Ruth Palmquist receives WISE teaching award

January 15, 2010

SILS Professor Ruth PalmquistRuth Palmquist, long-time SILS adjunct faculty member, has received a Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Faculty of the Year Award for Excellence in Online Education in 2009!

The award is given to faculty nominated by students from institutions other than the faculty member's home institution who are participating in the online WISE program.

The award was presented at the "WISE Best Practices for Online Pedagogy Workshop" at the annual conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 in Boston, MA.

WISE Faculty of the Year awardees receive a crystal WISE globe to illustrate the global network of WISE consortium members.

Palmquist has taught Information Resources and also teaches Research Methods at UNC at Chapel Hill. She holds an M.A. in library science from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in information transfer from Syracuse University.

The WISE Consortium is a collaborative distance education model that increases the quality, access and diversity of online education opportunities in Library and Information Science.  WISE was developed to establish standards and metrics for online library and information science (LIS) education, to provide a collaborative marketplace for online LIS courses, and to provide support for online pedagogy. WISE Pedagogy offers training and development opportunities for LIS faculty and doctoral students, and is available to WISE members and others in the LIS community who are interested in advancing their online instruction skills.

Since 2004, WISE has offered over 465 courses to over 725 students across our 14 member programs.  A goal central to the mission of WISE is to recognize and encourage the sharing of best practices in online education. The Excellence in Online Education Awards gives the consortium the opportunity to honor outstanding faculty while working toward achieving that goal.