William Cunion Named Mount Union Great Teacher
April 20, 2006
Mount Union College has named Dr. William Cunion, assistant professor of political science and chair of the Department of Political Science, as the College's 2006 Great Teacher.
The award was presented Thursday, April 20 at Mount Union's annual Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation.
A native of Massillon, Ohio, Cunion earned a bachelor of arts degree from Xavier University, a master's degree from Ohio University and a master's and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Before joining the faculty at Mount Union in 2003, Cunion served as a visiting assistant professor at Ohio University.
"Dr. Cunion has given me a great appreciation for our government system," said one senior nominating Cunion for the award. "He really goes above and beyond what is expected of him to get the ideas across to his students."
"In addition to being one of the most objective professors when it comes to politics or viewing issues rationally, his sense of humor and friendly attitude has made him one of the most popular and well liked professors on campus," another student nomination said.
"Politics had never been an interest to me," said another student's nomination. "After having Dr. Cunion I realized that I had a skewed view of this field."
"He cares about each and every student in his class and not just the political science majors," the student continued. "He wants his students to take something from his class and apply it to normal everyday life. As an exercise science major, he instilled that conviction in me."
"The term 'Great Teacher' does not even begin to describe what Dr. Cunion has done for me as a student and as a person," one nomination said. "Dr. Cunion is a great reason why students want to come to Mount Union."
The Great Teacher Award, initiated in 1962, is sponsored by the Alumni Association and recognizes excellence in teaching - the foundation upon which the reputation of Mount Union has been built.
Cunion 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.