Collene selected for 2024 Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer

Collene selected for 2024 Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer

Surprise announcement during classroom visit

Angela L. Collene, a senior lecturer in the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) Department of Human Sciences Human Nutrition Program has been selected as a recipient of The Ohio State University’s 2024 Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer.

Widely recognized for her commitment to cultivating an environment of intellectual curiosity and academic excellence, Collene imparts knowledge while nurturing a passion for learning among her students.

“Angela has been highly celebrated for student engagement. Whether she is teaching via distance learning or in person, her goal is identical — ensure engagement and inclusivity,” wrote Human Nutrition Program Chair Richard Bruno in his nomination.

Senior leadership notified Collene of her selection during a surprise classroom visit on March 19. Bruno, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Patrick Louchouarn, Vice Provost for Academic Policy and Faculty Resources Helen Malone, EHE Dean Donald Pope-Davis, and several of Collene’s family joined Bruno in the celebration.  

Three senior leaders congratulate Angela Collene on her award.
Left to right: Patrick Louchouran, Richard Bruno and Helen Malone congratulate Angela Collene on her award.

Collene's exceptional teaching methodology is underpinned by her ability to forge meaningful connections with students from day one, nurturing these relationships throughout the semester. She employs diverse technological tools, including personalized video recordings and multimedia resources, to craft engaging courses. Her innovative approach extends to creating recorded podcasts alongside lectures and printed notes, ensuring compelling content delivery. Recognizing individual learning styles, she tailors her teaching to accommodate diverse needs, ensuring accessibility by recording and sharing all discussions.

Bruno noted that these efforts have earned her recognition both on campus and in the broader Columbus community, where former students praise her engaging teaching style, sincerity and approachability. Many attribute their favorable experiences with Collene's courses to their academic choices, including switching majors or adding minors in nutrition.

As a testament to her excellence, students provided overwhelmingly positive comments, including, “…enjoyed this class...excited to have her as my professor again next semester,” … “great conducive learning experience for me,” … “Amazing teacher who cares about students.”

“Her passion for education is palpable, and her impact resonates far beyond the confines of the syllabus, shaping the minds and futures of her students,” said Pope-Davis. “Angela’s unwavering commitment to the betterment of her students and the field of education makes her a truly outstanding recipient of this award.”

Collene, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, earned her MS from Ohio State in 2003. She was appointed as a lecturer of human nutrition in 2016 and received unanimous department support for her promotion to senior lecturer in 2021.

She is the co-author of two highly regarded nutrition textbooks: Wardlaw’s Contemporary Nutrition: A Functional Approach and Wardlaw’s Contemporary Nutrition, which is widely adopted for introductory-level nutrition courses.

“Angela’s work is impressive! Every year she reaches thousands of students and creates a personal and welcoming environment for each of them,” said Louchouarn. “Her dedication extends beyond the classroom as she consistently goes above and beyond to provide mentorship, guidance and support to her students, empowering them to thrive both academically and personally.”

Angela Collene receives a hug from her daughter.
Angela Collene receives a hug from her daughter during the surprise announcement.

Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer recipients are recognized with a $5,000 honorarium made possible by the Office of Academic Affairs. Honorees are also inducted into Ohio State’s Academy of Teaching. All associated faculty, including senior lecturers and full-time lecturers on all campuses who have taught undergraduate and/or graduate/professional students in the past three years, are eligible for this award.

Collene and other 2024 faculty award winners will be recognized on April 30 during the annual Faculty Awards Celebration.

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Surprise classroom visit photos

Senior leadership and family members celebrate with Angela Collene (third from left).

Students join in the surprise with Richard Bruno and Angela Collene.

Angela Collene's family surprise her during the classroom announcement.