Norton Receives Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award

Posted: February 9, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Priscilla Norton
Priscilla Norton

At a ceremony yesterday in Richmond, Priscilla Norton, professor of instructional technology in Mason’s College of Education and Human Development, received an Outstanding Faculty Award from Gov. Timothy Kaine.

Norton was recognized along with 11 other outstanding faculty members from Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities for excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration and public service. Norton was the only faculty member recognized for a “Teaching with Technology” emphasis. The recipients were selected from a pool of 95 candidates nominated by their peers.

“Students and citizens across the commonwealth benefit from the academic research and instructional leadership demonstrated by these remarkable faculty members,” said Kaine. “These recipients come from every region of the state and represent diverse disciplines, and their dedication to scholarly pursuits has helped Virginia’s colleges and universities remain among the finest in the nation.”

Norton, who has been teaching at Mason for 10 years, was noted for providing a conceptual framework for revolutionizing curricular design for online learning while transforming school communities through her graduate programs for teachers.

Norton’s own teaching and education of K-12 teachers are the objects of her research and publication, and she is actively involved with international, national and local activities to facilitate the integration of technology with the learning of a broad range of students.

She collaborated closely with Georgetown University and the U.S. Agency for International Development supporting efforts to bring technology to schools throughout the Republic of Macedonia, working with faculties from Macedonia’s teacher education universities.

She also served as external evaluator for three grants in support of the U.S. Department of Education’s PT3 program, facilitating the preparation of tomorrow’s teachers in technology integration.

Author of a number of books, articles, papers, book chapters and web-based programs, Norton also holds a patent. Her collaborative book, “Technology for Teaching,” is used in teacher education classrooms throughout the United States and several other countries.

Graduates of her programs have assumed significant leadership roles as university professors, directors of technology, and technology and curriculum specialists. A large percentage of the technology resource teachers in Northern Virginia school systems are graduates of her programs who use their expertise to help other teachers in their schools improve their teaching.

Norton spearheaded a collaboration of three school districts to develop an innovative virtual high school offering courses grounded in her design model, and she received a 2006 Governor’s Technology Award for Innovative Use of Technology in K-12 Education for this initiative.

Norton holds an EdD in instructional technology/curriculum and instruction from U.S. International University (now Alliant University).

The Outstanding Faculty Awards are administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and funded by a grant from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion, an integrated energy company. Each of this year’s award recipients will receive $5,000 and an original glass sculpture designed by Virginia artist Jude Schlotzhauer.

The Virginia General Assembly and governor created the awards program in 1986 to recognize the finest among Virginia’s faculty. Since the first presentation in 1987, a total of 244 Virginia faculty members – including the 2007 recipients – have received the honor.

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