Xi Phi, Emporia State’s leadership fraternity, awarded their outstanding faculty award to Darla Mallein, associate professor of social sciences education and ESU alumna in a reception held yesterday in the Veteran’s Hall of Honor.
“Thank you very much,” Mallein said. “It means a lot that this award comes from students, and it is very humbling that they chose me.”
The ceremony began with a short introduction from Xi Phi president MolliChitwood.
“We are here today to recognize an outstanding faculty member of ESU,” Chitwood said. “I just want to congratulate Dr. Mallein on winning this award.”
Mallein was chosen from a pool of student selected teachers that were eligible for the award.
“The Xi Phi award is so important because it is a student initiated, student nominated and student awarded award,” said Ellen Hansen, associate professor of geography. “To have students say that you are the best is quite the honor.”
Mallein had previously won the Kansas Master Teacher award in 1997, and then won Kansas Teacher of the Year in 1998 where she was a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year.
“I would say that her methods class prepared me the best for being a teacher,” said Cassie Wike, senior social sciences major. “Dr. Mallein was a difficult teacher, but I am actually grateful for that. It was better for the class to be hard and prepare me for teaching.”
Mallein will be going on sabbatical in the fall and her replacement, Amanda Mayhew, master of teaching social studies student, is anxious to be starting her role in Mallein’s place.
“Who else could be better for the job besides someone who was trained under her,” Mayhew said. “The thing she taught me the most was to have fun in the classroom. She’s so enthusiastic, and if your students see you having fun teaching then they know they can have fun too.”