Bethany’s Menz Named Finalist for West Virginia Professor of the Year

BETHANY, W.Va. – Dr. Harald J.A. Menz, Professor of World Languages and Culture at Bethany College, has been named a finalist for West Virginia’s 2014 Professor of the Year, according to Ken Sullivan of the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia. 

This is the fourth time in six years that a Bethany professor has been chosen for the honor. Biology professors John Burns, Albert “Jay” R. Buckelew and chemistry professor Lisa Reilly were finalists in 2008, 2010 and 2013, respectively.


“We are proud of Dr. Menz, our previous Professor of the Year finalists, and all of our devoted faculty at Bethany College,” said Bethany President Dr. Scott D. Miller. “To be named to this distinguished roster of West Virginia’s finest faculty members is a great honor, and especially representative of the excellent teaching, advising and service performed by the faculty at Bethany.”

Dr. Menz has served on the Bethany faculty since 1994.  He has taught German and German literature and civilization, elementary Spanish, and first-year seminar courses throughout his time at Bethany.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Padagogische Hochschule, Heidelberg, West Germany, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from West Virginia University. 

Dr. Menz has received a number of Bethany College recognitions for outstanding teaching. Within the past two years he has been recognized with The President’s Award for Excellence in Performance, the International Association of University Presidents’ 2013 International Education Faculty Achievement Award and the John R. Taylor Memorial Award in the Liberal Arts.

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.

The finalists and recipient of the 2014 Professor of the Year will be announced at a banquet in Charleston in March. The Professor of the Year will receive a $10,000 award.

The Faculty Merit Foundation was created in 1984 to provide a means to recognize and reward innovation and creativity among the faculties of West Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. Through the Professor of the Year program, the outstanding achievements of those individuals are brought to the attention of the general public.

Nominations for this prestigious award must include comprehensive and specific information about each nominee. The Foundation board selects Professor of the Year finalists based on the written information presented and on interviews with candidates.

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