Distinguished Faculty Named at PSU

May 9th, 2007 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H. –– Professors Jack Barry, Christopher Chabot and Gary Goodnough are the recipients of the 2007 Distinguished Teaching Awards at Plymouth State University.

Every spring, PSU presents the awards for excellence in teaching and service to the University community to an undergraduate faculty member, graduate faculty member and, for the first time, an adjunct faculty member. Nominations for these honors come from faculty and staff as well as students and alumni.

“It was awesome,” said Chabot. “Just knowing all the other distinguished teachers and to be included in that category makes me feel good about what I’m doing.”

The recipient of this year’s undergraduate award, Chabot is a visible presence in and outside the classroom for his students, bringing an unbridled enthusiasm to his work. The co-author of numerous scientific research experiments with his students, Chabot has helped develop a consistent flow of new researchers from PSU.

“We acknowledge your dedication to exploring the conceptual framework of higher education, your commitment of time to, and honest probing of, all levels of curriculum at Plymouth State University,” said Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie Bernier.

Barry, the adjunct faculty honoree, has positively impacted thousands of students’ lives in his 19 years at Plymouth State. His proposal, creation and continued leadership of the Math Activities Center has provided assistance to countless PSU students. That impact, however, is twofold. Not only do students who require assistance benefit, but the mathematics education majors who work as peer tutors get valuable teaching experience.

“You thoughtfully employ a variety of student-centered and activity-based teaching strategies to engage a diversity of learners, honoring their individuality and supporting their success,” said Bernier.

Goodnough has worked diligently to raise the level of the programs and increase the professionalism in PSU’s counseling program. He helped secure the accreditation for the Master of Education in Counselor Education, School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling Concentrations from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), making it the only nationally accredited program in New Hampshire.

Aside from his teaching and advising responsibilities in the College of Graduate Studies, Goodnough also works at the Counseling and Human Relations Center and recently helped design a master’s program in counseling for employees at the New Hampshire Division of Children Youth and Families.

“Gary is a dedicated professional who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in coordinating the Counselor Education degree programs,” said Dr. Dennise M. Maslakowski, associate vice president for the College of Graduate Studies.

Goodnough will be honored at the Graduate Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, while Barry and Chabot will be recognized at the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19.

For more information on this release, please contact Kevin D. Anderson at kdanderson@plymouth.edu or at (603) 535-2211.