Tuesday, April 28, 2015

OU-C faculty member Tanya Hire named finalist for Innovation Award


By public relations student writer Madison Corbin

Ohio University Chillicothe faculty member Tanya Hire was recently named a finalist for the Outstanding Woman in Innovation Award at Southeast Ohio’s third annual Innovation Awards.  Hire’s involvement in the Bachelor of Science in Applied Management program on campus has earned her recognition as an ambitious and impactful leader.

A nomination in the category of “Outstanding Woman in Innovation” testifies to the commitment with which Hire fulfills her valued role on campus.  She has made her effort evident in versatile initiatives such as student business pitch competitions, supplemental instruction offerings, creative capstone courses, internship support, webinar series implementation and the enhancement of the applied management degree as a whole.

“I am always taking advantage of workshops and seminars that expose me to different methods of teaching,” said Hire.  “It is important for me to involve the student in the learning process by making it as active as possible.”

Hire employs a “flipped” classroom model that allows her students to engage in thorough explorations of material through presentations, discussions and case studies in class.  She favors practical application exercises in preparing her students for their professional pursuits and has partnered with external organizations to make hands-on opportunities available. 

Hire has developed a working relationship with the Pump House Art Gallery, having students design and develop a business plan for the gallery’s 2016 addition, as well as the Kanawha Project, implementing climate change awareness into her curriculum.  In the classroom, Hire works to cultivate the qualities that make her students competitive candidates in their industries of choice.

“A successful community is dependent on the citizens within it, and having the opportunity to contribute to my students’ academic careers to enable their future success is a prime motivating factor for me,” said Hire.  Her dedication comes from a sincere place.  “I love my job and look forward to working with each of my students . . . they are my inspiration.”

The applied management program equips students with both the knowledge and practices of advanced methods in business. Hire emphasizes the importance of industry experience and adaptability, ensuring that applied management students graduate with an in-depth understanding of an ever-evolving professional world. 

Southeast Ohio’s Innovation Awards celebrate exemplary innovators and entrepreneurs in the area.  Nominations are made by members of the community through an online submission form.  An external panel of judges selects finalists on a basis of specific criteria related to a total of five categories.  Hire felt both honored and inspired by the nomination.

“I was surprised and greatly honored to have been nominated,” she said.  “I hope in the future I can continue to innovatively contribute to OU-C and my student’s education.”

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