Plymouth, N.H.—Dr. Warren Mason received the 2003 Distinguished Teacher Award for the Master of Business Administration degree program at Plymouth State College at the faculty meeting on Wednesday, May 7. He will also receive a plaque at the graduate commencement ceremony on May 10.
Mason is a professor in both the business department and the department of communication studies, the only full, tenured professor in two departments at PSC. At the graduate level, he teaches organizational communication (and recently created a new certificate program in this field within the MBA program) and corporate public relations.
“I’ve been in the program a long time, but there are a lot of extraordinarily talented teachers in the MBA program. It’s an honor,” says Mason. He speaks highly of his MBA students, pointing out that most are adults who have come back to school. “They bring ‘real world’ experience with them, not just in business but in travel and life.” He is proud of being able to design projects for his students that they can take back to their employers, many of whom are paying their tuition, and put to immediate use.
The award citation notes “your style of teaching is informative, thought provoking and challenging … not only do you use ‘real life’ experience to enhance your courses, you integrate students’ class work into their careers …your input and insight contributed greatly to the creation of the MBA certificate in organizational communication … [you] require students to go outside of their comfort zones [and] to give something back to their companies.”
Mason also brings ‘real world’ experience to the academic world. A native of Nashua, N.H., he began his career teaching junior high and high school, then moved into the business world, working variously as an investment representative, a principal in the hotel/restaurant industry and as an advertising and promotion manager for financial institutions. He received his Ed.D. from Boston University in English and communication in 1980, and joined Plymouth State’s business department in 1982.
Mason is a member of the Association of Professional Communication Consultants and advises industry and business organizations on public relations and media issues. He is active in the James Jones Literary Society, which awards fellowships to new authors.
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