H10-1767. Mezeske, Richard. Papers, 1998-2003. 3.00 linear ft.
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Richard Mezeske graduated from Hope College in 1969 with a degree in political science, Michigan State University in 1978 with a master’s degree in reading instruction, and a doctorate in literacy and children’s literature at Michigan State University in 2000. He joined the Hope College education department faculty part-time in 1986 and full-time in 1992 after teaching middle school English from 1969-1977, a reading consultant serving five K-5 schools with the Allegan Public Schools from 1977-1979, and a reading and English teacher at the former Saugatuck Dunes Correctional Facility from 1979-1991. Mezeske was a specialist in literacy education and literature for children and adolescents. He developed the college’s initial May Term program with Liverpool Hope University in education, beginning an international institutional relationship that now includes full-semester student-teaching experiences in Liverpool for Hope students and has also grown to involve multiple departments at the college. He also directed the college’s Young Authors Conference for area children. The college presented him with the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (now the Janet L. Anderson Excellence in Teaching Award) in 2004. His publications include two books, which he co-edited with his wife, Barbara Mezeske, formerly with the college English faculty: Finding Our Way: Reforming Teacher Education in the Liberal Arts Setting (2004) and Beyond Tests and Quizzes: Creative Assessments in the College Classroom (2007). Mezeske retired in 2011 as the chair of the education department. The collection contains six photograph albums created by Mezeske to document the Hope College education department, Literacy May Term in Liverpool, England, at Liverpool Hope University College, 1998-2003.
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