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Faculty excellence award committee members

From left, Senior SAB Faculty Excellence Award committee members Zach Miller, Madisen Medley, Alicia Elfers, Olivia Hibler, and Kelsey Lindstrom join Jurich, center, in a photo to commemorate her selection for the award.

Photographer: Rachel Sharkey

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Senior SAB members select winner of Faculty Excellence Award


When the Ohio University Alumni Association’s Student Alumni Board (SAB) holds its annual ceremony to induct new members, they always take time to recognize one of the things that sets OHIO apart: the excellent instruction OHIO students receive from the University’s faculty.

The board welcomed its 38th class of Student Alumni Board inductees on April 21 at the Ohio University Inn in Athens. After a performance by Ohio University's Section 8, an all-male a cappella ensemble comprised of members of the Singing Men of Ohio, SAB President Madisen Medley presented the Class of 1950 Faculty Excellence Award to Joan Jurich of OHIO’s College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP). The annual award was endowed by the class of 1950 and is given by students to one faculty member in recognition of their excellence in teaching.

“I can't tell you how honored I am by being selected by the students,” said Jurich. “How I feel is hard to describe: It's one thing to be recognized by your colleagues, but being recognized by students—this is very precious to me.”

Jurich, associate professor of Child and Family Studies in the College’s Department of Social and Public Health, not only expressed her thankfulness as the recipient, but went a step further and revealed how important Ohio University is to her.

“This University means a lot to me because it is dedicated to the community and makes efforts to reach out,” she said. “I hope to continue to contribute to Ohio University not only through teaching, but also through empowering students to link themselves to beneficial, community projects.”

Submissions for the award are evaluated by a committee made up of five SAB seniors who rate each nominee based on their portfolio, a classroom visit, and a personal interview, said Medley. Medley, who graduates May 4 from CHSP, said she was excited and proud to have a faculty member from her college win the award.

“I have worked with many professors in my college, but this was my first opportunity to work with Dr. Jurich,” Medley said. “I am proud to be graduating from the College of Health Sciences and Professions and to have worked with professors who have had an impact on so many OHIO students.”