Lawson receives Clifford Award from the College of Mount St. Joseph

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By: Jessica Lohner

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Tim Lawson, Ph.D., has received the 2012 Sister Adele Clifford Award, the most prestigious teaching honor presented to a full-time member of the faculty at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

Lawson is the chair of the psychology department in the division of behavioral and natural sciences.

The Clifford Award recognizes faculty members who have significantly influenced students’ lives and demonstrated excellence in teaching. The award is named in honor of the late Sister Adele Clifford, a Sister of Charity and longtime biology professor who was also a former president of the College.

Clifford Award recipients are nominated by students and chosen by a committee of past faculty recipients and current students. The nomination requirements include a narrative essay in support of the nominee, and a minimum of five signatures of students who have either worked or taken at least one class with the nominee.

Lawson was described by students in his nominations as organized and informative, which make his classes “interesting and conducive to learning.” A student also stated, “One of this professor’s best qualities is his ability to make his students better critical thinkers. Through fun readings, seminars, discussions, and writing assignments, his students always leave class with a better understanding of how to approach problems with a critical eye.”

Lawson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Adrian College and a master’s degree and doctorate in social psychology from Miami University. He and his wife, Anna, live in Monfort Heights with their two children.

The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.