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Professor named year's top sponsor

April 20, 2010

KALAMAZOO--A Western Michigan University professor has been named the Outstanding Faculty Sponsor of the Year for 2009 by Eta Sigma Gamma, the national health education honor society.

Dr. Amos O. Aduroja, associate professor of health, physical education and recreation, was nominated for the honor by members of the society's student chapter at WMU, Gamma Mu.

Each year, chapters have the opportunity to nominate their faculty sponsor as the Outstanding Faculty Sponsor of the Year. Selection criteria is based on length of service and evidence of exceptional leadership and mentoring of students. The honor is presented yearly at the annual business meeting by the current national president.

WMU students nominated Aduroja for not only teaching and sharing his love of health education throughout the years, but also for ensuring that all Gamma Mu members develop the skills and professionalism necessary to succeed in this field.

Aduroja, who came to WMU in 2001, conducts research in the areas of effective practices in health education. He is an elected member of the Board of Commissioners of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing and serves as associate editor and reviewer for the Health Educator: Journal of Eta Sigma Gamma.

A certified health education specialist, Aduroja has chaired the Department of Health Education at Wayne State University, and taught in the Department of Social Work at the University of Michigan as well as in the School of Health Technology at Ogun State University in Nigeria.

Previously, Aduroja worked in Detroit as an evaluation consultant, director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse for the city's health department, and director of the Department of Health and Substance Abuse Prevention for the Detroit Urban League. His background also includes stints as a health education consultant for the World Health Organization and World Bank and as a federal health educator and researcher for Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Health.

Aduroja earned two degrees from Western Illinois University, a bachelor's degree in public health science in 1976 and a master's degree in public health education in 1977, and a doctoral degree in health behavior and evaluation from the University of Michigan in 1984.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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