Tammatha has a long standing and exemplary record with the department of entomology. In 2009, shortly after graduating from the University of Maryland with her PhD in Entomology, she was recruited as a lecturer with the Department. Since then O’Brien has been teaching a variety of courses both within the College and outside – lectures, labs, online courses, many with large enrollment. In addition to O’Brien’s undergraduate teaching and advising roles she serves as the Director of the Department’s on-line Applied Entomology Master’s Program.
Tammatha has been recognized as a leader in teaching, receiving the Allen L. Steinhauer Award for Excellence in Teaching, CMNS Dean’s Outstanding Lecturer Award, Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the CMNS Board of Visitors Creative Educator Award. Furthermore, Tammatha received media mentions this Spring for her expertise in delivering outstanding online instruction to students. With energy and spirit, Tammatha rallied behind the universities move to transition all courses online due to COVID. She offered sage advice and encouragement to leading instructors and students as campus moved all courses to online instruction. Her efforts have been mentioned in the Washington Post and MD Today.
Please join me in congratulating Tammatha on reaching this important, well-deserved milestone!