Sean Garrett-Roe has been selected to receive a 2017 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. The Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes teaching excellence by members of the University of Pittsburgh's faculty. This award consists of a cash prize to the faculty member and a grant to support the faculty member's teaching activities.
Garrett-Roe was recognized for his work with the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) approach, which uses a flipped classroom model, multisensory input and incorporates technologies to encourage students to engage, derive and interpret the materials of physical chemistry. He has also shared his pedagogical models in such venues as Pitt’s Summer Instructional Design Institute and the American Chemical Society’s national meeting.
The chancellor in his letter stated: “[Y]ou make a challenging subject ‘come alive’ for your students, which enhances their ability to fully engage with and retain the principles you are teaching. Additionally, you have had a lasting impact on your colleagues both within and outside the Department of Chemistry, by teaching them how to incorporate the POGIL approach into their courses.”