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OHIO honors excellence in faculty research and teaching at recognition ceremony

OHIO honors excellence in faculty research and teaching at recognition ceremony
From left to right: President M. Duane Nellis, Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching finalist Courtney Koestler, Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient Deborah Murray, Executive Vice President and Provost Chaden Djalali, and Interim Vic

Deborah Murray, associate lecturer in the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness (AHSW) in the College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP), was honored along with seven other faculty members of Ohio University during a recognition ceremony held Oct. 31.

The event was held to recognize accomplishments in research and teaching and celebrated the 2018 recipients of the Presidential Research Scholars Award, Presidential Teacher Award and Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Murray was named the winner of the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is presented to a full-time non-tenure track (Group II) faculty member from one of OHIO’s campuses.

Marcus Barr, lecturer in AHSW in CHSP, was also a finalist for the award along with Courtney Koestler, lecturer in the Department of Teacher Education in The Patton College of Education.

“The selection process for these awards is rigorous. Whether you have received an award or were a finalist, you can be justifiably proud of your significant achievement in earning this recognition,” Howard Dewald, associate provost for faculty and academic planning, told the audience of faculty, administrators and the award recipients’ family members and friends gathered in Baker Center Ballroom.

Fabian Benencia, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, was chosen as the winner of the Presidential Teacher Award. The award is presented to a full-time, tenured (Group I) faculty member from one of OHIO’s campuses.

Finalists for the award were Laura Harrison, associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education in The Patton College of Education, and Chao-Yang Lee, associate professor and coordinator in the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences in CHSP.

Both Presidential Teachers and Provost Teachers hold their titles for three years and receive $1,000 each year. The selection committees for both awards reviewed portfolios, visited classrooms and conducted interviews of the finalists and their chairs, directors or division coordinators. The criteria include excellence in teaching and meritorious academic pursuits, both inside and outside the classroom.

Morgan Vis and Brian Clark were recognized as Presidential Research Scholars for excellence in life and biomedical research. Vis is a professor in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Clark is a professor and the Harold E. Clybourne, D.O., Endowed Research Chair in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The event was sponsored by the offices of the Executive Vice President and Provost and Vice President for Research and Creative Activity.