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Professor wins title of Michigan Professor of the Year
A regional university is home to the Michigan Professor of the Year.
The annual U.S. Professor of the Year Program has named Western Michigan University’s Stephen Wolfinbarger, a professor of music who teaches trombone, the 2013 Michigan Professor of the Year.
The award program, created in 1981 as a national incentive for people in higher education, partners with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
Michigan is one of 36 states recognized by the award this year.
Wolfinbarger, who previously won a WMU Distinguished Teaching Award in 2010, was selected out of a national pool of about 350 faculty members nominated by their institutions.
"This is a well-deserved award for Dr. Wolfinbarger," said WMU President John Dunn. "He is an incredibly inspirational teacher in our College of Fine Arts and School of Music, which in turn are among the jewels of our academic offerings. His students find success in the most competitive environments."
Wolfinbarger holds a bachelor’s degree from Evangel University, a master’s degree from North Texas State University and a doctoral degree from the University of North Texas.