Associate professor of biostatistics Rebecca Andridge, PhD, was selected once again to support and engage a new class of teachers at Ohio State.
One way new professors at Ohio State gain support on their journeys as Buckeyes is through Faculty FIT, a year-long mentorship program pairing new and established faculty members.
Rebecca Andridge, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics at CPH, has been selected for the second year in a row to serve as a mentor in the program. She is one of 27 faculty members selected, and will mentor a cohort of three to four new faculty members from a variety of fields and teaching backgrounds.
“During a selective application process, Dr. Andridge was chosen as a mentor and is, indeed, part of an elite class of outstanding Ohio State teachers,” said Kay Halasek, BA, MA, PhD, director of Ohio State’s University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL), a component of President Michael V. Drake’s 2020 Vision. “We congratulate Dr. Andridge for being selected for this important role as we welcome our newest faculty to The Ohio State University.”
“She had a place to turn to with questions … it was incredibly gratifying to watch her navigate that process with us as a support structure. Her victories were our victories.” — Rebecca Andridge, PhD
Andridge said that one of her most satisfying experiences serving in the program last year was helping a faculty member who taught for the first time.
“She taught her first class in the spring and I really feel that our group helped her in that experience,” Andridge said. “She was less nervous going into it; she had a place to turn to with questions … It was incredibly gratifying to watch her navigate that process with us as a support structure. Her victories were our victories.”
One of Andridge’s goals in mentoring new professors is to emphasize the educational mission of the university just as much as research.
“It is not OK to have faculty members who are great at doing research and who are awful at imparting knowledge to students,” Andridge said. “That’s not acceptable at a place like Ohio State, and President Drake knows that. He really is making it a big component of the mission: to remember that we do have exceptional teachers at this university.”