Dr. Scott Mason Named 2012 Great Teacher

April 19, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union has named Alliance resident Dr. Scott Mason ‘89, professor of chemistry and director of the pre-health program, as the 2012 Great Teacher. The award was presented on Tuesday, April 17 at Mount Union’s annual Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation.

“I don’t really know what to say. I’m honored,” Mason said after receiving the award. “I was honored to be named to this faculty in the first place. I can’t say what this means to me, thank you very much.”

Mason, a summa cum laude graduate of Mount Union, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and went on to earn a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of South Carolina.

A member of the Mount Union faculty since 2001, Mason is a dedicated and active professor and his list of accomplishments on and off campus is extensive. He is the director of the pre-health professions program and has conducted workshops and summer camps for local high school chemistry teachers and students in fourth through sixth grades respectively. He serves on a number of campus committees, including the Committee on Athletics and Cross-Curricular Development Committee. On a professional level, he is a member of the American Chemical Society and serves as the local coordinator of the United States National Chemistry Olympiad.

In addition, Mason is an avid researcher, publishing more than 30 articles and reviews and offering presentations at numerous meetings, workshops and institutions. He has received grant funding from organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the Stark County Educational Foundation.

In 2005, Mason was recognized by Mount Union’s fraternity and sorority community as the Outstanding Faculty Member. He has also received the B.P. America/Miles Laboratory Award, Department of Education Fellowship and Bouknight Teaching Assistant Award.

“My nominee is truly a selfless man who constantly works to help others succeed; however, many people are unaware of all his efforts because he never boasts of his accomplishments,” one student nominator wrote of Mason. “Mount Union would be hard-pressed to find a better teacher, friend or man.”

The Great Teacher Award, initiated in 1962, is sponsored by the Mount Union Alumni Association to recognize excellence in teaching. Mason was 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 Alumni Council and the president of the National Cabinet of Mount Union Women.


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