Professor Mary Ellen Wylie Named Outstanding Teacher of the Year at UE Commencement

Posted: Saturday, May 6, 2017

Mary Ellen Wylie, professor of music at the University of Evansville, was named the 2017 Outstanding Teacher at the University during today’s UE’s 159th Commencement exercises.

UE alumni value the exceptional education they received here. To encourage continued excellence, the Alumni Association sponsors this award honoring distinguished service in teaching.

Wylie came to UE in 1991. She earned her undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her advanced degrees from the University of Kansas. 

She is an experienced music therapist having worked with children with severe developmental delays and multiple handicaps, adults with mental handicaps, the elderly and terminally ill, and patients with cancer.

Wylie is past president of the American Music Therapy Association and has served a number of years on the board of directors and executive committee of that organization. In March 2010 she was awarded the Honorary Life Member award from the region for distinguished contributions made over the years.

She has given numerous presentations locally, as well as at national, regional, and state music therapy conferences. She has been published in the Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives.

As director of UE’s music therapy program, Wylie teaches courses in music therapy, supervises music therapy practica, and coordinates internships.

A record number of nominations for this year’s award were submitted for Wylie, not only from students, but also from alumni and fellow faculty members.  

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