Bethany Chemistry Professor Luke McCormick was awarded the Robert Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award at the Bethany College employee appreciate luncheon Thursday, May 18. The annual award recognizes a faculty member who makes a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the college.

Recipients of the award receive a $1,000 individual grant and the recipient’s department receives a $500 grant for support materials. Professor McCormick has been a member of the faculty since 2013.  He is the chair of the math and science department and is very involved in mentoring and advising student organizations. He has been recognized twice as a campus organization’s advisor of the year, supervised numerous student research projects, and taught in the honors program.

In his nomination, Professor McCormick was described by a colleague as “someone who takes teaching seriously, who invests considerable thought and attention to what is being taught as well as how to most effectively engage students in learning.”

Prior to teaching at Bethany, Professor McCormick was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kansas where he obtained his doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry. His graduate research has been published in the Journal of Organic Chemistry. A native of Emporia, Kansas, he earned his bachelors in chemistry from Emporia State University.