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Hoffman named SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador

Macarthur headshot 2021Dr. Brenda Hoffman, professor of practice in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the School of Communication and Journalism, was recently recognized as a State University of New York Online Teaching Ambassador.

Hoffman was one of two Stony Brook instructors to receive the recognition this year, which was awarded to approximately 40 educators across the 64-campus system.

“Brenda now joins a group of faculty who truly exemplify quality online teaching,” said Patricia Aceves, Assistant Provost for Teaching innovation and Digital Education, and Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. “This award is a recognition of her open-minded embrace of online education, willingness to try new instructional approaches, creativity, strong design, and strong pedagogy. In other words, she is one of those who is a good model for the rest of the faculty.”

In 2019, Hoffman developed a new online course, Fundamentals Public Speaking, designed to be taught entirely online in a blend of synchronous and asynchronous class sessions. Additionally, it is the only public speaking course at Stony Brook.

“The demand for this course has been incredible, demonstrating that it truly is fulfilling a need for Stony Brook students,” said Dr. Laura Lindenfeld, Dean of the School of Communication and Journalism, Executive Director of the Alda Center, and Vice Provost of Academic Strategy and Planning. “Brenda’s excellent design and management of the course is helping Stony Brook students develop a vital skill that they need for their degrees and their future careers.”

The award recognizes exemplary online SUNY educators who are enthusiastic and effective in online teaching, and who can be positive and strong advocates for online teaching within the SUNY system.

In addition to being recognized by SUNY, ambassadors are asked to advocate for and assist others across the 64-campus system in adapting and improving online teaching strategies and practice. The ambassadors will be recognized in a virtual ceremony later this month.

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