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Roditeleva-Wibe Honored as a 2015 Distinguished Professor

The designation of Distinguished Professor is the highest award attainable at Central Washington University and represents the highest level of performance. Each year, nominations are sought in four categories—teaching, service, and research/creative expression for tenured professors, and a non-tenure track distinguished faculty award for teaching. Maria Roditeleva-Wibe, music, was selected as the Distinguished Professor for teaching, non-tenure track faculty. 

Roditeleva-Wibe, is currently a senior lecturer in the Music Department at CWU, specializing in music history, music theory, and world music.

“Since coming to Central she has distinguished herself as a brilliant, knowledgeable, versatile, and innovative teacher,” noted her colleagues. She brings an immense store of knowledge to the classroom and brings it alive for her students in a variety of courses. Her teaching approach is inclusive and interdisciplinary, and designs music courses that incorporate historic context and cultural insights, and delve into diverse disciplines such as anthropology, sociology and religious studies. Using a variety of teaching methods, Roditeleva-Wibe creates a classroom environment in which students from diverse backgrounds and with different learning skills can all increase their knowledge. A noted pianist, she commemorated the opening of the new McIntyre Music building in 2004 by playing Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Etude in F minor No. 10, the first public performance held in CWU’s new Concert Hall.

Distinguished professors will be recognized at the Honors Convocation on June 12.

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