Two professors in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences are being honored by West Virginia University for service to the community and state.
Gregory Good, associate professor of history, and Cheryl McNeil, associate professor of psychology, are recipients of this years Ethel and Gerry Heebink Awards for Distinguished State Service. Dr. Goods award is for extended service; Dr. McNeils, for beginning service.
“Service is one of WVU s primary missions, and Professors Good and McNeil exemplify the commitment to service that the Heebink Awards celebrate,”said C.B. Wilson, associate provost for academic personnel.
Good joined the history faculty in 1983. He teaches history of science and environmental history. He has written two books and several articles on geosciences history and edits the journal Earth Sciences History .
His public service focuses on the West Virginia environment. He helped create the West Virginia Sierra Club and directed the Mon Trails Project. In 1995, Good helped establish the Mon Valley Green Space Coalition, an environmental group emphasizing community projects such as park restoration and rail-trail development.
He is serving an interim term on Morgantown City Council and working to establish a Green Space Preservation Endowment Fund.
Good, who grew up in Latrobe, Pa., has degrees in physics from St. VincentCollege and in history of science from the University of Toronto.
“Receiving the Heebink Award is an honor I share with all the individuals and groups Ive worked with,”he said.”Im pleased that the award recognizes my service activities relating to the environment.”
Good lives in Morgantown with his wife, Lynn Sobolov, and their two daughters.
McNeil came to WVU in 1994 as a visiting professor in the Department of Psychologys child clinical program and joined the department faculty a year later. She has co-authored two books and a continuing education audio-video package on childhood therapy and a classroom management program.
Her clinical service focuses on abusive parenting practices and disruptive behaviors of young children. She has published numerous treatment outcome studies exploring parent training and classroom management approaches.
She is a past recipient of the WVU Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award.
Born in Miami, McNeil received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Florida. She served on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center faculty before coming to WVU .
“I feel the Heebink Award is a bonus because I have already learned so much from the children, families and professionals throughout West Virginia,”she said.
She is married to Daniel McNeil, also an associate professor of psychology at WVU . They live in Morgantown with their two sons.
Good and McNeil will be recognized at a special ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the Mountainlair Ballroom as part of WVU s Weekend of Honors.
The late David Heebink created the Heebink Awards in memory of his parents Ethel, a long-time WVU English professor, and Gerry, an Extension dairyman in the Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences from 1935-56. WVU presents the $2,500 award for extended service every year and the $2,000 award for beginning service every two years.