Briana Bettin Inducted to MTU Academy of Teaching Excellence, Receives Teaching Showcase Award

Briana Bettin

Briana Bettin, assistant professor in both the Computer Science and Cognitive and Learning Sciences departments, has been inducted into the Michigan Technological University Academy of Teaching Excellence. Established in 1998, the academy recognizes those who have demonstrated continued dedication to and support of the University’s teaching mission.

Academy of Teaching Excellence membership is comprised in part of finalists for the annual Distinguished Teaching Award, for which Bettin was nominated in January of this year.

Bettin also received a Dean’s Teaching Showcase Award this month, having been selected for the Teaching Showcase in January 2022.

“I am so grateful and humbled to see my efforts have value to others,” Bettin said. “I hope I can continue to have an impact.”

For the Teaching Showcase feature article, Dennis Livesay, Dave House Dean of Computing, described Bettin as “a dedicated teacher with amazing rapport with her students and excellent teaching evaluations.” Further, he noted that her student evaluations have been consistently in the top 10%, which he finds impressive for a second-year instructor charged with teaching large sections of introductory programming courses.

Department of Computer Science Chair Linda Ott added that Bettin’s success as a teacher to her enormous energy. In Ott’s words, Bettin “works hard to engage students through in-class activities. She really cares about the students and makes sure that they know it.”