Cedarville University Names Faculty Scholar

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University has named Dr. Mark McClain its 2004 Faculty Scholar. The award is presented annually to a University faculty member based on model classroom teaching, campus leadership, the use of pioneering teaching methodology, creative course development, and instructional support. Nominations for the award are accepted from the faculty at large and selection is made by the Faculty Committee to the President. McClain is an associate professor of chemistry at Cedarville University. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Cedarville in 1989 and earned his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1994. Prior to coming to Cedarville in 1996, McClain taught at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, N.M. Dr. Duane Wood, academic vice president, said, "Dr. McClain is an outstanding classroom and laboratory teacher. He has consistently received high student evaluations with comments about his accessibility to students outside of class. His on-campus activities have included service on the University Strategic Planning Committee and the Strategic Planning for Future Faculty Task Team. "Dr. McClain has coordinated and chaired the chemistry sub-department and led the chemistry curriculum conversion from quarters to semesters," Wood continued. "He organized the University`s first high school science and math recruiting day and he also judges local science fairs." As a faculty scholar, McClain has had 14 articles published in academic journals and has presented papers at several regional and national academic conferences, including the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, the Materials Research Society, and the American Ceramics Society. He has also served as a Faculty Research Fellow at the Air Force Research Laboratory. McClain resides in Xenia with his wife and five children. -Cedarville-