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Stevenson, Mohn Named 2012 Berger Award Winners

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Margaret C. Stevenson and Mary C. Mohn have been named the winners of the 2012 Sydney and Sadelle Berger Awards, presented each year to members of the University of Evansville faculty who demonstrate exceptional scholarly activity and service.

Stevenson, an assistant professor of psychology, received the award for scholarship, and Mohn, an associate professor of Spanish, earned the award for service. Charlie Berger, a 1969 UE graduate and local attorney with the law firm Berger & Berger, presented both awards today at the University’s annual Fall Faculty and Administrators Conference.

Stevenson, the winner of the award for scholarship, is early in her academic career, but has already proven herself a prolific author of journal articles, chapters, and other publications. She has also completed nearly 50 conference presentations, many of them with UE students.

Her research focuses on the intersection of children, psychology, and the law, and she has won awards from several organizations in her field. Most recently, she received the Association for Psychological Science’s RISE UP Award for a study on anti-Arab prejudice and stereotypes. The award recognizes outstanding research on socially and economically underrepresented populations.

Stevenson serves as director of UE’s Psychology and Law laboratory, and is an academic advisor and senior thesis mentor for psychology majors. She holds a PhD in social psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and she joined the UE faculty in 2008.

Mohn, who won the award for service, has been instrumental in helping the University recruit outstanding students and faculty, and in building connections between UE and the community.

She has served on the University’s admissions and standards committee since 2007, chaired the curriculum committee for several years, and has participated in numerous search committees for tenure-track faculty positions in the Department of Foreign Languages. She also serves as a member of UE’s assessment committee and chairs the popular Andiron Lecture Series in the liberal arts and sciences.

Mohn received the Dean’s Teaching Award for UE’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2010, and this past year, she was appointed director of the new general education program. She earned her PhD in Spanish from the University of Kansas and has been with the University of Evansville since 2005. 

The Berger Awards are presented annually in memory of Sadelle and Sydney Berger. Sadelle was a UE graduate and lifelong member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences at UE, while Sydney was a well-known local attorney. Both dedicated their lives to public service. The Berger family established the endowment to give recognition to faculty at the University of Evansville.

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