SPHHS Awards Brown Outstanding Online Teacher Award

University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences Dean Aelion and Nutrition faculty Melissa Brown

From left:
SPHHS Dean Marjorie Aelion
and Melissa Brown

April 25, 2016

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) is pleased to announce that Melissa Brown, Research Assistant Professor of Nutrition, has been named the recipient of the SPHHS Outstanding Online Teacher Award. The award, which is given annually by the School, recognizes excellence in online teaching.

This past year, Brown taught online and face-to-face (f2f) sections of Nutrition 577 (Nutritional Problems in the US), Nutrition 130H (Honors section of Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle), and sections of Nutrition 698 (Nutrition Practicum) in the Online MPH in Nutrition program.

"I have three philosophies as an instructor: to utilize authentic learning opportunities, to guide rather than dictate, and to adapt to the student population. Adaptability is critical as my students include a wide variety from graduate to undergraduate, and include f2f as well as online courses.  These student populations have different needs and the learning activities must be selected with those in mind," says Brown.

 “I pride myself on adaptability in teaching, so I would not say that I have one area of expertise in particular,” she notes. “If I had to choose I would say pathophysiology of chronic diseases and the nutritional factors involved,” she notes.

“I am extremely honored to receive this award.  As faculty we all work very hard for the students and to be recognized for those efforts and recognized as an effective instructor is quite rewarding,” she adds.