April 23, 2019
The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) is pleased to announce that Jill Hoover, Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders, is the winner of the 2018-19 College Outstanding Teacher Award. The award is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Provost’s Office and the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development, and given annually to honor individual faculty members for their teaching accomplishments. Hoover will be recognized at Undergraduate Commencement and at the School’s Senior Recognition Ceremony.
“I am extremely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the college outstanding teaching award,” says Hoover. “I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with bright, curious, and motivated undergraduate and graduate students who are passionate about the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders – they make teaching fun and rewarding. I am grateful to all of my students for pushing me to think more deeply about the material I teach and the impact it will have on their eventual careers.”
During the 2018-19 academic year, Hoover taught undergraduate courses in Phonetic Processing and Speech & Language Disorders and a graduate course in Phonological Disorders.
“My top priority is to establish a classroom atmosphere where students understand that making mistakes is inherent to acquiring new knowledge,” adds Hoover. “For this reason, I don’t dismiss incorrect responses to my questions. Rather, I view these moments as rich opportunities to gain insight into how students are interpreting what I teach. In my experience, allowing students the opportunity to experiment with the application of their emerging knowledge yields a relaxed group of students who, in the end, are able to appreciate how much they have learned from the beginning to the end of the semester.”