Press Release for Thursday, August 4, 2005

UNF Professor Receives Innovative Teaching Award

Contact: Joanna Norris
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Dr. Dennis Holt, a professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of North Florida, has been given the 2005 Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology.

The award was presented by The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning during the 16th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning held in Jacksonville. The conference brought together more than 900 faculty from colleges and universities in 20 different countries.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Holt has received this prestigious award,” said Larry Daniel, dean of the College of Education and Human Services at UNF. “For a number of years, he has invested time, creativity and scholarly energy into developing ways to use technology to promote the professional development of teachers.”

Holt’s students use electronic teaching portfolios to gather video clips, work samples and other artifacts to assess the entire process of teaching. Students can share this electronic-based product with fellow students, professors or employers.

A UNF professor since 1973, Holt received his doctorate in music and teacher education from Ohio State University. Over the years, he has been awarded 12 funded grants totaling more than $2 million. In a quest for educational excellence, he has been involved in the implementation of educational reforms, including competency-based teacher education, teacher testing and uses of educational technology for performance assessment of teaching and learning.

He was also recently honored by the Florida Music Educators Association for 38 years of distinguished service to the music education profession. Holt has
received numerous awards, including the Teacher Education Program Award for exemplary teacher education programs and the Beacon Award for innovative uses of instructional technologies for the improvement of teaching and learning in language arts, math, science and social studies.