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Forensics coach receives Distinguished Teaching Award

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As a young professor, Bethel College’s Mallory Marsh, instructor of communication arts and director of forensics, has already made a significant impact on her students.

Comments from some of those students helped earn her the Ralph P. Schrag Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes a Bethel faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution to teaching.

Robert Milliman, Bethel vice president for academic affairs, presented Marsh with the award at Bethel’s 2016 commencement on May 22.

“In presenting this award [now], we affirm the importance that Bethel College places on excellent teaching by our faculty and on meaningful learning by our students,” Milliman said.

The Schrag Award recipient is chosen by a committee that includes the two most recent awardees and a student, and that takes into account student evaluations of their professors.

Marsh has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska, and an M.A. in communication studies from the University of Alabama. Before joining the Bethel faculty in 2013, she was assistant speech coach at Alabama.

Marsh teaches Public Speaking, Introduction to Communication and Forensics in Bethel’s communication arts department in addition to coaching forensics.

“Since she began working at Bethel [in 2013], Mallory has taken the Bethel forensics team to nationals each year and several students have placed in that competition,” Milliman noted. In 2015 and 2016, every member of the team qualified to the national tournament.

“One of the forensics team members said about their coach and instructor: ‘Mallory is the best coach I could ask for. She is motivating and demanding. I see myself improving in my abilities, and hard work paying off at tournaments. Further, the environment she creates is one that I feel comfortable in and welcome to express myself.’

“Based on that student’s description, Bethel College could not ask for more from our faculty,” Milliman concluded.

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