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WVU Parkersburg faculty member Phil McClung named W.Va. Professor of the Year|
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Parkersburg, W.Va. 11/18/11 – The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) have named Dr. Phil McClung of West Virginia University at Parkersburg the 2011 West Virginia Professor of the Year. McClung was selected from nearly 300 top professors in the United States.
McClung received an associate degree from Parkersburg Community College and his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from West Virginia University. He has been a member of WVU Parkersburg's Social Sciences Division since 1990. Prior to that, he served in various capacities in the college's student services division beginning in 1978, including tenure as director of its career planning and placement center.
A popular instructor, McClung teaches courses in psychology, human development, personality theories, industrial psychology, ecological psychology, organizational psychology and psychological assessment. In 2007 and 2008, he was named a runner-up for the West Virginia Professor of the Year annual award sponsored by the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia. Last year, he received the 2010 Wayne Weiten Teaching Excellence Award, a national honor awarded by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology to the best psychology professor at one of the country’s community colleges.
“It is quite an honor to receive this award,” said McClung. “It reflects on the outstanding students I’ve had through the years.”
The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country-those who excel as teachers and influence the lives and careers of their students. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards honoring undergraduate teaching. The Carnegie Foundation and CASE have been partners in offering this awards program since 1981. This year, there are 27 state winners. CASE assembled two preliminary panels of judges to select finalists. Winners were recognized at an awards luncheon and evening reception in Washington, D.C.
“We are honored to have Phil as a member of our faculty,” said Dr. Rhonda Tracy, senior vice president for academic affairs. “His long and outstanding career at the college has been consistently punctuated with exceptional performance.”
Criteria for winning the award includes extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching, which is demonstrated by excellence in the following areas: impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contribution to undergraduate education in the institution, community and profession; and support from colleagues and former undergraduate students. For more information, visit www.usprofessorsoftheyear.org.
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