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A member of the Blinn College faculty since 1998, Dr. Jane Haggard received her M.Ed from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Doctorate in Higher Education (Speech Communication Specialization) from Oklahoma State University. Her committee service and initiative involvement (at Blinn College) has included the following; Distance Education Advisory Committee, Assessment Committee, Academic Standards Committee, Curriculum Committee, Program Review Committee, Foundation Scholarship Committee, Quality Enhancement Plan Team, Scholastic Dishonesty Committee, Service Learning Program Development Task Force, Service Learning Pilot Program, Blended Course Design Team and Blended Course Pilot Project. Her commitment to student mentorship is revealed through her being named as a recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa Horizon Award (1999), the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award (1998), and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005). Notably, she designs her classes to include experientially-based learning, theme driven venues, acts as an advocate for service learning methodology, and bases curriculum development in constructivism.
Constructivism is “a theory of learning that assumes the deepest learning happens when students construct their own knowledge or seek their own meaning rather than learn by memorizing and practicing with rote drills and factual recall. Constructivism is oriented toward discovery, problem solving, and inquiry approaches to teaching, with the goal of fostering rich understanding” (Collison, Elbaum, Haavind & Tinker, 2000).
In reference to her on-line teaching efforts she presented at the 2002 TCCTA Pre-Convention in the category of “Successful Online Courses: Best Practice Showcase” and participated in a Fall 2002 televised panel discussion which focused on distance learning issues. Additionally, Dr. Haggard has been featured in the 2003 Allyn & Bacon release, “Ethics and the Foundations of Education: Teaching Convictions in a Postmodern World” authored by Patrick Slattery & Dana Rapp. Additionally, in reference to her work with service learning she was lead author in the 2007 Journal of College and Character publication, “Factors Contributing to the Successful Implementation of a Community College Service Learning Program: Proactive Leadership, Program Infrastructure, Professional Development, and Program Evaluation. Dr. Haggard currently teaches Business and Professional Speaking (blended format) and Public Speaking (online format).