SJMC Professor Mike Wagner Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Professor Mike Wagner received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in January 2019. Wagner is one of 10 faculty members chosen to receive this award, an honor that has been given out since 1953 to recognize the university’s most outstanding educators.

Wagner has taught a number of undergraduate and graduate courses in the department, including the important gateway course, J202. An innovative teacher, Wagner is also a co-founder of the department’s course on fact-checking, which led to the establishment of The Observatory, a website that publishes student-researched and student-written fact-checks for state, regional and national news stories. He also teaches graduate courses on politics and media, public opinion and political polarization.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf will honor Wagner at a ceremony on April 10 at the Pyle Center. The ceremony is sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty and is free and open to the public to attend.