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Psychology Professor Earns Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence at Cedar Crest College

Allentown, PA (August 17, 2009)-- Dr. Micah Sadigh, associate professor of psychology, has earned the 2009 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching from Cedar Crest College. Sadigh--who joined Cedar Crest as an adjunct faculty member in 1999 and became a full-time faculty member in the fall of 2001--distinguished himself during the nomination process, said Pam Saunders, a 1977 Cedar Crest alumna and chairperson of the Faculty Award Committee. The committee was comprised of current students, faculty and alumnae.


"There was a large pool of candidates and they, as always, were all wonderful and deserving of recognition. After careful consideration of the nominees' credentials, it became clear to the committee how influential and life-changing Professor Sadigh's teaching is for his students," said Saunders, who understands the basis for the praise.

"He came to Cedar Crest after I graduated, but I have experienced the passion and expertise Dr. Sadigh brings to the classroom. I attended a mini-class Dr. Sadigh gave on sleep during a reunion, and it changed my life," said Saunders. "He taught us about the process and why it's so important for mind and body to get a good night's sleep. I was a confirmed night owl until then, but that talk convinced me to go to bed at 11 p.m. instead of 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. A lingering, painful backache went away within a week, never to return."

Sadigh appreciated the honor, but said any number of faculty members were worthy.

"It is an honor to be the recipient of this award. I feel that this award should be extended to all of my fellow faculty colleagues as, in my view, they are some of the finest educators," said the Bethlehem resident. Ultimately, I feel that the greatest award you can give a teacher is to give him or her a classroom with students who desire to learn. In that sense, I am given an award almost every day of the week."

During the nomination process, students described Sadigh as "endlessly enthusiastic, energetic, kind, knowledgeable, inspiring, patient, humorous, gentle and caring." They also said that while his classes were intellectually challenging, they were so much fun they attended because they wanted to and not because it was required as part of their coursework.

Sadigh--who was promoted to his current position of associate professor in 2007--has taught a wide range of courses at Cedar Crest including Health Psychology; Systems of Psychotherapy; Stress, Disease and Psychophysiological Interventions; Existential Psychology and the Search for Meaning; Mind-Body Medicine; and the Psychology of Anxiety. He also holds special sessions for students, faculty, and staff called "Reflections under the Trees," during which he speaks on various topics of interest related to psychology and wellness.

He received his bachelor's degree in clinical psychology from Moravian College, and his master's and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology from Lehigh University. He also completed his postdoctoral work in behavioral medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of three books, including "Autogenic Training: A Mind-Body Approach to the Treatment of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain" published by Haworth Medical Press.

Sadigh is the 26th winner of the annual Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is sponsored by the Cedar Crest College Alumnae Association. The formal presentation of the award will be made during Cedar Crest's convocation festivities to usher in the new academic year on August 23.


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