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Mary Elizabeth “M. E.” Yancosek Gamble is the chair of the Performing Arts Department at Fairmont State University and an associate professor, School of Business. Immediately before she was chair of the Communications and Media Arts Department at Bethany College. She was named Bethany College’s 2018 nominee to the Faculty Merit Foundation’s annual Professor of the Year, named “Educator of the Year” in 2015, by the West Virginia Public Relations Society of American (WVPRSA) and the Department won the coveted “Chapter of the Year” for 2012. In 2014, Bethany College won “Chapter of the Year” by Society for Collegiate Journalists.
She is the 2013 winner of the President’s Award for Excellence in Performance, “Faculty Member of the Year” from the Bethany College Service Learning Center. She was one of fourteen finalists in the 2013 T. A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence and was nominated by Bethany College to the U.S. Professor of the Year sponsored by CASE, and the Carnegie Foundation. In 2017, she was the Scripts Howard Fellow for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Arizona. Before teaching at Bethany she was the state director of the Small Business Division of the West Virginia Development Office. Before being named state director, she was the Small Business Developer for Loudoun County, Virginia.
A native of Washington, Pennsylvania, she has a BA from California University of Pennsylvania, an MA from Marshall University (WV), both in communication studies, and post-graduate work in organizational communication from Bowling Green State University (OH).
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