UofL Faculty "sweep" all Grawemeyer Awards for Outstanding Instructional Design

UofL faculty swept all of Kentuckiana Metroversity’s Grawemeyer Awards for Outstanding Instructional Design for 2013.

The Metroversity consortium gives the awards to encourage and reward the best in instructional development in the member colleges and universities. Each winner receives a monetary prize and is asked to participate in a Metroversity symposium on “Excellence in Teaching.”

 The overall winner is:

Jasmine Farrier, associate professor of political science, for her proposal, “Constitutional Thinking.”

“This is the rare proposal in that it is engaging to read by itself, without even thinking about its purpose for this competition,” said one judge of her proposal. “There is a sophisticated interplay between students needing to know ‘stuff’ (e.g., what the Constitution says) and how to think and interact with one another (e.g., critical thinking).”

Jasmine Farrier grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and developed her interest in political science as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In graduate school, she studied American political development at the University of Texas at Austin and received her Ph.D. in Government in 2000. She was a post-doctoral fellow with the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia from 2000-2001. In 2002, Farrier joined the Dept. of Political Science at the University of Louisville.  Her current research includes a new book project on inter-branch lawsuits, separation of powers, and constitutional law.


 Kiki Petrosino, assistant professor of English, for her proposal, “Moby Dick as Anthology."

“I would love to take this course myself, since it deliberately pulls students from all disciplines in an interactive format,” said one judge.

Kiki Petrosino’spublications include a collection of poems, Fort Red Border (Sarabande) and a chapbook, The Dark is Here (Forkift Ink).Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The New York Times, Tin House, Jubilat, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. Along with a colleague, she co-edits Transom, an electronic poetry journal (http://www.transomjournal.com). Petrosino holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has been awarded two staff scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and a post-graduate writing fellowship from the University of Iowa. Her latest collection of poems will be released from Sarabande in 2013.


 Sherri Wallace, associate professor of political science, for “Using Community Based Learning Methods to Teach Diversity Politics and Policy.”

The judges were impressed by “the project-based CBL component and its incorporation into this capstone for seniors.”

Dr.  Sherri L. Wallaceis an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Louisville. She is a native of North Little Rock, Arkansas where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Encouraged to apply for the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Annual Ralph Bunche Institute for Black Scholars, she became one of twenty-five national undergraduate recipients in the summer of 1988, to research issues on African American Politics at the Louisiana State University and Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  It was there that she discovered her love for academia and research questions dealing with African Americans and community economic development issues.   Also in 1989, she received recognition as an American Political Science Association Minority Graduate Fellow.  In 1993, she received the competitive President’s Council for Cornell Women Fellowship to conduct her dissertation research on “Minority Participation in the Philadelphia Enterprise Zone Program” under her dissertation chair, Dr. Theodore J. Lowi, the renowned J.L. Senior Professor of American Institutions.She graduated in 1995 from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where she earned both her Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Government.


 Carrye Wilkins and Cathy Leist, representing REACH and Undergraduate Affairs, for “Proposal for Special Topics in College Mathematics: GEN 104.”

“This course emphasizes competency and attempts to restructure mathematics curriculum for students who may need the most assistance,” said one judge. “My own institution faces similar challenges and has instituted similar measures, so I’m empathetic to this situation and admire this potential solution.”

Besides UofL, Kentuckiana Metroversity member institutions are Bellarmine University, Indiana University Southeast, Jefferson Community and Technical College, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spalding University.