Wall to Receive University's Excellence in Teaching Award
Andrew Wall, assistant professor in educational leadership, will receive this year’s G. Graydon ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Nontenured Member of the Faculty. He will be honored with a citation for his outstanding teaching at the Warner School Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 15, in Strong Auditorium.
The University-wide award is given annually to recognize an untenured faculty member who excels in both teaching and research.
Wall has impressed his students and colleagues with both his teaching and doctoral advising abilities. His exemplary teaching extends across eight courses, each of which he created or revamped, and his doctoral advising is unprecedented as demonstrated by his involvement as program advisor for 18 students, serving as their dissertation chair or committee member.
Since joining the faculty in 2006, Wall has been charged with and successful at redesigning the higher education program curriculum. His vision and efforts have helped to attract a growing number of students, thus more than doubling enrollment in the program over the past three years.
“My role as chair of Andrew’s department has afforded me additional insight into his exemplary teaching and advising abilities,” says Brian Brent, associate dean for graduate studies and chair of the educational leadership program. “He is an exceptional teacher and committed advisor who is worthy of this award, and his efforts warrant high praise and recognition.”
Wall’s teaching, advising, and program improvement efforts supplement an already impressive scholarly and service record. He focuses his research in the areas of college student health and learning; assessment and evaluation; and organization, governance, and policy of higher education. He has been the primary investigator on grant projects that examine alcohol abuse prevention, recent teacher graduates, state education funding formulas, and entrepreneurial leadership in higher education.
Wall has published numerous books, book chapters, and articles, with his most recent published research focusing on college student alcohol use, assessment and evaluation in higher education, and organizational factors related to student success in higher education. He continues to serve as a member on Warner’s admissions and financial aid committee.
Prior to joining the Warner School, he directed a statewide higher education evaluation project and worked as a social policy researcher and in student affairs. Wall received a doctorate in higher education policy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.