Ted Mallwitz has earned a master of science degree in higher education and student affairs administration. In addition, he holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in creative studies from Buffalo State, and is a graduate of the college’s Muriel A. Howard Honors Program. This purposeful academic work has prepared him to be a change leader in higher education.
Mallwitz will receive the President’s Medal for Outstanding Graduate Student and deliver the student address during the 6:00 p.m. master’s hooding and C.A.S. ceremony at Buffalo State’s 143rd Commencement, Saturday, May 17, in the Sports Arena.
A polished orator and scholar, particularly in the areas of research and inquiry, Mallwitz brought a critical-inquiry perspective and skill set that rivals that of most doctoral students. At the same time, he frequently engaged other students in how to best develop a conceptual framework for their own research projects. In the process, he continually added to the richness of discussions that are critical to higher education. His hunger and enthusiasm for tackling big questions in a complex world is contagious and inclusive.
Mallwitz put his research into action by creating the Inspire Creativity and Academic Success Program for Buffalo State’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). This mandatory, credit-bearing course provides incoming EOP students with lessons in self-reflection, problem-solving, and strategic planning to promote student success and retention. After designing the curriculum and submitting a successful grant proposal to SUNY’s Office of Sponsored Programs in 2013, he served as the new program’s coordinator and instructor.
Mallwitz, who also serves as logistics coordinator for the Creative Studies Distance Program and the Creativity Expert Exchange, intuitively approaches life with a positive, proactive attitude and professional drive. His care and commitment to the field of higher education is evident in his actions as a scholar and a professional. He has already contributed much to the field of higher education and has made a difference in the lives of countless students on the Buffalo State campus.
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