Center for Excellence Honoree: Angela Mattie
Angela Mattie is continuously striving to improve her teaching methods to meet the ever-changing demands of graduate education. She is passionate about teaching, her students and their success.
Mattie, associate professor in the Healthcare Management and Organizational Leadership department in the School of Business and Engineering, has been recognized for her efforts with Quinnipiac University's most prestigious faculty honor, the Excellence in Teaching Award. She was honored at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Service to Students ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Recreation Center on the Mount Carmel Campus.
"In the classroom, Professor Mattie practices the most valuable teaching methods that a business school professor can offer," said Austin Potter, who earned his master of business administration from the University last year. "She stresses the importance of active learning. Class participation is crucial to the success of her courses and she truly invests herself into the development of each and every one of her students."
Mattie's lessons extend far beyond the curriculum, Potter said. "There is only so much teaching that can happen within the walls of a classroom, but her classroom isn't defined by the room she is assigned on campus," he said. "The entire community is her classroom and she knows how to use it. She understands the importance of building relationships with leaders in the health care industry and she creates venues to allow her students to have the opportunities to do so."
Matthew O'Connor, dean of the School of Business, said he was not surprised by the recognition. "Angela is one of the hardest working, best connected and most student-oriented members of the faculty," O'Connor said. "She is the key ingredient in the success and advancement of our health care management programs."
When not helping students, she works diligently to promote and advance the University's health care management programs, the School of Business and the University, O'Connor said. "Whether it is finding students the right internships, working with the governor's office to advance statewide health care initiatives or serving the broader national interests throughout her Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship, Angela Mattie is one of Quinnipiac's best," said O'Connor.
In addition to motivating students, Mattie has inspired her colleagues. "Angela Mattie is a colleague, a good friend and more importantly, an inspiration for anyone who seeks to be a master teacher," said David Cadden, professor of entrepreneurship and strategy. "I have seen her conduct her classes and I have always been amazed. She has the ability to involve her students to make them active participants in their own learning."
Mattie, a Quinnipiac alumna and parent, said the award is particularly poignant. "It really means something special because it comes from my work with my students," she said. "I feel extremely honored and privileged to be part of a community that fosters learning and encourages interdisciplinary and collaborative work."
Teamwork is an important component to leading and managing in an organization, Mattie said. To that end, Mattie incorporates at least one major deliverable in each of her courses that involves working in a team.
"I structure these projects so students can benefit from one another's expertise," she said. "Significant improvements in our health care system require professionals who respect each other's discipline and expertise."
As part of her work, she is the co-coordinator for the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine healthcare management concentration course.
"Angela Mattie has been a leader promoting interprofessional initiatives between the School of Business and the School of Medicine that profoundly enhance the education of our charter class of medical students," said Dr. Thomas Murray, associate professor of medical sciences in the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. "Her expertise in health management and dedication to patient safety initiatives are invaluable to our medical students as they learn about these critically important issues against the backdrop of a constantly changing health care system. Angela embodies how the collaborative culture amongst faculty at Quinnipiac University can lead to excellence in student-centered educational programs."
Journalists have recognized Mattie's expansive experience, knowledge and uncanny ability to break complex topics down into more easily understandable information.
"Throughout her career at Quinnipiac, Angela has always made herself available to explain complex health care issues to local, regional and national journalists," said John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations. "Angela's intelligence combined with her warm personality have made her one of the media's most sought-after health care experts. She truly understands how important it is for faculty members to share their knowledge with journalists, thereby increasing the University's visibility in the media. The University is extremely fortunate to have a knowledgeable person like Angela on its faculty, and I am lucky to be able to call her a friend."
Also being honored with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Service to Students Award are: Camille Bracale, a custodian; Leonard Engel, professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences; Heidi Erickson, senior associate director of admissions; Andri Smith, associate professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Marion Sparago, secretary in the School of Education.
Each recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award, a Center for Excellence sculpture and their names will be carved into the stone plaque in the Arnold Bernhard Library. They will also be featured in "Quinnipiac Magazine" and attend a luncheon with President John L. Lahey in April.
Members of the University community may nominate faculty and staff for next year's awards through April 15, 2014. Learn more.