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NCFCA Member Heather M. Griffiths Earns 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award

Submitted by on July 29, 2016 – 12:19 am

The North Carolina Film Critics Association boasts a diverse and professionally accomplished membership whose impact and influence is felt statewide in journalism and other professional areas.

The NCFCA is proud to congratulate Heather M. Griffiths for earning a 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of North Carolina university system.

Griffiths received the award for her outstanding work at Fayetteville State University where she is an Associate Professor of Sociology.

When asked how to describe her teaching style, Griffiths said:

I think the most effective teaching strategy I use is to encourage students to question their previous assumptions, review the facts, and develop their own opinions. To this end, I employ active learning strategies. I use popular music in most of my Sociology classes to engage students in discussions about the social construction of race, class, and gender. In my online classes, I emphasize information literacy, because students must develop the ability to sort through conflicting information and arrive at a fact-based conclusion.

In addition to her academic work, Griffiths has contributed film criticism to Up & Coming Weekly, the community newspaper for Fayetteville, North Carolina.


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