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Dr. Shelley Amstutz-Szalay

Shelley Amstutz-SzalayDr. Shelley Amstutz-Szalay is the most recent recipient of the William Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Amstutz-Szalay, who primarily teaches biology and health science courses, joined the faculty in 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, her M.S. in Biological Chemistry at the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in Public Health – Epidemiology from Walden University.

One thing that sets Muskingum apart from other institutions where Amstutz-Szalay has taught is “the amount of time and effort we spend getting to know our students and guiding them through their four years.” She also appreciates good faculty relationships and the “deep sense of community, both with the campus and New Concord.”

For Dr. Amstutz-Szalay, the time spent getting to know students and “watching the transformation from first-year students to graduating seniors” is also a highlight. “The best feeling is when one of our seniors lands the job they really wanted or gets into the graduate program of their choice.”

Amstutz-Szalay has been working to develop a major in Public Health Studies, which is currently under full curriculum review. “This is an exciting new opportunity for our students to get exposure to a rapidly growing field that can lead them into a rewarding career right after graduation or on to graduate school in public health or a related area.”