CoAS Faculty, Staff Win Outstanding Online Instruction and Advising Awards
November 9, 2012
Drexel University Online honored two members of the College of Arts and Sciences on Thursday, November 8th at the sixth annual National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) awards ceremony. NDLW recognizes exceptional leaders, faculty, and staff for their accomplishments and dedication to online learning. This year, Lawrence Souder, an associate teaching professor of communication, received the Outstanding Online Instructor Award, while Linda Pohl, an assistant dean and advisor for online programs in the College, took home the Outstanding Online Professional Staff Award.
Dr. Lawrence Souder
Dr. Souder has been teaching at the College of Arts and Sciences since 1999. His courses cover the ethics of communication and the rhetoric of science and technology. Dr. Souder won the Outstanding Online Instructor Award in recognition of the high standards he sets in the online classroom and the strong group dynamic he creates among his students. Souder takes advantage of available technology and goes to great lengths to create engaging videos for his students. To prepare a welcome video for his online courses, for instance, Souder went to Anthony Drexel's mausoleum so that he could tell the story of Drexel’s founder and explain what it means to be a part of the Drexel community.
Linda Pohl joined the College of Arts and Sciences in 2007 as the College’s first advisor for online programs. The Outstanding Online Professional Staff Award recognizes Pohl’s instrumental role in creating a supportive environment for online students. She has developed and taught an online orientation course designed to help students adjust to the online environment and successfully manage college-level academics. Moreover, she has been an advocate for the adult student population through service on the Provost’s committee for Online Learning and the University Task Force on Veteran Issues. Perhaps most outstanding have been Pohl’s efforts to respect and establish relationships with the online students she advises.