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Ivy Tech faculty member Martin Wolfger named regional President's Award recipient

January 12, 2011

Bloomington, Ind. – Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus has selected Martin Wolfger, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor in Psychology the 2010 Ivy Tech President’s Award recipient. Wolfger is also the nominee for the statewide Ivy Tech Glenn W. Sample award for Excellence in Instruction.

“Martin has earned this recognition for exemplifying excellence in the classroom and for his significant contributions to student success at Ivy Tech,” Chancellor John Whikehart said. “I would like to congratulate Martin on winning the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. It is a great honor.”

Wolfger serves on numerous committees for advancing education and for ensuring student success, including the Internationalization Collaborative Across Bloomington, a cooperative of Indiana University and Ivy Tech Bloomington and Achieving the Dream, a national initiative of Lumina Foundation. He served as chair of the statewide Ivy Tech Social and Behavioral Sciences Curriculum Development committee where he took a leadership role in discussions related to Ivy Tech’s Liberal Arts and Sciences degree in Psychology.

Wolfger says that success for students in college must be defined more broadly than in terms of getting good grades and earning a particular degree. “I strongly believe that most students are eager to succeed and want to develop into well-rounded, open-minded, responsible and productive members of society,” Wolfger said. “It is my responsibility as their instructor at Ivy Tech to assist my students in reaching their fullest potential.”

He started teaching at Ivy Tech in 2004 as adjunct faculty for Psychology and was named program chair of the Psychology department in 2005. In 2009, Wolfger became chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and in 2010 became Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is a licensed mental health counselor and holds a Master of Science in Psychology from Karl-Franzens University in Austria where he graduated with distinction. Wolfger also holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Ball State University where he received the Dean’s Citation for Academic Excellence for achieving a 4.0 GPA.

The President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction is presented annually to a faculty member from each of Ivy Tech’s 14 regions and is an effort to recognize faculty who typify excellence in instruction. Out of the 14 regions, one of the nominees is then awarded the Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction. The Ivy Tech statewide award winner will be announced in June.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.