Dr. Emily Lenning, an Associate Professor in the Fayetteville State University (FSU) Department of Criminal Justice, has been named a recipient of the 2017 University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award was established in 1993 and honors teaching and scholarship at the UNC System’s 17 constituent institutions. Dr. Lenning will be honored at FSUs 150th Spring Commencement on May 13, 2017 by a member of the UNC Board of Governors, and she will receive a $12,500 stipend and a bronze medallion.
Lenning has been a faculty member at FSU for nine years and also has served as the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Criminal Justice and as the Component B Director for the Bronco STAR program, which serves students with learning differences and supports faculty and staff in meeting their needs. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses online and on-campus.
In addition to teaching students in the classroom Lenning educates others in a variety of ways. Every fall she joins Provost Jon Young to co-teach FSU’s 16-week faculty development seminar for new faculty and through her role in the Bronco STAR program, she has taught a series of workshops for faculty and staff about the principles of Universal Design for Learning. She has also worked to make the FSU campus more inclusive of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students by providing Safezone training to hundreds of faculty, staff, and students. Lenning’s scholarship also reflects her love of teaching, as she has several articles and book chapters that focus on innovative teaching techniques.
Lenning earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University in 2002, her Master of Arts in Sociology from Western Michigan University in 2004, and her PhD in Sociology from Western Michigan University in 2008.
Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,200 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.
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