Upton named Outstanding Professor of the Year at Potomac State

Upton named Outstanding Professor of the Year

Ruth Upton (center), who serves as an assistant professor of education at WVU Potomac State College, was recently named Outstanding Professor of the Year.  Others in attendance for the presentation of the award included (l-r): Greg Ochoa, dean of Academic Affairs; Sheri Chisholm, biology professor and chair of Faculty Assembly; Campus President Jennifer Orlikoff; and Phillip Douthitt, associate dean of Academic Affairs.

Ruth (Schneider) Upton has been named WVU Potomac State College’s Outstanding Professor of the Year.  Upton, who has spent 40 years in the education realm, began teaching at the College in 2008 and currently serves as assistant professor of education.  

Upton earned her associate degree in elementary education from Potomac State, her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in special ed and her master’s degree in behavior disorders, both from WVU.

Over the years, Upton has developed many courses, rubrics and learning strategies as a way of motivating and engaging her students, while also providing positive feedback that is both beneficial and valuable for their continued success as a student and beyond.  She’s often stated, “I believe students learn best when they’re actively involved in participatory learning.”

Upton serves as the advisor of the PSC Serves You Club, on the Social Justice Council and previously served as chair of the Service Committee.  She is also an active volunteer in the community, having served as a board member for the Potomac Center in Romney; and along with her husband, runs the Burlington Food Pantry in Burlington, W.Va.

Students who nominated Professor Upton for this award used words and phrases like, “… a unique style of teaching; her passion is evident; driven and organized; and a magnificent professor!”

 Upton considers herself a lifelong learner and often attends professional development conferences and workshops locally, statewide and nationally in order to keep herself updated on educational policies and on current learning tactics.