Dr. Robert Woodward Named 2015 Mount Union Great Teacher

April 27, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – During the University of Mount Union’s Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation ceremony last week, the prestigious Great Teacher Award for 2015 was presented to Dr. Robert Woodward, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Created in 1962, the Great Teacher Award is given annually to recognize a faculty member’s dedication to the institution and student body. Sponsored by the Alumni Association, this award recognizes excellence in teaching – the foundation upon which the reputation of the University of Mount Union has been built.

Recipients are chosen 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.

Woodward has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 2012. He currently serves as a member of the Student Conduct Board, the Cross Curricular Development Committee and the PRO Team. His research interests focus on the synthesis of small molecules to aid in the study of bacterial mechanisms.

One of Woodward’s students spoke highly of his teaching style, saying, “Dr. Woodward is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had the privilege of taking a course with. He was always available and encouraged us to ask questions inside and outside the classroom.”

Another student stated, “Dr. Woodward takes some of the most challenging courses offered at Mount Union and makes them seem easy without at all comprising the amount and depth of the material learned. It was apparent that he spent a great deal of time outside of the classroom preparing lectures and foreseeing questions that students may have had.”

Woodward earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry, a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in synthetic organic chemistry, all from The Ohio State University.

Thanking parents and family members of students in attendance, Woodward noted that they have made it possible for him to work with many “bright young minds” at Mount Union.

“It’s been a pleasure working with so many of you the last few years,” he said. “Many of you were part of my first organic chemistry class here at Mount Union. I can honestly say that you definitely set the bar very high for future classes of Mount Union students.”


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