Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Texas, El Paso
Location: Last Cruces, New Mexico, United States
Herbert Heger, Professor of Emeritus at the University of Texas, El Paso, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in educational administration, research and statistics.
Graduating from high school early meant a lot of programs were out of reach for Dr. Heger. He first earned an Associate of Science from the Ohio Mechanics Institute in 1956. He worked for a few years in the county park district doing engineering work, drafting and supervision of maintenance and construction. He realized in this endeavor that what he really wanted to do was pursue a career in academia. Dr. Heger returned to his education and earned a Bachelor of Science from Miami University in 1962, and a MEd in 1965. In 1969, he earned a PhD from Ohio State University. Due to his background in engineering, much of Dr. Heger’s work involved research, statistics, survey research, interpreting research, classwork courses, consulting and in-service training.
Dr. Heger taught for a year at the Marshall Junior High School before joining the faculty at the Mount Healthy High School in 1963 to teach mathematics. From 1966 to 1969, while matriculating, he served as a graduate assistant and associate for Miami University. In 1969, he became an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky. In 1971, he also began providing his services as an associate director at the Louisville Urban Education Center. He held both of these positions until 1975, where he then joined Pepperdine University as a visiting professor. In 1979, Dr. Heger became dean and department chairman at Whitworth College, positions he held until 1982 and 1979, respectively. In 1982, he joined the University of Texas at El Paso as a professor of education. He remained here until his retirement in 1999, whereupon he earned the honorary professor emeritus title.
Most of Dr. Heger’s teaching after 1978 centered around educational research and statistics. In his career, he maintained professional affiliation with the American Educational Research Association, the National Society Study Education and Phi Delta Kappa. He has also served as the past president of the Las Cruces Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America. What Dr. Heger is most proud of in his career is to see successful former students as he gets a great amount of joy knowing that he made a difference in an individual’s life. The lessons that Dr. Heger has learned over the course of his career that have most benefited him in his professional growth in research statistics include making sure students like to learn, not get involved in complicated topics and continue learning and growing in the field.
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