Three faculty members have been chosen as Miller Scholars Award recipients in recognition of projects that will take their record of motivation, excellence and leadership in teaching and learning to the next level.
Theresa Estrem, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders, and Chaturi Edrisinha, assistant professor of applied behavior analysis, were recognized for their project titled “SCSU Autism Clinic” and Ramnath Sarnath, professor of computer science, received an award for “Developing Curriculum for Computing Courses through a Problem-based, Whole-part-whole Approach.”
Through conversations with CentraCare Health System professions during the past three years, Estrem and Edrisinha have identified an unmet need for timely autism assessments in the area. With the support of the Miller Scholars Award, Estrem and Edrisinha hope to develop an autism clinic at St. Cloud State.
With the support of the Miller Scholars Award, Ramnath intends to continue his work with his Metropolitan State colleague on a Computer Science I course, developing materials that will enable it to fulfill the needs of multiple constituents. Additionally he plans to work with input from faculty in other STEM departments and from industry representatives to develop a new course that will build on the previous Computer Science I course to fill the computing skills gap of STEM graduates
The Miller Scholars Program was established by the generous donation of James W. and Marion Miller, and co-sponsored by St. Cloud State University’s Office of Academic Affairs.