Gettysburg College grad named Ohio Professor of the Year

A Gettysburg College graduate was named Ohio Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Andrew Mickley, who majored in psychology and graduated from Gettysburg in 1970, is a professor of neuroscience at Baldwin-Wallace College.

“My experiences at Gettysburg helped shape so many aspects of my life, including my view of what makes a great faculty member. Drs. Paul D'Agostino, Sam Mudd, Ralph Cavaliere, and many others modeled caring and professional mentoring that went well beyond the classroom. The spirit of those models guides me to this day,” said Mickley, who went on to earn master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Virginia.

Another 1970 Gettysburg graduate who majored in psychology was named Professor of the Year for Virginia for 2006. Joann Hess Grayson is a professor of psychology at James Madison University.

Gettysburg College environmental studies Prof. John Commito was named Professor of the Year for Pennsylvania in 2007 and for Maryland in 1991.

Mickley's award was announced Nov. 20 in Washington, D.C.
Mickley built a research-based neuroscience major and minor and wrote successful grants to furnish and support a neuroscience laboratory at Baldwin-Wallace, where he has served since 1993. His primary areas of research are the neural substrate of fetal/neonatal behaviors and the role of glutamate and brain N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in early memory formation.

"Teaching is a way of life for Andy in that his passion for teaching and his commitment to helping students learn and become hooked on learning extends well beyond the classroom and research lab," said Baldwin-Wallace President Richard Durst. "Dr. Mickley treats every moment with a student as a teaching opportunity and, when not with students, he is about the business of creating new learning opportunities for them."

CASE and Carnegie select state winners from faculty members nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country. Support for the program comes from the TIAA-CREF financial services organization and higher education associations including Phi Beta Kappa. The Carnegie Foundation is the world's only advanced-study center for teachers. CASE is the largest international association of education institutions, serving more than 3,400 institutions in 61 countries.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With a student body of approximately 2,500, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Contact: Jim Hale, online content editor

Posted: Thu, 11 Dec 2008




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