Dr. Palmer named Western Maryland's Distinguished Teacher

May 10, 1993

Melvin Delmar Palmer has been named the Distinguished Teacher at Western Maryland College.

He was honored at the Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation held May 2 at the liberal arts college in Westminster.

This is the third time Dr. Palmer has won the award since joining the faculty in 1965.

He was previously honored in 1970 and 1979.

Dr. Palmer earned his bachelor of arts, master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of Maryland.

His scholarly interests are French and English prose fiction and American sports fiction.

He has published several poems, and has written chapters in books and some 20 articles in national and international journals as well as reviews.

As a member of the faculty, he has served on virtually every major committee, and he was the first faculty member elected to a full term as visitor to the board of trustees.

During his tenure, he created the college's statewide poetry contest, co-designed the master's degree program in liberal arts and coordinated it for seven years; worked on grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Arts and from the Consortium for the Advancement for Private Higher Education; served on the Maryland Committee for the Humanities and Public Policy; chaired the comparative literature and dramatic art departments; and served as producer of Theatre on the Hill.

Between 1983 and 1990, Dr. Palmer served as vice president and dean of academic affairs.

He returned to teaching full time in 1991, and currently administers a new program to encourage undergraduates to study abroad and to identify top students for awards to support international educational opportunities.

Dr. Palmer is married to Nancy Baugh Palmer, a senior lecturer in comparative literature and director of the College Honors Program.

He is a native of Mitchell County, Ga.

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