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White Receives Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

May 30, 2012

Amanda White  
Dr. Amanda White

Dr. Amanda White, assistant professor of sociology at St. Louis Community College - Meramec, has been named as one of the recipients of the 2012 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The award is based upon several criteria, including command of subject, organization and clarity, interaction with students and enthusiasm in the classroom.

“I am honored and privileged to be this year's recipient of the Governor's Award,” White said. “I love teaching…it's the most rewarding thing I've done!  This award not only gives validation to the work that I do, but to the important work that all faculty do each and every day.”

White, who has been at STLCC since 2006, teaches Introduction to Sociology, Marriage and the Family, Introduction to Women’s Studies, the cornerstone class Children, Families and Poverty and co-chairs the Meramec Diversity Committee. She is also the Assessment Facilitator for the Behavioral Science Department and has been recognized for her assessment work throughout the college.

White’s research interests are in family and gender.  Currently, she is working on a research project examining courthouse/civil weddings and marriages specifically in an attempt to understand what these look like in comparison to traditional/religious weddings.

White received her doctorate in family and human development from Arizona State University and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in sociology with an emphasis in family and gender from Illinois State University.