Charles Jarrett (right) poses with Native Islanders Tai Scott (left) and Janice Barnwell following the presentation of a paper for the 2017 Freedom Day Celebration at the historic St. James Church on Hilton Head Island.

Charles Jarrett (right) poses with Native Islanders Tai Scott (left) and Janice Barnwell following the presentation of a paper for the 2017 Freedom Day Celebration at the historic St. James Church on Hilton Head Island.

Lisa Stein Haven researches the life of Charlie Chaplin as part of her scholarship agenda. She took this photo while in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland, outside the Chaplin estate.

Lisa Stein Haven researches the life of Charlie Chaplin as part of her scholarship agenda. She took this photo while in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland, outside the Chaplin estate.

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RHE announces faculty recognitions


As the 2016-17 academic year came to a close, Dr. Bill Willan, Ohio University’s executive dean for Regional Higher Education, announced several significant faculty recognitions. 

“Congratulations to the finalists for the RHE Outstanding Professor Award: Charles Jarrett, Lisa Haven, Nicole Blau and Mike Lafreniere. Upon the recommendation of the Selection Committee, Charles and Lisa are the 2017 recipients,” Willan stated.

He went on to say, “The RHE Outstanding Lecturer Award finalists were Kelly Hall, Debra Dunning and Debra Nickles. Upon the committee’s recommendation, Kelly Hall has been named the 2017 recipient.”

Two additional regional campus faculty members were also recognized: Barbara Mahaffey was a finalist for the Presidential Teaching Award, and Pam Kaylor was a finalist for the Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Successful RHE Outstanding Faculty Award recipients are nominated by a campus faculty committee and supported by campus leadership for submission. The candidate prepares a nomination packet for review by a selection committee comprised of faculty from each of the five regional campuses, most often former award recipients. Click here for information about the award.

“The faculty who serve on the selection committee are particularly thoughtful and thorough in their review, as they are truly committed to the purpose of the award: recognizing the outstanding teaching, scholarship and service of their colleague,” explained Carissa Anderson who facilitates the selection process for Regional Higher Education. 

While all the nominations were strong, Haven’s, Jarrett’s and Hall’s submissions demonstrated excellence in all criterion areas consistently. 

“[Haven] has proven to be an excellent teacher, a world-recognized expert in her field of research, and a very active campus citizen,” the Zanesville Campus Nomination Committee stated in Haven’s nomination. Her recognition as an international scholar on Chaplin as well as her new area of inquiry on French silent film comedian Max Linder was noted in her nomination. 

“I’m deeply thankful for this recognition from my peers for efforts I consider to be both my duty and privilege to undertake,” Haven said about receiving the award. 

While it is rare that two awards are made in the same year, this year’s committee felt that both Haven’s and Jarrett’s packets were stellar. “Due to their exceptional faculty records, their documented commitment to their campus and their field, and their separate University recognitions for excellence, the committee unanimously supported the selection of Charles Jarrett and Lisa Haven as the 2017 Outstanding Professors,” stated the award announcement from the selection committee. 

“Dr. Jarrett has proven his abilities in teaching in several ways,” stated Deborah Marinski on behalf of the Southern Campus nomination committee. “He utilizes innovative teaching methods, including collaborative teaching and workshop styled courses…” In addition, his scholarship on the Gullah/Geechee culture and language was noted in his nomination letter. 

"I am thrilled to be honored with this most significant award,” Jarrett said. “I view each day as an opportunity to learn something new and to share with others the gift of life. I truly love my job and the people of our University community."   

Kelly Hall, director of the Equine Studies Program at the Southern Campus, was selected as the Regional Higher Education Outstanding Lecturer. Hall has been teaching at the Southern Campus for 18 years and has been director of the Equine Studies Program for 10 years. 

“Recognition by one’s peers is truly rewarding,” Willan said. “These outstanding individuals have earned that recognition by their dedication to their students, their colleagues, their campuses and their professions. Regional Higher Education and Ohio University are enriched by their efforts.”

The past RHE Outstanding Professor Award recipients list can be found here and the past Outstanding Lecturer and information about the award can be found here