Rebecca Andridge, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Biostatistics at the College of Public Health was selected as a member of the University Institute for Teaching and Learning’s Faculty FIT (Foundation, Impact, Transformation) program’s inaugural class of 20 mentors and is, indeed, part of an elite class of outstanding teachers.
“Teaching can be one of the most rewarding aspects of a faculty member's job, and I'm excited about sharing what I've learned "on the job" about teaching at Ohio State with a new crop of faculty,” said Andridge.
The Faculty FIT program is a year-long experience for faculty members new to Ohio State which focuses on active support for faculty at all levels of teaching experience.
As part of FIT, the mentorship program pairs the new faculty with mentors who will share their knowledge and Ohio State experience with them. Each mentor has 2-3 mentees and will meet with them throughout the academic year. Andridge will be mentoring three faculty from the Departments of History and Agricultural, Environmental and Developmental Economics as well as the College of Veterinary Medicine.
“The Faculty FIT program is not only beneficial to the new faculty, but also to the mentors; in the first conversation with my mentees I picked up a new idea that I plan to implement in the classroom next semester!” said Andridge.
In the Division of Biostatistics, Andridge focuses her research on imputation methods for missing data, primarily in large-scale probability samples. In particular, she works on methods for imputing survey data when missingness is driven by the missing values themselves (missing not at random). She is passionate about teaching, focusing on introductory undergraduate and graduate-level courses, and was the 2011 winner of the college’s Outstanding Teaching Award.