The University of Evansville Winter Commencement ceremony is set for 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, in Neu Chapel on UE’s campus. The ceremony will include the announcement of the recipient of the 2015 Exemplary Teacher Award, presented by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. After the event, there will be a reception sponsored by the UE Alumni Association in the Class of 1959 Gallery and Lounge in the Ridgway University Center.
This year’s Winter Commencement speaker is UE associate psychology professor Margaret Stevenson, who received the 2015 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at May’s commencement ceremony. The University of Evansville Alumni Association presents this award annually to a faculty member who is nominated by students, faculty, or administrators for his or her exemplary teaching abilities.
Stevenson came to UE in 2008. She teaches courses in such areas as social psychology, research methods in psychology, and psychology and the law, and serves as advisor to many psychology majors, advising and directing some in research projects. At UE, Stevenson has been Honors Faculty Scholar in Residence, and served on the Institutional Diversity Council, Honors Program committee, and General Education Subcommittee She has been the social sciences representative for UE Faculty Senate, as well as corresponding secretary and parliamentarian.
She received the Sydney and Sadelle Berger Award for Research in 2012, and the Association for Psychological Science RISE Research Award in 2011. She was presented the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church in 2014. Stevenson is a past recipient of the American Psychological Association Division 37’s Section on Child Maltreatment Early Career Award. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Forensic Psychology and the International Journal of Psychological Studies.
Stevenson earned her Ph.D. and Master of Arts in social psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her Bachelor Science degree in psychology and Bachelor of Science in French from Ohio State University.
For those who cannot attend Winter Commencement in person, a video of the ceremony will stream live at: https://www.evansville.edu/live/