Outstanding educator

Steve Bell and Jackie McDowell

Dr. Steven Bell accepts his Charter Fellows Award from Charter School Dean Jackie McDowell. Photo by student Mary Claire Stewart.

Alumni and colleagues in the Charter School of Education and Human Sciences recently honored Professor Emeritus of Psychology Steven Bell with the Charter Fellows Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession of Teaching. Bell has served Berry with distinction since 1976, proving himself to be a caring and compassionate educator who encourages students to think outside the box and consider diverse viewpoints (while also challenging them to navigate what one colleague lovingly referred to as his “abstract” syllabi).

In addition to his work in the classroom, Bell is also known for his writing and scholarship in the areas of learning styles and disabilities, environmental education, school and university partnerships, and positive parenting. Recently, he published a paper recounting his experiences working with children and families in a harsh and often hostile environment during his 2010 sabbatical in the West Bank. Community service includes work on behalf of the Martin Luther King Commission, Habitat for Humanity, the Governor’s Council for Developmental Disabilities and the Rodeph Sholom Synagogue. He retired from Berry in 2013 but continues to teach classes two days a week.

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