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Thursday, November 13, 2003
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Marshall professor Steven P. Mewaldt earns prestigious honor
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Dr. Steven P. Mewaldt, a professor of psychology at Marshall University, has been selected as the 2003 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching West Virginia Professor of the Year.
Mewaldt is in Washington, D.C., today with other state winners attending the official announcement of his award and other celebratory events, including an awards luncheon at the National Press Club and an evening reception on Capitol Hill. He has been in Marshall’s Department of Psychology since 1975 and its Department of Pharmacology since 1988.
“Steve is very deserving of this award,” said Marty Amerikaner, professor and chair of Marshall’s psychology department. “He is a person who works extremely hard and extremely well with students at all levels, undergraduate through graduate. He really wants students to succeed.”
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) administers the Professors of the Year program. CASE President Vance T. Peterson and Lee S. Shulman, President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, praised Mewaldt and Marshall for what they called an “outstanding achievement.”
Mewaldt, a native of La Crosse, Wisc., was nominated for the Professor of the Year award after being awarded MU’s Marshall & Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award for 2002-03.
“This is really exciting for Marshall University for one of our outstanding faculty members to be honored in this way,” said Sarah Denman, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Steve Mewaldt is representative of the best that Marshall University has to offer students in their classroom experiences.”
Mewaldt came to Marshall from the University of Iowa, where he earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology. He made it clear that while the Professor of the Year honor is gratifying, helping students succeed in the classroom is his priority.
“It’s nice to get some recognition for something that I’ve spent most of my life doing,” Mewaldt said. “And, it’s nice for Marshall to earn some recognition. It’s obviously rewarding when you can get students to understand something they’re struggling with. Teaching things like statistics, making it clearer for them, I find most rewarding.”
Besides the Reynolds award, Mewaldt has been honored three other times at Marshall. He was given the award for Distinguished Research in the Social Sciences in 1986, and won the Meet-the-Scholars Award in 1987 (MU’s top faculty award for research at that time). In 1988, Mewaldt was named Researcher of the Year by Sigma Xi.
“Steve has a terrific reputation as a classroom instructor, as evidenced not just by his student evaluations, but also by his continual involvement over the years with the Yeager Scholars program,” Amerikaner said. “He’s actively involved in research and he involves his students in research. He’s a terrific faculty member.”
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was founded in 1905 by Andrew Carnegie “to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold and dignify the profession of teaching.” The foundation conducts research and policy studies on teaching and learning.
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the largest international association of education institutions, serving more than 3,200 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in 46 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information and standards in the fields of education fund raising, communications and alumni relations.
A photo of Mewaldt for use by the media, is available at http://www.marshall.edu/ucomm/muphoto.html.