Normandale Psychology instructor Andy Tix received 2017 Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) for Outstanding Teaching of Psychology in Community/Two Year Colleges in a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth, Minn. on April 8.
In addition to teaching introductory psychology and abnormal psychology, he has developed popular courses on the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality and the Psychology of the Holocaust. Tix was a 2015 recipient of an Outstanding Educator Award from the Minnesota State System Office.
In a letter supporting the nomination of Dr. Tix, one student commented, "Andy embodies excellence. He has a passion for education and bettering his students." A second former student commented, "In my years after Normandale, Dr. Tix has continued be a mentor and inspiration." And a third student identified two traits that stand out in Dr. Tix's classes: "the first concerns the communities that he builds in his classes, and the second has to do with critical thinking about psychology as science."
"It is great to be acknowledged by state-wide colleagues through the Minnesota Psychological Association," said Tix. "However, honestly I am more honored to work every day with such interesting and inspiring students and colleagues at Normandale. It is for them that I am most grateful."