Gloria A. Neubert to be honored
Professor of secondary education and TU alumna to receive President's Award for Distinguished Service to the University at winter Commencement exercises
On a campus known for its excellent teachers, Gloria A. Neubert has long been recognized as one of the very best.
Over the course of her 33-year career at Towson University, Dr. Neubert has established a record of teaching, scholarship, leadership and service that serves as a benchmark for her colleagues and an inspiration to her students.
She is a proud Towson alumna with a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in secondary education. In 1972 Dr. Neubert joined her alma mater’s Department of Secondary Education as a full-time instructor; in 1975 she was promoted to assistant professor. Three years later she received her Ph.D. in reading/literacy, staff development and secondary education from the University of Maryland, College Park. She was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and attained the rank of professor in 1991.
Dr. Neubert shines in her role as a “teacher’s teacher,” consistently earning accolades from students and peers for her classroom effectiveness. She has not only taught 20 different courses over the years, but has also written and gained approval for 10 new courses.
In 2004 the University System of Maryland honored her with its Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2007 she received the International Teacher Educator in Reading Award from the prestigious International Reading Association.
Dr. Neubert’s scholarship is notable for both its quality and quantity. She is the author or co-author of four books on such topics as inductive teaching, peer coaching, interactive teacher, and teaching content reading. She has published more than 30 articles in highly regarded professional journals and presented at more than 100 national and international meetings. More recently, her fascination with how learning occurs has led her to explore neuro-education, the influence of neuroscientific research on education.
Dr. Neubert co-founded and directed the Maryland Writing Project. She was the sole creator of the Writing Project’s Teacher Research Institute, which received the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ G. Theodore Mitau Award for Innovation in Higher Education. She also founded the Summer Student Writers’ workshop and the Secondary Reading Leadership Institute.
She led the development of—and the research to support—the Department of Secondary Education’s highly regarded Professional Development School Network, which has become a model for Maryland and the nation.
Dr. Neubert has served on the College of Education Council, directed the university’s accreditation efforts, served as library liaison and led her department’s and her college’s Promotion and Tenure committees.
Dr. Neubert actualizes Towson University’s mission as Maryland’s Metropolitan University in her commitment to the region’s high schools, where she has conducted hundreds of highly regarded development workshops for teachers and principals.
Thousands of Dr. Neubert’s former students are active educators, thanks in no small part to her influence and example. Many of these—as well as many of her current students—identify her as the best professor they’ve ever had.
On Jan. 11 President Robert L Caret will echo those sentiments in recognizing Gloria Neubert for her extraordinary career, which has brought great honor to her and to Towson University.