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President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

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I am pleased to announce that Dr. Robert W. Matson, Professor of History will be presented the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching during Commencement on May 4.

Dr. Matson earned his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon, M.A. degree at San Diego State University, and B.A. degree at California State University at Fresno.

Dr. Matson joined the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown faculty in the Division of Social Sciences in 1983. He is an accomplished teacher and scholar. His students find him to be progressive, inspirational, and challenging. They attest to his demand for excellence and to his rigor in the classroom. Additionally, his students view him as a motivator, as a mentor, and as an individual for whom they have tremendous respect.

Dr. Matson continues to be very active professionally. His publications include books, monographs, book reviews, and chapters in books. Additionally he has served as editor of selected work and has contributed many presentations at professional conferences.

In his own words:

"But there is more to good teaching than content alone. I devote nearly as much attention to the science and art of presentation as to my academic discipline itself. My classes are in a more-or-less constant state of revision, even those I have now taught many times over. I never offer a course without incorporating new material or trying new methods of presentation and evaluation."

"I would like to believe that I am a person who continues to grow both intellectually and experientially, and I would assert that a dynamic view of life has direct implications for the way one teaches."

"The other relevant personal trait I would mention is that I believe it is a sin to bore people, whether in a university classroom or anywhere else."

"In any case, what could be more thrilling and engaging than rigorous thought? It is one of the missions of a committed scholar to show students that becoming deeply absorbed in meaningful study is, in fact, highly entertaining."

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