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May 19, 2015

Mayer receives Paul Stirnaman Award


Chris Mayer and Pam SmithSocial Science instructor Chris Mayer began his teaching career at Cowley College in 1998. Now, as he prepares to end his time at the school, Mayer will leave with a final gift as the long-time instructor was named the recipient of the Paul Stirnaman Award for Teaching Excellence during a reception Monday in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.


The award is named for Paul Stirnaman, a long-time Social Science Department instructor and strong supporter of the College Education Association (CEA). He died June 16, 2000, following a lengthy illness.


“We consider Chris most deserving of this award,” Natural Science Department instructor and CEA member Pam Smith said. “He embodies the ideals of this committee.”


Mayer’s commitment to teaching excellence has been noted as he was the recipient of the 2001 NISOD Master Teacher Award.


He has 18 years of membership in the College Education Association and served as vice president of CEA in 2005-06 and has previously served as secretary of the organization.

Mayer designed and implemented several new classes to establish the Anthropology program and was the lead in the development of an honors program. He also serves as the music director of the Temporal Mechanics Union and is a member of The American Society of Anthropologists.


He previously chaired the Stirnaman Award committee for 10 years and considers Stirnaman to be a great man who would accept nothing less than the highest academic standards.


“To receive such a commendation from my colleagues and friends is a great honor indeed,” Mayer said.