Professors in the university’s psychology, English, physical therapy and school counseling programs were recipients of George Fox teaching and research/ scholarship awards for the 2014-15 academic year.
At the undergraduate level, Sue O’Donnell and Melanie Springer Mock were honored as the top teacher and scholar/researcher, respectively, while Andy Meszaros and Lori DeKruyf were recognized with the corresponding awards at the graduate level.
O’Donnell, an associate professor of psychology, is known for tough courses and a caring demeanor. She is lauded for being a mentor to students, helping them make career decisions, guiding them through university processes and systems, and advocating for them when needed. She regularly invites students into her home for events and study sessions.
Mock, an alumna of George Fox and a professor of English, both teaches students how to write and publishes prolifically herself. She has written or edited three books – including If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming all God Means for You to Be, set for a July 2015 release – and her essays have appeared in publications like Christianity Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Oregonian.
Students describe Meszaros, an associate professor of physical therapy, as organized, innovative and demanding. He expects students to bring their “A game” to class while at the same time reminding them that learning doesn’t stop at the end of class but that synthesis, analysis and critique continues outside of it.
DeKruyf, director of the university’s school counseling program, earned the top graduate researcher/ scholar honor for her scholarship and influence in the field of school counseling. Recently, she and two national collaborators edited a two-part edition of Professional School Counseling, the flagship journal of the American School Counseling Association. In addition to school counseling, DeKruyf’s research interests include cross-cultural mentorship, cultural sensitivity and social justice advocacy.