Wesley Milner Named UE's Exemplary Teacher for 2012

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wesley Milner has received this year’s Exemplary Teacher Award. He currently serves as director of the University’s international studies program, chair of the Department of Law, Politics and Society, and the Austin S. Igleheart Endowed Chair in Political Science.

Each year, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church presents the Exemplary Teacher Award to recognize excellence in teaching at United Methodist Church-related institutions of higher education.

Today, UE President Thomas A. Kazee announced Milner as this year’s recipient during UE’s Winter Commencement ceremony.

Milner came to UE in 1999 as a professor of political science and international studies. His classroom performance earned him the Dean’s Teaching Award in the College of Arts and Sciences. Milner’s international experience includes serving as a visiting professor at Harlaxton College in England, Tokoha Gakuen University in Japan, and the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program.
Milner holds a PhD in political science from the University of North Texas, a Master of Arts from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and German from the University of Texas.

The Exemplary Teacher Award comes as Milner transitions into a new role at the University: On January 1, he will assume duties as the first-ever executive director of international programs.

“The Exemplary Teacher Award was determined well before Dr. Milner accepted his new role, so I’m thrilled to publicly recognize him for his distinguished career as an educator,” Kazee said upon presenting the award. “We’re very fortunate that Dr. Milner will continue to serve the University, and we look forward to many more years of calling him a member of the UE family.”

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