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GCCCU Recognizes WC Prof with 'Celebration of Teaching' Honor

Mary Rose Zink Is 25-Year Member of Faculty

November 16, 2011

Mary Rose Zink

Mary Rose Zink

The Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges & Universities recognized a member of the Wilmington College’s psychology faculty with a 2011 Celebration of Teaching Award.

Mary Rose Zink, associate professor of psychology, received the honor Nov. 18 at the GCCCU’s 24th annual Celebration of Teaching Luncheon held at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.

Erika Goodwin, interim vice president for academic affairs, said Zink “lives a life of dedication to her students,” both inside and outside of the classroom.

“Mary Rose is a master teacher who strives to reach individual students and is constantly developing new curricula to expose her students to the most recent literature and research in the field of psychology,” she said.

“She is truly passionate about teaching and working with students, as evidenced by her 25-year tenure at Wilmington College.”

Zink, a member of the faculty since 1986, eared a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and philosophy from Marquette University, a Master of Science in psychology from the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. in psychology and educational leadership from the University of Dayton.

She received the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award presented by the Student Government Association and is a past recipient of the College’s Van Black Award for her commitment to students.

Prior to teaching at WC’s main campus, Zink was involved with the academic programs offered by the College at Warren, Lebanon and Franklin Correctional Institutions. She served for two years as that program’s assistant dean of academics and administration.

Zink has conducted a significant body of research with topics ranging from “A Study of College Students’ Attitudes toward Parents: Freshmen vs. Seniors,” “How to Grow a Peace Activist” and “The Private Terror of the Liberal Spirit: Gender Differences in Personality Traits and Life-Coping Strategies in the Prediction of Adolescent Suicide.”

Research projects currently in progress include “Dorothy Day: Peace Activist and Everyday Saint” and “Life after Stroke: Critical Lessons from a Stroke Survivor.”