Santa Monica College (SMC) trustee Dr. Andrew Walzer has received the 2006-07 “Teacher of the Year” Award from the Los Angeles City College Associated Students Organization.

Walzer, a humanities professor at Los Angeles City College for the past three years, was given the award based on a vote of students at the college in the spring student government elections, said Associated Students Organization President Arsen Mkrtchyan. Walzer was presented the award August 22nd.

“I’m very happy for Andrew because he’s my choice for professor of the year,” Mkrtchyan said. “He makes a difference. He makes his classes so interesting and makes you aware of what’s going on in the world. I know some students who took his class and changed their major because of him.”

A Santa Monica resident, Walzer was elected to the SMC board of trustees in November 2006.

Before his full-time professorship at Los Angeles City College, Walzer was an adjunct instructor at SMC, Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Dominguez Hills.

He is a member of the executive board of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1521, and a member of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges.

Walzer received a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Minnesota in 1997 and a B.A. in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1983.