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Dr. Pearl Wong and Dr. George Bitar, assistant professors of Marriage and Family Therapy, recognized for their extraordinary commitment to students

Wong Bitar 1On Aug. 11, at Pfeiffer University's Summer Commencement ceremony, two assistant professors from the university's Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program were recognized for their commitment to teaching and advising students to academic success.

Dr. Pearl Wong received the Provost Award for Outstanding Advising/Mentoring, which recognizes advising excellence at the graduate and undergraduate levels. All current, full-time Pfeiffer employees with at least two years of service to the university are eligible; nominees are evaluated for their general advising attitude, academic guidance, career guidance, enthusiasm, and assistance in decision making.

Dr. Bitar received the United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award, presented annually to a full-time faculty member, nominated by his or her peers, who demonstrates excellence in teaching; civility and concern for students and colleagues; commitment to value-centered education; and service to students, the institution, community or church.

Both professors have taught at Pfeiffer since 2009. Dr.  Wong is a graduate of the College of Charleston, Converse College and University of Louisville, Monroe, and serves as vice chair of Pfeiffer's faculty senate. Dr. Bitar, a graduate of Abilene Christian University and Texas Tech University, is a founding member of Pfeiffer's elections committee and a current member of the faculty senate..

“Dr. Wong and Dr. Bitar exemplify Pfeiffer University's and the Marriage and Family Therapy program's dedication to servant leadership in and out of the classroom,” said Dr. Susan Wilkie, director of the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program. “Dr. Wong, in particular, is passionate about helping students who appear to be troubled or struggling, while Dr. Bitar works especially hard to engage students in critical thinking through group discussion, experiential learning and technology.”

At two separate commencement ceremonies at Pfeiffer's Misenheimer campus, 88 students received undergraduate degrees, primarily from Pfeiffer's established adult studies/degree completion programs, and 337 students received master's degrees, the majority in the Master of Science in Health Administration and Master's of Business Administration programs. Others received degrees from the following programs: Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Change, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Arts in Christian Education, Master of Science in Elementary Education, Master of Arts in Teaching-Elementary Education and Master of Arts in Teaching-Special Education.

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