Earlier this month, Professor Andrew Milson (History) won a distinguished teaching award from the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE).
Milson, who has taught at UT Arlington since 2010, said he appreciates the recognition of his peers.
“It’s a great honor,” he said. “This is something I care a great deal about. To be recognized for teaching was very exciting for me.”
Milson includes an ample amount of student discussion in his geography classes. Throughout the course he assigns weekly readings and challenges his students to engage in conversations related to the topics. As a result, he said, most of his classes are challenged to address certain issues and not engage in “civil attention,” or politely pretending to pay attention.
“My approach to teaching is to try to make the classroom as discussion-oriented as possible,” he said. “It’s important for me to pick readings for the class that engage the students. I’ve learned that you need to keep the students accountable for the reading and to challenge them to do things they’re not used to doing in the classroom.”
History Department Chair W. Marvin Dulaney stated that: “Dr. Milson is one of the best teachers in our department and he more than deserves the recognition that this award brings.”
Other winners of this year’s NCGE teaching award for higher education include professors from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, The University of Tennessee, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
In addition to the award, the NCGE featured Milson on their website.