CSU’s Hrach Wins National Book Award

May 19, 2022

Dr. Susan Hrach’s book Minding Bodies: How Physical Space, Sensation, and Movement Affect Learning (WVU Press, 2021) recently won a Nautilus Book Award.

Minding Bodies aims to help instructors improve their students’ knowledge and skills through physical movement, awareness of the spatial environment, and sensitivity to humans as more than “brains on sticks”. It shifts the focus of adult learning from an exclusively mental endeavor to an embodied, sensory-rich experience, offering new strategies for maximizing the effectiveness of time spent learning together on campus as well as remotely.

“I wrote this book to advocate for a holistic view of learning. I am very proud to be honored by an organization dedicated to inspiration, imagination, wisdom and new possibilities,” says Hrach.

The Nautilus award follows Hrach’s spring guest appearances on Columbia University’s Dead Ideas in Teaching and Learning podcast and Vanderbilt University’s Leading Lines podcast. In April, she gave keynote speeches at the Military Scholarship Forum on Teaching and Learning and the USG Teaching and Learning Conference.

Hrach has taught English at Columbus State since 1999, and she also currently serves as the director of the CSU Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement. She is a past recipient of the CSU Faculty Service Award (2010), the USG Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (2013), and the CSU Living Our Values ​​Award (2018).

The Nautilus Book Award celebrates and honors books that support conscious living and green values, high-level wellness, positive social change and social justice, and spiritual growth. The awards program has recognized American and international writers annually since 1998. Minding Bodies was the winner in the Social Sciences and Education category.

For the full list of 2022 winners, visit https://nautilusbookawards.com/2022-winners-cat-21-29/.

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