Parkersburg, W.Va., 5/14/12 – The National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) recently awarded West Virginia University at Parkersburg instructor Mary Ann Thorn its Adjunct Instructor Scholarship. The award was presented at NADE’s annual awards luncheon on Feb. 23, 2012 at Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando.
Thorn received her bachelor’s degree from OVU in Bible and Christian counseling. She earned her master’s in clinical diagnostic psychology and her doctorate in leadership studies, higher education administration from Marshall University. She worked as a substitute teacher for grades K-12 in Pennsylvania and Ohio for 23 years. In 1993, she was hired as a part-time advisor for developmental students at Ohio Valley University (OVU).
While at OVU, she taught development reading and writing. In 2006, OVU hired Thorn as director of institutional research and director of academic support services. In these roles, she advised, counseled and taught at-risk students and also managed the university’s tutoring center. She instructed her tutors and qualified them to be certified by the National Tutoring Association. She also created, directed, staffed and managed a learning clinic where qualified college students tutored other students in the community in subjects ranging from pre-reading to algebra, physics and pre-calculus.
An adjunct instructor for WVU Parkersburg since 2009, Thorn teaches student development courses and strategic college reading. She has been a member of the West Virginia Association for Developmental Education since 1996, and served as president in 2002-2003 and 2010-2011.
Thorn resides in Vienna, W.Va. with her husband, Jack, of 45 years. They have two daughters – Sudona Lombard, who teaches special education in Texas, and Andrea Starkey, a speech pathologist in Ohio.