She averages an annual 25 graduate student advisees, she regularly serves as a research advisor/mentor for Honors students and McCAP (McNair Central Achievers), she generally supervises directed projects in juvenile justice, and she chairs and serves on numerous graduate student theses."
Recognized at State and National Levels
Reddington's advocacy for students has been recognized by different state, national and international organizations through service on the Missouri Juvenile Justice Association Scholarship Award Committee, and serving as chair of the new Student Affairs Committee of the American Corrections Association. On the international level, she also served on the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences' Student Affairs Committee.
Courses Reflect Innovation
The longtime university professor is known for course innovation. She co-edited and published a reader titled "Sexual Assault: The Victim, the Perpetrator and the Criminal Justice System" after she could not find an appropriate textbook for her popular Sexual Assault and Criminal Justice System course. She helped create and routinely teaches the criminal justice capstone course, Senior Seminar.
In addition to her work in the classroom, Reddington serves the criminal justice department, college and the university through a wide array of committee assignments. These range from university parking, traffic review and rape awareness to professional enhancement, promotion and tenure, marketing and recruiting.
Fran Reddington, UCM professor of criminal justice, second from right, was presented with the UCM Excellence in Teaching Award at the Dec. 15 meeting of the UCM Board of Governors. Presenting the award were, left to right, Lawrence Fick, president of the UCM Board of Governors; Y.T. Shah, provost and vice president for academic affairs; and UCM President Aaron Podolefsky.