Iowa Wesleyan College Assistant Professor of Psychology, Dr. Cyndi Walljasper, was named 2012 Chadwick Teacher of the Year during the annual Awards Day ceremony April 26. Dennis Inman of Muscatine, Iowa, was named Extended Learning Instructor of the Year.
Walljasper joined the Iowa Wesleyan faculty in 2007. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Iowa Wesleyan and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri, Rusk Rehabilitation Center in Columbia, Missouri.
Prior to joining the faculty, Walljasper had a clinical practice with Family Medicine of Mt. Pleasant and taught classes through the Iowa Wesleyan College Extended Learning program. She has extensive research experience and has been published in The Iowa Psychologist, The Graduate Student Journal of Psychology and The Clinical Neuropsychologist. She has also co-authored several grant proposals.
In one nomination, a student said Walljasper “takes a lot of her time to encourage her students’ development both scholastically and personally. She is truly an inspiration to us.” A colleague noted “She works hard to engage (students) in the classroom, provides them with meaningful experiential learning opportunities, and readily volunteers to assist them whenever necessary after her normal work day is done.”
Dr. Nancy Erickson, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Iowa Wesleyan, said the award recognizes Walljasper’s “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.
Walljasper is also receiving the Exemplary Teaching award from the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.
Inman began teaching in the Iowa Wesleyan Extended Learning program in 2006. He has taught classes in college algebra and trigonometry on the Muscatine Community College campus every year since.
He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Truman State University. In addition to serving as a middle school and high school math teacher, he has served in the United States Air Force. He has also been a mathematics subject-area consultant for the College Board.
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.