Newsmaker: Michael Curran
Noteworthy: Strayer University gave Curran its Faculty Award of Excellence. Curran has recorded more than 5,000 teaching videos this year to interact with online college students and explain course materials to them.
Occupation: Curran is a full-time faculty member at Strayer's Warrendale campus in Marshall. He teaches undergraduate and graduate philosophy, humanities, history and business courses both online and on campus. He's also a part-time faculty member teaching communications at Robert Morris University.
Background: Curran has taught at Penn State University's main campus and at Pittsburgh Technical Institute. The Journal of Online Learning and Teaching recently accepted an article he wrote about using video to engage students, to be published early in 2014.
Education: He received a bachelor's degree in history from Slippery Rock University in 1984, a Master's of Business Administration from Chatham University in 2004 and a Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris in 2013.
Quote: “Tone of voice, things you will miss online in typing, even a smile, that type of empathy is what helps you build connections in a classroom. (After seeing a video) students have told me it's so nice just to see you smile at me when you've told me I've done a good job.”