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Modaff and Greenlee receive 2005 Presidential Teacher Awards

ATHENS, Ohio (June 29, 2005) -- Ohio University Professors Daniel Modaff and Richard Greenlee were honored with Presidential Teacher Awards, effective July 1.

Daniel Modaff photo by Rick FaticaAn Ohio University faculty member since 1995, Modaff is an associate professor in the School of Communication Studies in the College of Communication. He earned his doctorate in organizational communication, and language and social interaction from the University of Texas at Austin.

The co-author of a textbook on organizational communication, Modaff also has written two book chapters and numerous articles published in leading professional journals. He also co-developed Communi-Coach, a speech and performance evaluation software, and produced a variety of public radio features.

"I am honored to have been chosen for the Presidential Teacher Award 2005-08," Modaff said. "The selection process was intense, but provided a much needed opportunity for self-reflection about my teaching practices and philosophy. The interactions with the selection committee were very meaningful to me, and I am very appreciative of their time and effort in reviewing material, observing classes and interviewing the candidates. I know there are much more deserving faculty members than I, but I will do my best to serve the university community as a Presidential Teacher."

Modaff has also been voted the 2004 Outstanding Senior Faculty Member and a 2005-06 University Professor. He served as commencement speaker at the graduate commencement, Friday, June 10.

Richard GreenleeGreenlee, a former clinical social worker for the U.S. Air Force, is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Social Work in the College of Arts and Sciences. He earned his master's degree in social work at the University of Pittsburgh and his doctorate in social work at The Ohio State University.

He received the University Professor Award in 1994-95 and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award in 2001. He also received the Division of Student Affairs Faculty Contribution Award in 1999.

"It is an honor to be selected for the Presidential Teacher Award," Greenlee said. "Teaching, mentoring and advising are at the core of everything we do in the Department of Social Work. It is a privilege to have a position where I get the opportunity to prepare the next generation of professional social workers who will serve our communities. I take this responsibility seriously and appreciate the university's willingness to recognize the importance of teaching and mentoring through the establishment of this award."

Greenlee teaches courses in social work administration, social work practice and alcoholism. He has published in the areas of mental health, workfare, rural homelessness and poverty. He frequently presents at local, state and national conferences on cultural competence and Appalachian culture. The National Association of Social Workers recently elected Greenlee as president of the Ohio Chapter in Columbus, Ohio.

The Presidential Teacher Awards were established to identify faculty for their excellence as teachers both inside and outside the classroom. Those selected for the Presidential Teacher Award receive $15,000, divided into three yearly stipends of $5,000 each, and hold the title "Presidential Teacher" for that time.

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Media Contact: Daniel Modaff, (740) 593-4839, and Richard Greenlee, (740) 593-1291

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