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  1. 1. WMU honors two for teaching excellenceKALAMAZOO—Western Michigan University is honoring Dr. Jon Adams, associate professor of English, andDr. Richard Malott, professor of psychology, for being exceptional educators and mentors and demonstratingoutstanding dedication in their work.The pair will be recognized as recipients of Distinguished Teaching Awards during WMUs Academic Convoca-tion at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The annual event includes WMU President JohnM. Dunns State of the University address along with the presentation of other campuswide awards honoring thisyears Emerging Scholars and the recipients of the Distinguished Service and Make a Difference awards.Initiated in 2006, the Distinguished Teaching Award is the highest honor given by the University to recognize fac-ulty members for their work with. Adams and Malott join 14 other faculty members who have been honoredsince the start of the award program. A similar program, the WMU Alumni Association Teaching ExcellenceAward, was conducted between 1966 and 2001 and honored 131 faculty members.Dr. Jon AdamsAdams joined the faculty in 2003. A published author, he studies the cultural meanings of manhood and heroismas they inform American national identity. He is an Honorary Faculty Inductee to Sigma Tau Delta, the Interna-tional English Honor Society.His former students praised him for being generous with his time and being an engaged mentor."He makes the classroom an exciting space of possibilities, and I felt as his student that he was always challeng-ing me to reach my very best and come into my own as a scholar," wrote a former graduate student.His reputation among students is that, "hes tough, and hes the best," according to another former student whosaid his name on a class listing is big draw for students to sign up for a class. He challenges students to reflect ontheir work and dig deep into topics, the student continued."I was encouraged, specifically and with helpful direction, to develop my analyses beyond the scope of my origi-nal response."Adams is the author of the book "Male Armor: The Soldier-Hero in Contemporary American Culture," and hiswork has appeared in Studies in American Culture, Harringtons Gay Mens Fiction Quarterly and Gender Fo-rum.Dr. Richard MalottMalott has been a member of the WMU faculty since 1966 when he co-founded the Universitys behavior-analysisprogram.In the classroom, Malott believes it is important for students to be actively engaged in the learning and connectwhat he is teaching to real-world experiences, according to a former student."In his books, teaching, presentation and stories about his everyday life, it was always clear as a student that Dr.Malott not only taught content about psychology, he applied it in his life and was passionate about explaining theways others could do so to improve their own lives or society at large."Other former students have referred to Malott as a "perfect example of educational excellence," and "not only a
  2. 2. pioneer, but an innovator," in that he takes students under his wing as a mentor inside and outside of the class-room."Dr. Malott invests in every single one of his students, and that investment continues to grow and mature evenafter graduation."An example of his activism for students outside of the classroom was in 2002-03 during a behavioral conference.At that time, he designed and paid for about 250 anti-mentalism T-shirts, distributed them at the conference for$10 to $15 donations each, and gave all of the proceeds to the Student Fund of the Association for BehaviorAnalysis.He has received two Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards and helped start the Association for Behavior Analysis In-ternational. Malott has presented in 13 countries and co-authored "Principles of Behavior," a book previouslyknown as "Elementary Principles of Behavior." Malott received ABAI s 2002 Award for Public Service in Behav-ior Analysis—now called the Award for Scientific Translation—and was elected ABAI president in 2010.Related articlesWMU to recognize top four staff members for 2011-12 | Sept. 17, 2012Two honored with Distinguished Service Award | Sept. 13, 2012Three professors lauded as emerging scholars | Sept. 9, 2012