Western Michigan University's Dr. Stephen M. Wolfinbarger, professor of music, has been named the 2013 Michigan Professor of the Year. The announcement was made Nov. 14 in Washington, D.C., by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education—CASE—as part of the annual U.S. Professor of the Year Program. The awards Program, created in 1981, is the only national initiative specifically designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. " Wolfinbarger was selected from among some 350 faculty members nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country.
Wolfinbarger earned his bachelor's degree from Evangel University, his master's degree from North Texas State University (1982) and his doctoral degree from the University of North Texas (1989).