by Alana J. Mauger
Dr. Ann Marie Donohue, assistant professor of psychology, was recognized as the 2011 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award during Montgomery County Community College’s Commencement ceremony on May 19.
Each year, a faculty member is selected by his or her peers, students and alumni to receive the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.
In a letter of nomination, one of her students wrote that the “best thing about Dr. Donohue is her ability to help everyone understand the material. She is a very friendly, helpful, patient teacher who genuinely cares about the subject and knows how to effectively communicate it to students.”
Dr. Donohue integrates classroom lecture with in-the-field research. In 2006, she established a partnership with the Noyes Foundation for Schizophrenia Research, enabling 10 students per year to participate in fundamental research with a University of Pennsylvania research team. Several of those students went on to co-author articles in such publications as the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Donohue also served a faculty representative to the Psychology Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Statewide Articulation Project. The goal of the project is to create a seamless educational pathway to ensure full transfer of the associate degree from community colleges to the corresponding baccalaureate degree at state system institutions.
Most recently, Dr. Donohue has dedicated much of her time and effort to supporting the reintegration of military veterans into civilian society. She organized the regional conference “Pathways Home” for veterans and their supporters, and she co-facilitates efforts to honor the military service of the College’s students, faculty and staff throughout the year.
Dr. Donohue also helped to establish the Student Veterans Organization on campus and serves as the group’s advisor. Her outreach to student veterans and military personnel has helped MCCC earn a national ranking in the top 15 percent of military-friendly schools over the past two years.