History Professor Earns Allegany College of Maryland's Outstanding Teaching Award

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Dr. Stephen Gibson

Dr. Stephen Gibson, professor of History and chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences at ACM, was selected as the 34th recipient of the Sanner Award for Outstanding Teaching. 



CUMBERLAND, Md. (Aug. 10, 2020) – Dr. Stephen Gibson, professor of History and chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Allegany College of Maryland, was honored with the Sanner Award for Outstanding Teaching during ACM’s 2020 awards presentation held during a virtual college assembly. 

Gibson, who joined ACM in 2007, is recognized by colleagues as a model of how to guide students toward their academic goals. In the words of one of his students, “Dr. Gibson is excellent instructor, very knowledgeable, a great speaker, and well organized. He pushed us to make time for reading and understanding events, and [showed] how society has developed through its governments and leaders who’ve shaped our world. Thank you, Dr. Gibson, for making sense of many historical events and your insight, too!”  

Commended for his ability to make ‘history come alive’ for his students, Gibson was nominated by Dr. Rick Layman, Dr. Lex Merrill, Dr. Patsy McKenzie, Dr. Diane McMahon, and Dr. Miha Wood, all full-time faculty members of ACM’s Behavioral and Social Science Division.   

In addition to his responsibilities as chair, Gibson is continuously dedicated to excellence in teaching. Wrote one colleague of Gibson, “Dr. Gibson regularly attends the National Endowment of the Humanities summer history workshops to gather new ideas, activities, curriculum and pedagogy as well as to explore the subjects that he so passionately embraces.”

Another colleague noted that, “…his curiosity and creativity provide him with active and exciting approaches that he then embeds in the learning environment so that students will achieve their maximum learning potential.” 

Gibson is the 34nd recipient of the award, which was established by Miriam Sanner, a former ACM Board of Trustees chair and ACM Foundation board member emerita. Faculty members submit nominations for the college-wide award and selection is made by the Faculty Status Committee, a peer group that represents ACM’s full-time faculty members.  

Gibson, a Cumberland resident, received a bachelor’s degree from Illinois College, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois and a doctorate from St. Louis University. 

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