Dr. Natalie Mountjoy Wins CITL Teaching Honor

Last week, WKU’s Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) announced its 2022 Teaching Honors recipients.

Dr. Natalie Mountjoy, Assistant Professor of Biology, was chosen as the recipient from Ogden College of Science and Engineering.

Recipients of CITL teaching honors are identified by students who believe the nominee is effective, thoughtful, and innovative.

Dr. Mountjoy received his MSc in Biology from WKU. As a trained ecologist, she is interested in the human dimensions of ecology, including human-wildlife conflict and natural resource management. Currently, her focus is on pedagogy and integrating high-impact practices, including inquiry-based learning, into our General Biology series, and expanding student research opportunities in the department in partnership with the Med Center. She believes her role as an educator is to guide the acquisition of knowledge, inspire critical analysis, and generate interest and enthusiasm for biology and biology-based careers.

“I strive to meet my students where they are and to produce students with the tools and ability to achieve their goals and fulfill their obligations to themselves, their discipline, and the wider community,” said Dr. Mountjoy.

Dr David Brown, Dean of the Ogden College of Science and Engineering, said: “It is never surprising to see [Dr. Mountjoy] receive a teaching award, but it’s always a pleasure.

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