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Hendrix Psychology Professor Named 2015 Arkansas Professor of the Year

Peszka Professor of the YearCONWAY, Ark. (November 19, 2015) – Hendrix College psychology professor Dr. Jennifer Peszka was named the 2015 Arkansas Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The announcement was made today during an awards luncheon in Washington, D.C. Recipients will also be honored this evening at a congressional reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill.

“Whether she’s teaching an introductory or an advanced course, Dr. Peszka’s dedication to her students’ success and her enthusiasm for her discipline have inspired hundreds of Hendrix students,” said Hendrix Provost Dr. Terri Bonebright. “She is nationally renowned for her research and has ignited a passion for research among countless students, including several students who have followed her example in the classroom and in the lab.”

“Not only has she worked tirelessly with her colleagues to develop the psychology program into one of the most popular majors on campus, she has served on countless committees whose work is responsible for some of the most significant advances in our academic program,” said Bonebright.

Dr. Peszka was a member of the faculty committee that created and launched the Hendrix Odyssey Program, the College’s nationally recognized engaged learning initiative. She recently held the Julia Mobley Odyssey Professorship and used the support of this competitive position to provide undergraduate research and other hands-on learning opportunities for Hendrix students.

A native of Harrison, Arkansas, Dr. Peszka joined the Hendrix faculty in 1999. She is an alumna of Washington and Lee University and completed her doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi.

About the Professor of the Year Award

CASE launched the U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program in 1981 to highlight its support of and belief in the work of higher education institutions. That same year, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching began hosting the final round of judging, and in 1982, became the primary sponsor. For nearly 35 years, Carnegie has been a steadfast supporter of and partner in the program, which has recognized 1,200 remarkable teachers working across the United States. 

About Hendrix College

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges and is nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic quality, community, innovation, and value. For more information, visit