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Zanesville Faculty member recognized for teaching, scholarship and service

Lisa Stein Haven, associate professor of English, joined Ohio University in 2001 as an English instructor in the Upward Bound Program. She also served as Postdoctoral Fellow in Athens prior to coming to the Zanesville Campus. Her contributions to the University and to the Zanesville Campus were recently recognized when she received the RHE Outstanding Professor Award.

“Dr. Stein Haven has made impressive contributions in the three areas of teaching, scholarship, and service,” the Zanesville Campus Nomination Committee for the RHE Outstanding Professor Award stated.

Haven’s teaching record is impressive receiving at or above benchmark scores consistently over the years. “I am reassured that I am offering students challenging but fair instruction,” Stein Haven stated in her nomination packet cover letter.

“Dr. Haven views herself as a facilitator who strives to ‘make the artificial environment of the classroom into a place where students gain real world skills and experiences,’” Academic Division Coordinator, Hannah Nissen shared. “She continually seeks new and creative ways to keep instruction fresh and to reach as many students as possible.”

In the area of scholarship Haven is internationally recognized for her work on Charlie Chaplin including A Comedian Sees the World and Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp in America, 1947-1977 (Palgrave 2016). She has given radio and web interviews and conference presentations and was awarded grants for her research agendas, most recently for a new area of inquiry on silent film comedian, Max Linder.

Haven’s service within her field, on University committees, and to the Zanesville Campus and community as a volunteer, event speaker and director of programs like the Zane Traces Literary Journal for on-campus students and the Writing, Righting the World Camp for area high school students further illustrates her excellence.

“Her work with her students outside of the classroom makes her a very popular instructor on our campus,” stated Tom Davis, Interim Dean. “She is indeed a valuable member of Ohio University and the Zanesville Campus.”