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MacMurray professor receives Methodist teaching award

December 16, 2010

MacMurray Professor Robert Seufert is the 2010 recipient of the United Methodist Award for Teaching Excellence. College President Colleen Hester presented Seufert with a certificate from the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and a monetary award of $1,000.

“For three decades I have done my best to serve MacMurray, both as a teacher and a member of the MacMurray Family,” said Seufert. “This place has become a second home to me.”

Seufert is the William F. Short Professor of English Literature and will retire in the spring of 2012 after more than 30 years of teaching at the College.

Each year, colleges and universities affiliated with the United Methodist Church select an award recipient who demonstrates excellence in teaching, civility and concern for students and colleagues, commitment to value-centered education, service to students beyond the classroom, service to the campus and community and service to a local church.

Seufert attends Glasgow Baptist Church. He is an active member of the Pondicherry Lodge, a Sherlock Holmes society in Springfield. He was named Sherlockian of the Year in 2010 for his service on behalf of the Pondicherry Lodge. He is also a long-standing and contributing member to several environmental and public service organizations.

Seufert was instrumental in starting the MacMurray College Speaker Series and is serving as co-chair for this year’s United Way Campaign at MacMurray.

A New York City native, Seufert graduated from Fordham University before earning a master’s and Ph.D. from Ohio University. In his teaching career at MacMurray, Seufert also received the Sears-Roebuck Teaching Award and the Dewey Wilkins Award.

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