|For Immediate Release
March 3, 2001
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A student once told Indiana University Northwest sociology professor Charles P. Gallmeier that she would never miss his class because it was like "coming to a new movie everyday." In fact, most students who take a class with Gallmeier will express that he is one of their favorite instructors while commending him for the new knowledge he instills on them. Because of his passion to teach students to use their "sociological imagination," Gallmeier was honored in Bloomington this weekend (March 4) with one of Indiana University's most prestigious awards. Celebrated for having "a clear vision of what education can and should be, " IU President Myles Brand awarded Gallmeier the President's Award for teaching excellence at the University's annual Founder's Day Ceremony.
A resident of Gary, Gallmeier says he is a "product of regional campuses" and believes the diverse environment benefits and promotes new sociological perspectives.
"Being on a regional campus gives so many students a chance to better understand diversity and its effects on society. We have diverse age groups, ethnic, cultural and environmental backgrounds. The diversity of their experiences sets the sociological framework to integrate wonderful dialogue - and learning," says Gallmeier who has a BA in sociology from IUPU Fort Wayne, and an MA and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California - San Diego. He has also garnered many other teaching awards including the IUN Founder's Day Award, three Teaching Excellence Recognition Award(s) (TERA), and the Faculty Colloquial Excellence in Teaching Award (FACET).
"I am deeply honored to be recipient of Indiana University's President's Award for teaching excellence," says Gallmeier. "But I truly know I've done a good job when I see the students using sociological concepts and theoretical ideas. when I see in their faces that it's all beginning to click. and when they tell me what I teach them is making a difference in their lives.
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