Social work professor recognized for teaching excellence

Photo of Linda Reeser.

Dr. Linda Reeser

Dr. Linda Reeser, professor of social work and coordinator of the undergraduate program offered through Western Michigan University's School of Social Work, has been selected to receive the 2011–12 College of Health and Human Services Teaching Excellence Award. She will be recognized at a college event in the fall of 2011 and will receive a monetary award.

Reeser's nomination included multiple letters of support from students, faculty and community members. Current and former students, as well as colleagues, noted her passion for her course subjects and her dynamic teaching style. They know her to be a tough, challenging teacher who helps students learn valuable information that will benefit them as professionals. The overriding theme of the nomination and support was that she has high standards for herself and her students, in whom she invests heavily, and that she is committed to community involvement.

Reeser creatively uses case studies and other innovative methods that help to stimulate independent and critical thinking in her students. She also values learning from students, as she mentors, empowers and advocates for them. She is available to students within and outside of the classroom, and serves as a liaison for field placements and an advisor to Eta Eta Sigma, the social work student organization.

As a Recipients Rights Advocate, and through activities such as speeches, continuing education workshops and community service, Reeser shares her expertise and instructional ability with organizations and other academic units at the University. She is accomplished in her field and is both a consummate educator and a lifelong learner.

Reeser was one of six College of Health and Human Services faculty members nominated for the 2011–12 Teaching Excellence Award, and Dean Earlie Washington wishes to thank everyone who nominated and expressed support for the Teaching Excellence Award.

"The volume and sincerity of nominations this year was impressive," Washington notes. "Thanks to all for helping to create a supportive environment in which teaching is highly valued."