Bethany Professor Harald Menz Receives Two Prestigious Faculty Awards

BETHANY, W.Va. — Dr. Harald Menz, Professor of World Languages and Cultures and Director of International and Interdisciplinary Studies at Bethany College, has received two awards for academic excellence, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. 

Dr. Menz was recognized at a recent campus ceremony with the International Association of University Presidents’ 2013 International Education Faculty Achievement Award and the John R. Taylor Memorial Award in the Liberal Arts.menzweb.jpg

“Harald Menz is passionate about teaching,” Dr. Miller said. “Literally, the world is his classroom.  He actively embraces the mission and philosophy of a residential liberal arts campus -- learning occurs in many forms inside and outside of the classroom.”

The IAUP Faculty Achievement Award recognizes faculty “who go the extra mile” to foster global understanding, Dr. Miller noted.  The John R. Taylor Award, named in memory of a longtime professor at Bethany, is given annually to a faculty member who excels in teaching and research across disciplines in the liberal arts tradition.

Dr. Menz began teaching at Bethany in 1994. He has taught German, literature, civilization, elementary Spanish and first-year seminar courses throughout his time at Bethany.

Highly involved in teaching and mentoring students both in and outside the classroom, Dr. Menz has guided multiple study abroad groups to various countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Namibia and Chile. He is also an advisor to the German Club, Frisbee Club and Phi Kappa Tau.

Menz received his bachelor’s degree from Padagogische Hochschule in Heidelberg, West Germany, and his master’s and doctorate from West Virginia University.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.