The National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education recognized David Strahan, the Taft B. Botner Distinguished Professor of Elementary and Middle Grades Education at WCU, as the 2012 Outstanding Middle Level Professor.
The award recognizes a faculty member who has made a significant impact or contribution to middle level education, has a record of participating in program improvement and successfully working with teacher candidates, and has advocated for young adolescents through leadership opportunities at the local, state and national levels, as well as in the university classroom.
Strahan’s recent work at WCU includes co-directing a project to develop a model for supporting teachers in identifying student needs in mathematics and literacy, and tailoring instruction and individual interventions to address those needs.
On the national level, Strahan serves as executive adviser for the Middle Level Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. He also is a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Association of Middle Level Education.