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Monmouth University has awarded Dr. Gary W. Lewandowski Jr. its coveted “Distinguished Teacher Award” for 2012. Dr. Lewandowski is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Monmouth University.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Pearson stated: “Dr. Lewandowski is an exceptional teacher-scholar and a dynamic professor in the classroom. He challenges students to think about good research methods, involves them in his own work on close relationships, and engages them in class with diverse and original teaching props and strategies. His students display the same energy and intensity in learning. They love his classes and remember them years after they graduate from Monmouth.”

Dr. Lewandowski received his BA from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 1998, and his PhD in Social/Health Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2002. His research focuses on the role of the self in close relationships, including interpersonal attraction, relationship maintenance, infidelity, and break-up. He has published over twenty articles in academic journals, authored fourteen book chapters, received twelve grants, has given over eighty conference presentations, and has co-edited a book The Science of Relationships: Answers to Your Questions About Dating, Marriage and Family (the vast majority of these endeavors involve students as coauthors). He also serves as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and as co-editor/co-creator of In recognition of these efforts, Dr. Lewandowski received the 2011 Emerging Researcher Award from the New Jersey Psychology Association and was inducted into the Society for Experimental Social Psychologists. Dr. Lewandowski’s work and expertise has been featured in a number of media outlets including The New York Times and CNN.

Dr. Lewandowski’s teaching has been recently recognized in the Princeton Review’s, The Best 300 Professors, which profiles professors who were selected from an initial list of 42,000 professors.

Dr. Lewandowski lives in Oceanport with his wife, Colleen, and their daughter, Avery.

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