May 08, 2014 : History Assistant Professor Named “Professor of the Year”
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – Assistant Professor of History Mark Nevin is the 2014 Professor of the Year at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington. It was announced at Honors Convocation on Friday, May 2.
“I was surprised,” said Nevin. “I knew I had been nominated, but I thought someone else would get it.”
Each year, Lancaster students who are members of the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa conduct a rigorous selection process to recognize a faculty member for excellence in teaching and the promotion of learning both inside and outside the classroom. The student selection committee solicits nominations, gathers supporting materials, and may visit classrooms as they make their choice. In 2013, the Professor of the Year award went to Business Management Technology Professor Brian Hoyt.
“It feels good to know you are making a difference with students,” said Nevin. “I try to make history more accessible in and out of the classroom. In the classroom, for example, I use team-based learning assignments to enable students to become historians in their own right by weighing historical evidence and drawing their own interpretations. Outside the classroom, I try to provide students with more opportunities to explore history. That is why I have worked with Professor Ping-Yuan Wang to create an internship program and in encouraging history students to take part in the undergraduate history conference in Athens.”
Nevin will now have his picture taken for a Professor of the Year display on the second floor of the Hannah V. McCauley Library. He will also be the keynote speaker at next year’s Honors Convocation. When asked if he knows what he will tell the Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington graduating class of 2015, Nevin said, “Not really. I have a year!”