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Education Professor Named "Young Leader"

02/03/1998

OXFORD, Ohio -- A Miami University professor of educational leadership has been named one of "The Young Leaders" in academe.

Marcia Baxter-Magolda is one of 84 "past, present, and future leaders" to earn praise in Change, the journal of the American Association for Higher Education.

Known for her work in college student development, Baxter-Magolda performed groundbreaking research examining both male and female students to study the effects of gender on intellectual learning.

She followed the college careers of 100 students over five years for her book Knowing and Reasoning in College, finding that women prefer to learn by observing others in debate while men prefer to learn by participating in debate.

"Marcia is the consummate scholar. She sets the work ethic in this department. And, the great thing about her is that no matter what she is doing, she acts as a mentor to our junior faculty," said Bernard Badiali, professor and chair of the educational leadership department.

Change's "Past, Present, and Future Leaders" were picked based on the results of 11,000 surveys.

Two educators--David W. Breneman, dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, and Barry Munitz, the new president of the J. Paul Getty Trust-- undertook the survey based on a similar Change survey conducted in 1978.

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