Thursday, May 13, 2010
Merten Named 2010 President’s Outstanding Faculty Member
TULSA (May 13, 2010) – Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences, has announced Dr. Michael Merten as this year’s recipient of the President’s Outstanding Faculty Award.
“Dr. Merten brings energy, enthusiasm and dedication to promoting student success in the classroom,” Barnett said. “He is an exceptional recipient of this award because of his outstanding teaching, service to students and research-based outreach in the Tulsa community and throughout the state.”
Merten teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at OSU-Tulsa. His research interests include community and family factors impacting youth health and development; family risk and resilience; families transitioning from homelessness to independent living; the impact of obesity on family relationships; and youth development and online social networking. His research has garnered grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Oklahoma Department of Health and Human Services.
Merten has also served on the editorial board for two academic journals. He earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in human development and family studies from Iowa State University. The President’s Outstanding Faculty Award is presented each year at OSU-Tulsa for outstanding contributions in service to students, classroom performance and service to the campus community. It’s the highest honor awarded to faculty at OSU-Tulsa.
Recipients receive $1,500 which is provided through private donations. The monetary reward is intended to encourage exceptional teaching.