The Office of the Provost has announced that Mary Jo Zembar, professor of psychology, is now the new Paul Luther Keil Chair in Psychology, a position endowed by the late Rev. Paul Keil in loving memory of his parents, Luther F. Keil and Mary Ruth Slater Keil.
“I am so honored to be selected by my colleagues to be the recipient of this prestigious position,” Zembar said.
Endowed chairs are permanently funded positions typically established through gifts from donors to support excellence in teaching and scholarship.
In a letter to the Provost, members of Wittenberg’s Department of Psychology enthusiastically recommended Zembar, who is currently in her 30th year at Wittenberg. She was nominated by her colleagues and approved by the Wittenberg Board of Directors during its May meeting.
“Dr. Zembar is one of Wittenberg’s most beloved and distinguished teachers,” the letter stated. “She has won several teaching awards in her career at Wittenberg, including the Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Teaching Excellence for New Faculty; the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education recognized her for her significant contribution and commitment to teaching and learning; and she was a finalist for the Ohio Professor of the Year in 2013.”
Zembar teaches the laboratory-based introductory course in psychology, as well as courses in child development, adolescent development, and lifespan development.
“Student reviews of Dr. Zembar’s courses consistently express an appreciation for the enthusiasm she brings to her classes as well as the sense that she cares about students individually and their academic success,” the letter