Title: Professor Emeritus of Biology
Company: Bethel College
Location: Newton, Kansas, United States
Dwight R. Platt, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biology at Bethel College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biology and higher education.
Backed by more than four decades of professional experience, Dr. Platt is a prominent educator whose interest in the environment is also punctuated with concerns regarding social and racial inequality. Having participated in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, as well as the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, he was a longtime professor of biology at Bethel College in Newton, KS, from 1969 until attaining emeritus status in 1996. Prior to these posts, he served the college as an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and head of the department of biology between 1957 and 1969, having also subsequently acted as chair of the division of natural sciences from 1979 to 1982. During this time, he aided in the establishment of an environmental studies program and major with courses in the social sciences, physical sciences and humanities. He commenced his career as an assistant instructor of zoology at the University of Kansas beginning in 1952.
Earning a Bachelor of Science from Bethel College, and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Kansas, Dr. Platt has contributed myriad articles on herpetology and prairie biology to professional journals. He also maintains membership with the American Ornithologists Union, the Ecological Society of America, the Kansas Herpetological Society, where he previously served as president, Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. He was also the former president of the Kansas Ornithological Society and the Kansas Native Plant Society.
In light of his exceptional contributions to his profession, Dr. Platt has accrued several honors and accolades. Obtaining several research grants from the National Science Foundation, he recently received the Sheldon and Virginia Cohen Memorial Award for Service to the Kansas Native Plant Society in 2018, having also won the Stephen L. Timme Award for Excellence in Botany in 2007, Ivan L. Boyd Award in 2005, and Suzanne L. and Joseph T. Collins Award for Excellence in Herpetology in 2004. Earlier in his career, he was presented with the Julius A. and Agatha Dyck Franz Distinguished Community Service Award, the Chevron National Conservation Award, and the David H. Richert Distinguished Scholar Award. Impressively, he was selected for inclusion in the 20th and 25th editions of Who’s Who in the Midwest.
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