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Van Vliet named Effective Educator

Louise Van Vliet, professor emerita of speech pathology and audiology, was selected by the Miami University Alumni Association as this year's Effective Educator. She was recognized at the homecoming football game Oct. 23.

Van Vliet taught at Miami for 26 years before retiring in 2003.

In her letter of nomination, one former student said the Effective Educator Award provided the perfect opportunity to personally and publicly thank “an extraordinary educator.” Now working as a speech and hearing specialist, the graduate said, “In addition to teaching important life lessons, Dr. Van Vliet also presented technical information in creative and practical ways. … She emphasized that we must always translate technical knowledge into information that is meaningful and relevant to the people we serve.”

Van Vliet's teaching philosophy focused on helping students feel good about themselves and encouraging them to take chances.

“My responsibility was to help students function independently, yet be able to work collaboratively as a team; to enjoy themselves and others; to maximize the use of their mental and physical capacities and to help them recognize that learning is exciting, fun and a lifetime experience,” Van Vliet said.

The award was established by the association in 1983 to honor those faculty and staff members who have positively influenced students beyond their years at Miami and includes a $1,000 prize.

“Dr. Van Vliet's selection is evidence of both the quality and the number of nominations she received over the past 17 years and speaks highly of the impact she had, and continues to have, on students,” said Christopher Adkins-Lamb, associate director of the alumni association.

Members of the Class of 2000 nominated 23 individuals for the award.

Date Published: 11/18/2004
Volume: 24   Number: 16

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