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Dr. Andy Bain Named Mount Union’s Great Teacher for 2020

April 28, 2020

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union is proud to announce Dr. Andy Bain, associate professor of sociology and criminal justice and director of criminal justice studies, has been named its Great Teacher for 2020.

The award, typically presented as part of the institution’s annual Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation, was presented virtually through Mount Union’s social media channels on April 28 by Chad Johnson ’07, president of the Mount Union Alumni Association. 

A member of the Mount Union faculty since 2013, Bain earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Portsmouth, a post-graduate diploma in psychology from Open University, Milton Keynes, a Master of Science degree in criminal justice studies from University of Portsmouth and a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology/psychology from Southampton University.

One student nominator said, “Dr. Bain has been an incredible professor, he challenges his students on a daily basis. He has helped me figure out what I might want to do next along with helping me get the most gratifying internship I could imagine. If it weren’t for Dr. Bain, I probably wouldn’t have finished my education at Mount Union.” 

“I have had Dr. Bain for the past 3.5 years and I have learned so much about Criminal Justice and all it has to offer and it’s because of Dr. Bain I am so passionate about going into this line of work,” said another student nominator. 

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.  

Bain 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 and the president and immediate past president of the Alumni Association. 

View past winners and more information about the Great Teacher Award at