Previous Winners

The John F. Liseno Program for Instructional Excellence Graduate Award

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PIE Program - Liseno Award winner Kate Pierson (second from right) at the Celebration for Graduate Student Excellence with Dr. Mark Riley, Dr. Judith Devine and Dr. Lisa Liseno (Left to Right). 

2018 - 19 Winner

Kate Hill




Kate Hill, a third year PIE Associate, and Ph.D candidate from the Department of Biological Science, has been selected as the 2018-2109 Recipient of the John F. Liseno Program for Instructional Excellence Graduate Award. This award supports graduate students involved in the PIE Program through a one-time travel award of up to $1000.00 for a PIE Associate to present their research on best practices and innovation in college teaching at a regional, national or international conference. Kate plans to use this award to attend the Society for the Advancement of Biological Education Research (SABER) National Meeting in Minneapolis in July, where she will share her research on student selection of primary literature for scientific writing.  She then plans to submit this work for publication in the Journal of College Science Teaching.

2017 - 18 Winner

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Kate Pierson




Kate Pierson, is our recipient for 2017-18. She is a PhD candidate and PIE Associate from the School of Theatre. As the recipient, Kate gave her presentation “Trigger Warning: Teaching Sensitive Subjects in the Theatre Studies Classroom” at the Pedagogy Symposium during the Mid-America Theatre Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in March 2018. She holds a BA in Theatre from FSU and a MA in Theatre Studies from Central Washington University. Her research interests include performance studies, community theatre, and 20th century British and American theatre, with a particular focus on historiographical concerns relating to representations of race, gender, and identity. Her dissertation examines the evolving creative process of British theatre practitioner, Ann Jellicoe. Through Jellicoe’s work, Kate explores the tension between amateur and professional theatre, the struggle to legitimize the significance of community plays within British theatre history, and the ways theatre can begin to address hidden histories of marginalized groups and practitioners. Kate loves discussing and problem-solving pedagogical concerns with other grad students and instructors. Kate’s spent the past eight years in college classrooms teaching both theatre majors and non-majors. Her favorite class to teach is Play Analysis.


2016 - 17 Winner

Brandon Brice




Brandon Brice, a former PIE Associate and doctoral candidate from the Department of Economics, is the second recipient of the John F. Liseno Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) Graduate Award. At the end of May, Brice presented at the Conference on Teaching and Research in Economic Education in Denver, Colorado. Brice’s paper, “Common Sense Economics: Quantitative Improvements in Economic Understanding,” reflects research from an introductory economics course that he teaches. The conference provided Brice a chance to receive feedback on his findings, gain valuable insights and strategies for teaching economics to undergraduates, and connect with other educators in the field.  

2015 - 16 Winner

Stephanie Bradley


Stephanie Bradley, a PIE Associate and doctoral student from the Department of Sociology, is the inaugural recipient of the John F. Liseno Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) Graduate Award. Stephanie will give a presentation in April at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference gives scholars from the southeast a chance to network and to share their research with one another.

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