“Stephen Mattox is one of those professors who continues to bring
innovative projects to Michigan’s 15 public universities and their
surrounding communities,” said Daniel J. Hurley, CEO of the Michigan
Association of State Universities. “These educators give their all
when it comes to dedication to student success, helping them achieve
their ambitions, all the while strengthening Michigan’s prosperity.”
The other two recipients of this year’s award are Saginaw Valley
State University Professor Joseph Ofori-Dankwa and University of
Michigan Professor H. Scott Fogler. The Academic Affairs Officers of
the Michigan Association of State Universities will recognize the
nominees and recipients of this award at the annual luncheon, which
has been postponed to spring due to COVID-19.
"I am honored to receive this recognition for the Geology
Department, the Integrated Science program and GVSU," Mattox
said. "GVSU students inspire me to generate projects that take
them into the field, to professional meetings and to the pages of
science education journals. To see the students grow as geologists and
science teachers is a tremendous reward."
Mattox also lauded the support and encouragement to innovate that he
has received from academic leaders including Maria Cimitile, provost
and executive vice president for academic and student affairs.
Said Cimitile, “Professor Mattox is an exemplary educator, and
exactly the sort of teacher-scholar that public higher education wants
to present as a face of our work and our dedication to students.”