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Ferzli receives APLU award for teaching excellence

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Dr. Miriam Ferzli was honored by APLU in November.Dr. Miriam Ferzli was honored by APLU in November.

Dr. Miriam Ferzli of N.C. State University is one of two 2011 recipients of the New Teacher Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). She and Dr. Tracy Kitchel of the University of Missouri were honored in November by the APLU at its 124th annual meeting in San Francisco.

Ferzli is a teaching assistant professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Biology, where her approach to teaching focuses on giving students an active role in the learning process. A past recipient of N.C. State’s Outstanding Teaching award and the CALS Outstanding Adviser Award, she is an Education Fellow for the National Academies of Science and a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers.

Ferzli began teaching while a graduate student at N.C. State, where she received her master’s and Ph.D. degrees after earning undergraduate degrees from the University of Miami.

APLU is a non-profit association of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems with member campuses in all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. Each year at its annual meeting, APLU bestows awards in recognition of professional and programmatic excellence, including awards honoring Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in College and University Teaching.

The New Teacher Award is sponsored by APLU, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is given in recognition of outstanding faculty members’ abilities as classroom teachers, use of innovative methods, service to students and profession, and scholarship. – Terri Leith

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