HIGH POINT, N.C., May 8, 2013 – Andrea Wheless, professor of art at High Point University, received the Meredith Clark Slane Distinguished Teaching-Service Award at HPU’s 89th Commencement Ceremony.
The award is named for Meredith Clark Slane, a friend to the university, and has been given annually since 1973 to recognize excellence in teaching.
“I am one of the luckiest people,” says Wheless about receiving the award. “I have been in a career where I get to teach a subject I love to students that want to learn; that is a worthwhile way to spend your time. The university has grown over the years and it has offered countless opportunities to be involved in things that I love, such as the Sculpture Garden. I am humbled by this recognition and am grateful to those who have been so supportive over the years. This is one of those awards that could not have been accomplished without encouragement, support and opportunities offered by many – students, peers and colleagues.”
Wheless came to the HPU in 1987 with bachelor’s and master’s degrees of fine arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Since then, she has served in a multitude of positions that have led to the continued advancement of both the university and the art department. Wheless has served in more than 30 different capacities including the Admissions Committee, Deputy Faculty Marshall, Tenure and Promotion Committee, Professional Growth Committee and chair of the art department. She also served as the first curator of the Sechrest Gallery on campus. More recently, she has been instrumental in developing the HPU Sculpture Garden.
Wheless teaches sculpture, ceramics and three dimensional design courses. She is also actively involved in portrait sculpture art, and has exhibited in juried shows regionally, nationally and internationally. This past fall, Wheless was chosen to exhibit four pieces in the “Ceramic Art of North Carolina University and College Faculty” exhibit at the North Carolina Pottery Center.
In her nomination paper, one student wrote, “Ms. Wheless is a professor who is incredibly passionate about her career, which in turn makes her classes more fun and interesting. There is rarely a dull moment in her class due to her positive attitude, humor and extraversion. Ms. Wheless will go out of her way to help her students.”