Four Wilmington College Faculty Members Recognized by SOCHE

April 19, 2006

WILMINGTON, Ohio - Four Wilmington College faculty members were honored April 21 at the Teaming for Total Learning Conference hosted by the Dayton-based Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE).

Recognized for outstanding pedagogy were Lisa Bauer, assistant professor of education; Dore Meinholtz, professor of chemistry; Joyce Dozier, associate professor of criminal justice; and Catherine Roma, associate professor of music.

Bauer, a WC faculty member since 2003, holds a doctor of education degree from the University of Cincinnati. The 2004-05 recipient of the WC Cincinnati Branches’ “Outstanding Faculty Award,” she is known for placing an emphasis on multicultural education and for her interest in service learning, family literacy and teacher education in second language acquisition.

Kathy Springsteen, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, said Bauer’s students “speak glowingly” of her competence, energy, commitment and kindness.

“Lisa has been an exceptional presence in the elementary education major and has worked tirelessly for her students,” she said.

Meinholtz, a member of the chemistry faculty since 1991, received her Ph.D. from Duke University. She encourages student attendance at science conferences and learning outside of the classroom, in addition to facilitating laboratory projects that simulate an authentic research environment.

“Dore is a dedicated teacher who is always available for her students when they need help or advice,” Springsteen said. “Also, she is a leader on campus in using innovative techniques in the classroom.”

Dozier, a member of the social science/criminal justice faculty since 1991, holds a Ph.D. from Kent State University. Her criminal justice students have taken trips to correctional facilities to learn more about those institutions and the people who are part of the system.

“Joyce’s enthusiasm and creativity make her a ‘one of a kind’ teacher according to her colleagues,” Springsteen added. “She reaches her students in a unique way and they often remain in touch with her throughout their lives.”

Roma, who has a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Cincinnati, has been a member of WC’s music faculty since 1993. She conducts the College Chorale and has been especially acclaimed as director of the Umoja Men’s Chorus, which is comprised of incarcerated persons at Warren Correctional Institution.

Also, she is founder/director of MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Chorus and the director/co-founder of the Cincinnati-based Martin Luther King Day Chorale. Roma recently published the book, “The Choral Music of Twentieth Century Women Composers Elisabeth Lutyens, Elizabeth Maconchy and Thea Musgrave.”

“Cathy has consistently set new standards and benchmarks for Wilmington College in all areas of teaching both fine arts and global issues courses,” Springsteen said. “She has been praised for her ability to engage a wide variety of students who have a broad range of abilities.” SOCHE is a consortium of 22 colleges and universities dedicated to advancing higher education in the region through active collaboration, resource and knowledge building, and effective professional development programs.