Lammers to Receive University’s Excellence in Teaching Award

Jayne Lammer  photoThe University of Rochester will recognize Jayne Lammers, assistant professor in teaching and curriculum at the Warner School, as the 2017 recipient of the G. Graydon ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Nontenured Member of the Faculty. Lammers will be honored with the award for her excellence in teaching at the Warner School Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 20, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.
The University’s prestigious G. Graydon and Jane W. Curtis Award is given annually to recognize nontenured faculty members who excel in both teaching and research.
Lammers is admired by many for her dedication to and mentoring of students, leadership in program and curriculum development, and innovative and engaging teaching. She teaches an array of courses and a diverse student body at Warner.
Since joining the Warner School faculty in 2011, Lammers has taught eight different courses, the English field experience and student teaching seminars, and has co-taught two other courses. Her offerings focus on literacy and English education, learning in the digital age, and doctoral research methods. She has served as an advisor to 17 master’s students and 19 doctoral students and sponsored five completed dissertations.
“The excellence that is evident across this wide range of courses and students demonstrates her creativity, versatility, meticulousness, organization, and dedication,” explains Jeffrey Choppin, chair of teaching and curriculum at Warner. “She is an exemplary advisor who pushes students to develop their own thinking and who supports students in multiples ways that are critical to their success and achievement.”
An expert on learning in digital environments, Lammers has studied adolescent literacy learning, especially in online contexts, for the past decade. At Warner, she aims to help English teacher candidates shape literacy classrooms into vibrant, student-centered learning spaces where online/offline and in-school/out-of-school boundaries get blurred and students are designing literacies that prepare them for 21st century futures.  
Students hold Lammers in high regard, consistently praising her as a caring, knowledgeable, committed and innovative teacher.
“In class, Professor Lammers has exemplified an instructor’s demeanor that I aspire to,” says alumna Valerie Marsh ‘16W (PhD). “She’s kind, she’s flexible, she meets students where they are and offers so much of her time and energy to their successes. She is committed to a student-centered pedagogy, both for her students and her students’ students.”
Beyond the classroom, Lammers’ contributions have positively impacted a wider online learning community at the university through Warner’s online initiative, Learning in the Digital Age (LiDA). She has taken a leadership role in school-wide efforts to create online course offerings for Warner students, to create programs to prepare high-quality online instructors, and to prepare classroom teachers and school leaders who can engage in digitally-rich teaching practices. She has taken a leadership role in putting together a series of events on this topic that are open to faculty and staff across the university.
Prior to joining the Warner School, Lammers taught undergraduate and graduate literacy education courses at Arizona State University, where she completed her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis in language and literacy.  She also holds a master’s in reading education from the University of Central Florida.
Lammers feels honored, she says, to be recognized for her commitment to teaching at the Warner School.
“While this recognition encourages me to maintain my commitment to excellence in this area of my work, I am truly sustained in my teaching and mentoring by the students themselves,” she says.  “I am privileged to be part of their academic journeys and derive great joy from seeing them succeed as educators and researchers in their own right.”
# # #
Media Contact: Theresa Danylak
(585) 275-0777; (585) 278-6273 (cell)

Tags: award, Jayne Lammers, teaching and curriculum