Dr. Maryellen Potts Named IWC Teacher of the Year

Written by on April 28, 2011 in News

Written by Theresa Rose
Thursday, 28 April 2011

Iowa Wesleyan College Associate Professor of English, Dr. Maryellen Potts, was named 2011 Chadwick Teacher of the Year during the annual Awards Day ceremony April 28. Patricia Cody of Washington, Iowa, was named Extended Learning Instructor of the Year.

Potts, coordinator of the First Year Writing Program, joined the Iowa Wesleyan faculty in 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Connecticut College, her master’s degree in English from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in English Literature from The Union Institute in Cincinnati.

She served as assistant professor of English and area coordinator for writing and English at Mercer University (Atlanta) for five years before joining the Iowa Wesleyan faculty.

Potts is very active in campus and community events. She has served on numerous campus committees, including the Committee on Athletics, the Committee on Academic Standards and Review, and the Assessment Committee, which she chairs. She is a member of the Board of the REC Center, where she also is engaged in teaching.

In one nomination, a student said Potts “is always prepared, engages us to participate, pushes us to think things through thoroughly and engages us to think deeper than the surface level. She helps us to relate our learning to reality. She sets the bar high academically, which is what we need from our professors.”

Dr. Nancy Erickson, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Iowa Wesleyan, said the award recognizes Potts’ “high standards, contributions to the college and community and, of greatest importance, her devotion to student learning and success.”

The Chadwick Teacher of the Year Award has been presented annually at Iowa Wesleyan College since 1971. This honor was named for Dr. J. Raymond Chadwick, who served as president of Iowa Wesleyan College from 1950 to 1961. Recipients must demonstrate academic and professional excellence, quality of interaction with students, development of effective programs of high quality, and support of student growth and development.

Cody began teaching in the Iowa Wesleyan Extended Learning program in 1993. She has taught classes in Juvenile Delinquency, Sociology, Introduction to Social Work, Social Movements and Social Organizations on the off-campus sites at West Burlington and Muscatine, as well as on campus.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Quincy University and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa.

The Extended Learning Instructor of the Year Award has been presented annually at the College since 1997. This honor recognizes outstanding teaching through the Iowa Wesleyan College Extended Learning program

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