Dorothy McCawley

Communication lecturer receives Judy Fisher Award

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dr. Dorothy McCawley, Communication Lecturer and Written Communication Coordinator for the Center for Management Communication, was named the recipient of the 2012 Judy Fisher Teaching with Technology Award.

The award is given annually to the professor at the Warrington College of Business Administration whose teaching best exemplified the use of technology over the past year.

“Although I worked with Judy Fisher for just a few years, she inspired me with her continuing quest to find innovative ways to meet the needs of our business students,” Dr. McCawley said. “Dr. Fisher introduced me to new ways of connecting with my distance learning students, which resulted in a more enjoyable experience for me and for my students.”

Dr. McCawley’s innovative teaching skills have made an impact throughout the College, and her dedication to fostering interaction among students is of particular distinction. Dr. McCawley’s utilizations of Adobe Connect for informative webinars and virtual office hours, Facebook and LinkedIn for internal course communication, Dropbox and Google Docs to allow students to post and critique PowerPoint documents and Sakai for its chat, blog and discussion board options have dramatically increased the level of interaction among students in both the Working Professional MBA programs and online undergraduate courses.

Dr. McCawley also participated in UF’s Interface program, a workshop designed to instruct university faculty on effective technological strategies and practices. Her presentation, “Meeting Them Where They Are: Connecting Online to Teach Writing and Speaking,” was one of five lightning presentations given.

The Judy Fisher Teaching with Technology Award was established in memory of Judy Fisher, Ph.D. She joined the faculty in January 2001 as an Instructional Technologist, and was the first person ever employed by Warrington to bridge the gap between the faculty and technology staff. As a unit highly dependent on advanced technologies, Fisher’s background (a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology, coupled with more than 25 years of business consulting in instructional design) enabled her to have a profound effect on teaching with technology. The College is proud to honor Fisher, who passed away in July 2007, and her many contributions to our teaching and learning environment through this annual award.