Faculty Recognized in 'OHIO' Excellence in Education Issue

Mary Ellen Batiuk, Donald Troike and Michael Snarr Praised for Contributions to Teaching and Student Learning

November 27, 2012

OHIO magazine recognized three Wilmington College faculty members in its 2012 Excellence in Education section of the December issue.

They are Mary Ellen Batiuk, professor of social and political studies; Donald Troike, professor of biology; and Michael Snarr, professor of social and political studies.

Erika Goodwin, interim vice president for Academic Affairs, nominated the professors for OHIO’s annual recognition of outstanding college and university faculty members.

Batiuk is in her 40th year of teaching and 29th at the College, where she has served as professor, division chair, dean of Correctional Education and area coordinator for the Social Sciences.

“Mary Ellen has demonstrated excellence in teaching in her incorporation of technology into the design of her courses,” Goodwin said, “and in providing opportunities for students to hone their skills in research and statistics by participating in regional conferences.”

Troike, a member of the biology faculty since 1977, will be retiring at the end of the academic year. Goodwin cited his development and teaching of the Life Science by Inquiry course designed primarily for pre-service science teachers.

“The course teaches without lectures; rather, the students learn by discovery based on specific activities intended to reveal significant biological principles,” she said, noting that students also conduct numerous research projects to learn the nature of the scientific endeavor.

“Don has carried this concept into the lab courses he teaches to biology majors as well.”

Snarr, the director of Global Education and the Honors Program, regularly teaches the courses, Introduction to Global Issues, Global Politics, Case Studies in Nonviolence and the newly developed Global Politics of Food.

Goodwin also noted several of Snarr’s activities outside the traditional classroom that enhance student learning.

“Michael has taken students to Washington D.C., where they learn how to lobby; also the Introducing Global Issues editions he edited with his father, Neil, have featured chapters written by his students,” Goodwin said, adding that Snarr recently edited and published another book, Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective: Domestic and International Influences on State Behavior.