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IU Northwest academic chief lauded for distinguished service in teaching

Malik endorsed by colleagues system-wide for prestigious P.A. Mack Award

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David Malik, Ph.D, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

David Malik, Ph.D., Indiana University Northwest’s Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, was recently named the 2011 recipient of the P.A. Mack Award for Distinguished Service to Teaching during the annual retreat of the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) in Indianapolis.

Named for its first recipient in 1999, P.A. Mack, a former IU Trustee and lifelong advocate for teaching excellence, the award is bestowed annually on a faculty member who demonstrates leadership and creative participation in advancing the goals and ideals of FACET. The award is prestigious in that it is open not only to faculty across the entire IU system, but to anyone who has demonstrated outstanding service in teaching.

Malik was inducted into FACET in 1993 and served for five years as its director. It is his outstanding contribution in this role, in large part, which prompted the nomination by his colleague, IU Professor Emeritus Gerald Powers, Ph.D. The nomination came with 10 endorsements by colleagues throughout the entire IU system.

Having served on the original task force that created the P.A. Mack Award, Powers called Malik a “poster child for what we had in mind at the time,” citing his long and distinguished record of service to teaching that extends beyond the confines of his academic discipline.

“David has emerged as one of those unique individuals who have somehow managed to establish a national identity within his academic discipline in ways that have had a profound and substantial impact on the university and beyond,” Powers said.

Malik’s original academic specialty is chemistry. As an administrator, his focus has shifted to issues of academic administration and the pedagogy of chemical education.

Malik, a Zionsville, Ind. resident, earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from California State University, his master’s degree in applied mathematics a year later, and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California. After his post-doctoral work at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Malik joined the IU faculty and served in various roles at IUPUI in Indianapolis before joining the Northwest campus in 2009. Malik also holds the prestigious title of Chancellor’s Professor, an appointment by Chancellor Emeritus Gerald Bepko, who served as IUPUI Chancellor from 1986 to 2002.

“His resume reveals all of the hallmarks of the mature scholar – an enviable record of research and scholarship, impeccable credentials as a truly outstanding and gifted teacher, and an exceptionally impressive record of service both within and outside the academy,” Powers said.

In his endorsement, Professor of Sociology Chuck Gallmeier, Ph.D. noted that Malik has “performed miracles at IU Northwest by changing the culture of the institution and by supporting scholarship of teaching as a legitimate pathway for making a case for excellence in research when our colleagues apply for promotion and tenure.” He added that Malik has “almost singlehandedly transformed our institution.”

Having known him for more than two decades, Powers noted that Malik has 61 published manuscripts to his credit and has garnered grants totaling more than $3,000,000. In addition, he says, Malik has won virtually every campus and distinguished teaching award available to faculty and has served on virtually every department and university committee worthy of note.

Calling him a “creative innovator” when it comes to teaching, Powers praised Malik’s keenness of intellect, commitment to service, and sensitivity of leadership style.

“Overshadowing his impressive record of scholarship and service is an array of human characteristics that set him apart from his peers,” Powers wrote. “He is, in every sense of the Yiddish word, a real ‘mensch,’ a genuinely good and kind human being who sincerely cares about those with whom he interacts.”

The P.A. Mack Award is added to a substantial list of other awards Malik has received, including the American Chemical Society Service Award, Indiana University President’s Award, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Intercollegiate Athletics Teaching Awards, and a Teaching Excellence Award from the University of California at San Diego. He has received grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and the American Chemical Society.

“This is a special honor for me to be recognized by an award for doing what has been an integral and vital part of my academic career,” Malik said. “I especially value receipt of a distinction bearing the name of P.A. Mack, who has been an ardent supporter in the cause of teaching and learning and has so contributed to that mission.”

The award comes with a $2,500 stipend. Malik will have his name engraved on a permanent plaque in the Student Union at Indiana University in Bloomington. The award obligates Malik to deliver the keynote address at next year’s FACET conference.


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