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Geography professor earns national teaching award

Aug. 25, 2010

KALAMAZOO--A Western Michigan University associate professor is the 2010 recipient of the Higher Education Distinguished Teacher Award, an honor given annually by the National Council for Geographic Education for those who have made extraordinary commitments to the teaching and learning of geography at the post-secondary level.

Dr. Lisa DeChano-Cook, associate professor of geography, is the first person from WMU to receive the award. A faculty member since 2001, she joined the WMU faculty as an assistant professor and become associate professor in 2006. For the past three years, she has coordinated Michigan's National Geographic Bee, the statewide competition that brings up to 100 middle school students to campus to vie for the opportunity to become Michigan's representative at the national bee in Washington, D.C.

Prior to coming to WMU, she was an assistant professor at California State Polytechnic University, a teaching assistant and research assistant at Southwest Texas State University and a public service associate at Ohio University.

The award will be presented during the National Conference on Geographic Education, Saturday, Oct. 2, in Savannah, Ga.

For more information, contact Dr. Lisa DeChano-Cook at lisa.dechano@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3536.

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