*Outstanding Tips from Outstanding Teachers

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May 10 2017 09:00-10:00AM | Rhododendron Room

Session Information

WVU Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award recipients share what they do and how it benefits their students.

Nick Bowman

Lori Sherlock, Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology
Lizzie Santiago, Teaching Assistant Professor and Academic Advisor of Freshman Engineering
Joshua Weishart, Associate Professor Law & Policy


Nick Bowman, Lori Sherlock, Lizzie Y. Santiago, Joshua Weishart

Nick Bowman

Nick Bowman (PhD, Michigan State University) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University who specializes in the study of interactive media, such as social media and video games. He is primarily interested in the uses and effects of these media at the cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and social level. He has published nearly four dozen original research reports, including a number of scholarly articles on the pedagogical role of these technologies. His research can be found in journals such as Communication Research Reports, Computers in Human Behavior, and Journal of Media Psychology, Media Psychology. He serves on several journal editorial boards, and is a member of the advisory board for SxSWEdu.

Lori Sherlock

Lori Sherlock is a long-time supporter and educator in the field of aquatics.  She has been involved with various elements of the aquatic industry since the late 90’s including therapy and rehab, exercise and personal training, in addition to management and pool operation.  As an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine within the Division of Exercise Physiology at West Virginia University, Dr. Sherlock has the opportunity to educate and train students through the Aquatic Therapy Emphasis.  Her extensive training in the field along with her ample certifications allows for the Aquatic Emphasis to cover the continuum of care within both the exercise and rehab settings while including pool operator certification and managerial guidelines.  Mrs. Sherlock has been involved with the Aquatic Exercise Association, Arthritis Foundation, Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute, as well as the National Swimming Pool Foundation for a number of years as a contributing speaker, author, and researcher. 

Lori Sherlock, Ed.D., C.S.C.S, A.T.R.I.C., A.E.A. Training Specialist

Lizzie Y. Santiago

Dr. Lizzie Santiago is Teaching Associate Professor for the Fundamentals of Engineering program in the Benjamin Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University (WVU). She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Santiago completed postdoctoral training in Neural Tissue Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) and Molecular Neurosciences at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD).

Dr. Santiago received two grants from the National Science Foundation to understand student retention in engineering and to develop a course to improve critical thinking skills in non-calculus ready first year engineering students.  Dr. Santiago is the recipient of the 2015 Teacher of the Year Award for the Benjamin Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at WVU and the 2017 WVU Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award.  She teaches freshman engineering courses and supports the outreach and recruiting activities of the college.  Her research interests include critical thinking, stem cell research, biomaterials, spinal cord injury repair, university retention, and STEM education. 

Joshua Weishart

Joshua Weishart is an Associate Professor of Law and Policy at WVU Law and the Rockefeller School of Politics and Public Policy. Before joining the law faculty in 2012, Weishart was an associate at Severson & Werson, P.C. in San Francisco specializing in financial service litigation for a variety of consumer-related matters, including complex, nationwide class actions and appeals. He then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert B. King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

A Truman Scholar, Weishart holds a B.A. from West Virginia University, a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge (England), and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. 

Weishart’s research is centered on education law and policy, particularly on issues of school finance, integration, and special education. His scholarship on educational equality and adequacy and the right to education has been published in the Stanford Law Review and Alabama Law Review.