CafeScribe Sponsors Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology

Contact: Elio DiStaola

Jennifer Thomas

OAK BROOK, Ill., April 10, 2012 – Innovation in the classroom is essential for student success and Follett Higher Education Group’s CafeScribe® is recognizing faculty who go above and beyond to inspire their students and fellow faculty. For the second year, CafeScribe is proud to sponsor the award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology at the 23rd annual International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Awards will be presented at a luncheon on Wednesday, April 11, at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

“Follett is always looking for new ways to provide students with innovative learning solutions that make an impact on education,” said Gary Shapiro, Follett’s Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property. “We applaud faculty who make a difference in students’ education by implementing fresh and creative teaching methods to keep students engaged and learning.”

Eleven faculty members will be recognized at the conference for their contributions, which range from developing service learning projects that bring college and high school students together to introducing tablets into the classroom making learning more efficient, effective and interesting. Award-winning faculty also increased motivation and self-esteem in students by engaging them with educational games, introducing new technology in Chinese courses and integrating problem-based learning in instructional technology courses.

Only 500 faculty members worldwide hold this highly-respected award for their contributions in the classroom. Colleges and universities can nominate only one full-time faculty member each year who has contributed in the most highly creative ways to teaching, learning and technology in higher education.

“The award recipients are innovators in teaching and learning,” said Bill Ganza, Director of the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. “These faculty members are at the top of their field and are innovating new teaching techniques that are inspiring students and are motivating all of us to become better teachers.”

The awards for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology will be presented by Donald Green, Executive Vice President for Instruction and Student Services at Florida State College, and Jack Chambers, Associate Vice President of the Office of Learning Research and Development at Florida State College. Recipients include:

• James Manley
College of Central Florida

• Ismael Cremer
Florida Institute of Technology

• Arthur Chiang
Florida State College at Jacksonville

• Becky Alexander
Middle Tennessee State University

• D’Nita Andrews Graham
Norfolk State University

• Baljit Singh
University of Saskatchewan

• Carolyn Horseman
Polk State College

• Elizabeth Mathias
United States Air Force Academy

• Amir H. Behzadan
University of Central Florida

• Patrick W. Fitzgibbons
University of Maryland University College

• Bethany Stone
University of Missouri-Columbia

The 23rd annual International Conference on College Teaching and Learning will feature more than 250 faculty presentations for 1,000 attendees representing all academic fields. The conference will provide an international forum fostering discussion on learning, motivation, theory, research and practice in teaching and learning. Conversations will focus on innovative learning strategies, face-to-face online learning and blended and online course development and teaching.

Follett’s CafeScribe is a proud supporter of the award because of the recognition it provides for innovative solutions. Similarly, CafeScribe provides an innovative solution for students by providing course materials and study tools all in one digital platform.

For more information about the award and conference, visit

About Follett Higher Education Group
Follett Higher Education Group of Oak Brook, Illinois, is the leading provider of bookstore services and the foremost supplier of used books in North America. Follett services five million students and over 400,000 faculty members through more than 900 stores. Follett also services more than 1,600 independent campus stores with its wholesale services, and has the most visited ecommerce collegiate website,, that provides services and products through a network of more than 1000 campus stores.