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Chemistry Professor Receives Teaching Award

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Emily Niemeyer selected for award funded by the United Methodist Church

Emily Niemeyer, a professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been selected to receive the 2009-2010 Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. Each year the Board allows the university to designate one teacher to receive this award, which includes a $500 cash prize.

Criteria for receiving the award include excellence in teaching; civility and concern for students and colleagues; commitment to value-centered education; and service to students, the institution and the community.

Niemeyer has been a member of the Southwestern faculty since 1998. In addition to teaching and serving as chair of her department, she has served as a member of the Budget Advisory Committee and is assisting with the university’s salary equity study.   

“Dr. Niemeyer always receives outstanding evaluations from both majors and non-majors,” said Provost Jim Hunt. “She exemplifies Southwestern University’s commitment to science literacy for all students and to the preparation of future leaders in the fields of chemistry and biochemistry.”