Valparaiso University has honored Amanda Zelechoski, Ph.D., as the inaugural recipient of its Arts and Sciences Emerging Teacher Award, which encourages and recognizes excellence in teaching among junior faculty members.
“It is an incredible honor to receive the inaugural A&S Emerging Teacher Award. As I am surrounded by some of the best teachers I have encountered in my career, to be recognized in this way is truly humbling,” Professor Zelechoski said.
Professor Zelechoski joined Valpo’s psychology department in fall 2011. Her scholarship focuses primarily on investigating psychological issues faced by underserved children and adolescents in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Professor Zelechoski strives to improve the systemic experiences of at-risk youth through research to reduce their future risk of engaging in violent behavior.
“Amanda has established herself as a highly effective and engaging teacher,” Jon Kilpinen, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said. “It is clear that both students and peers recognize her as a superb teacher.”