Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg Instructor Honored For Excellence In Education

Posted On May 16, 2016

Press release from Ivy Tech Community College

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A life sciences instructor at Ivy Tech Community College Lawrenceburg has received the College’s top award for adjunct faculty members.

Dr. Larry McLean was honored with the Gerald I. Lamkin Award for Excellence in Instruction this spring. The award, named after a former Ivy Tech president, is presented annually to an adjunct faculty member who best typifies excellence in instruction and epitomizes the mission of the Ivy Tech.

McLean was one of 14 nominees for the award from around the state. Each of Ivy Tech’s 14 regions honors one adjunct faculty member each year with a regional Excellence in Instruction award, and those faculty members are the nominees for the Lamkin Award.

“Larry draws upon his depth of teaching experience across various institutions of higher education to develop innovative strategies that are realistic with our student population,” said Dr. Rebecca Rahschulte, Ivy Tech Dean of the University & Transfer Division. “Larry can regularly be found on campus, even on days and times that exceed his scheduled class time. Often, he is observed interacting with other adjunct faculty and engaging in conversations related to improving classroom instruction and better serving our students.”

Dr. McLean has been an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech in Lawrenceburg since January 2013. He teaches anatomy and physiology and advanced human physiology at Ivy Tech in Lawrenceburg. He also volunteers for Great Parks of Hamilton County, and is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College (UCBA). He has been an active participant in the Adjunct Faculty Training/Workshops in Lawrenceburg and takes advantage of learning opportunities for teachers at Ivy Tech and UCBA.

Dr. McLean engaged in drug discovery research, taking on both local and global responsibilities with the successor companies of Merrell Dow for nearly 30 years. He retired as Distinguished Scientist and Head of Structural Biology of Sanofi US in 2012. During this time, Dr. McLean mentored students, postdoctoral fellows, and young scientists in his laboratories. He also served in adjunct positions at the Union Institute in Cincinnati and Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.

He completed a bachelor’s degree in physiology at Michigan State University and earned his doctorate in biochemistry from the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel College of Medicine) in Philadelphia. After completing postdoctoral fellowships at the Royal Free Hospital in London, England, and the University of Cincinnati, he joined Merrell Dow Research Institute in Reading, Ohio.

“What attracts me most to Ivy Tech is the dedication of the faculty to their students,” Dr. McLean said. “Ivy Tech provides an environment that fosters excellence and values every student. I tell my students it is never too late to make your life a success.”