April 06, 2010

ALLIANCE, Ohio - Mount Union College has named Dr. Rebecca Stevens, assistant professor of sociology, as the College's 2001 Great Teacher.

The award was presented Thursday, April 26 at Mount Union's annual Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation.

Initiated in 1962, the award is sponsored by the Alumni Association and recognizes excellence in teaching - the foundation upon which the reputation of Mount Union has been built.

Stevens was chosen as this year's Great Teacher by a selection committee consisting of the officers of the senior class, the two past recipients of the Great Teacher Award, the president and immediate past president of the Alumni Association and the president of the National Cabinet of Mount Union Women.

Nominations from the seniors included some of the following comments about Stevens:"I only had one class with Dr. Stevens for an introduction to sociology class, but it has impacted my career now and will in the future. I believe that Dr. Stevens has a fire and passion for her job, teaching and her students. She also cares about individuals beyond the classroom, asking us how things are going in our social lives."

"Dr. Stevens is a professor who has made a difference in my college career. I have had her for three classes, one of which was the introduction to sociology course. After sitting through that class and seeing how effectively she taught the materials, I knew she was a different teacher. Dr. Stevens cares about her students and the knowledge they take from her class. Her willingness to meet with students to answer any questions is also above the call of duty. She goes out of her way to make herself available to students."

"Dr. Stevens has been one of the most excellent teachers that I have ever had. She was the instructor for my corrections class. She was able to keep the class very interesting. Through her teaching, she inspired me to become involved in the correctional process. She included many current events in the curriculum. Dr. Stevens also encouraged debate among the students in her class, yet when we were discussing controversial issues, she always seemed interested in every student's point of view."

A 1980 graduate of Mount Union, Stevens received her bachelor of arts degree majoring in both sociology and psychology. She went on to receive her master of arts and doctorate degrees in sociology from The University of Akron.

Before becoming a full-time faculty member at Mount Union in 1996, Stevens taught at several colleges throughout Ohio. These included The University of Akron, Capital University, Cuyahoga Community College, John Carroll University, Kent State University and Notre Dame College of Ohio.

Her teaching interests include areas such as introduction to sociology, social problems, criminology, juvenile delinquency and deviance and sociology of law.

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