Starr Roxanne Hiltz, PhD, distinguished professor in the College of Computing Sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), received at NJIT’s annual awards convocation today, a master teacher award.
Hiltz’s teaching and research on teaching have focused on developing learning networks and improving their effectiveness. In this mode of teaching (now frequently called asynchronous learning networks), online courses are built around collaborative learning in the form of discussion and group projects.
For this work, Hiltz, of Randolph, was named in 2000 one of “New Jersey’s Women of the Millenium” by the Easter Seals Foundation for “creating solutions and changing lives, in the field of educational technology.” She also received the 2004 Sloan-C award for "Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Teaching and Learning by an Individual.”
One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.