Mason receives Clifford Award from the College of Mount St. Joseph

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By: Jessica Lewis

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Liz Mason, Ph.D., has received the 2013 Sister Adele Clifford Award, the most prestigious teaching honor presented to a full-time member of the faculty at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

Mason is an assistant professor of English and is the faculty advisor to Lions-on-Line, the Mount’s student-operated literary magazine.

The Clifford Award recognizes faculty members who have significantly influenced students’ lives and demonstrated excellence in teaching. The award is named in honor of the late Sister Adele Clifford, a Sister of Charity and longtime biology professor who was also a former president of the College.

Clifford Award recipients are nominated by students and chosen by a committee of past faculty recipients and current students. The nomination requirements include a narrative essay in support of the nominee, and a minimum of five signatures of students who have either worked or taken at least one class with the nominee.

Mason has been a faculty member at the Mount for five years, and truly enjoys teaching her students, citing the “small things” as what she is usually most proud of.

“I am very proud when my students really enjoy reading a book I’ve assigned,” she said. “I feel like I’ve taught them to love a great book, but I’m also proud of picking something that speaks to a college-aged audience.”

Mason earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in creative writing/poetry from Bowling Green State University and a doctorate in English literature from Case Western Reserve University. She and her husband, Jeremy, live in Clifton Heights with their son, Zachary, and they go to as many Cincinnati Reds baseball games each summer as possible.

The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.