Published: April 16, 2022
Ohio University President Hugh Sherman is shown presenting a Presidential Teacher Award to Professor Kamile Geist during the Faculty Teaching and Research Awards Recognition Ceremony.
Ohio University celebrated exceptional faculty members during the Faculty Teaching and Research Awards Recognition Ceremony on March 29.
During the ceremony, award winners were recognized in a wide range of categories.
“Regardless of their spheres of interests, all of tonight’s award finalists and winners have something essential in common, they are devoted to excellence in what they do and do their best to serve our University community,” said Katie Hartman, associate provost for faculty development. “My thanks to all faculty for their tireless efforts and commitment to Ohio University.”
The award winners are shown below.
OHIO’s Top 5 Faculty Newsmakers for the most media placements in 2020 were Professor of History Katherine Jellison, Associate Professor of Sports Management David Ridpath, Associate Professor of Health Policy Daniel Skinner, Professor of Anatomical Sciences Patrick O’Connor, and Associate Professor and Heritage Faculty Endowed Fellowship in Behavioral Diabetes Elizabeth Beverly. Shown, from left to right, are Jellison, Executive Director of Communication Services Carly Leatherwood and Beverly. For more information, see the Faculty Newsmakers website.
The 2020-21 Presidential Research Scholars could not be honored in person in 2021, so they were recognized at this event. The winners are (from left to right) Shiyong Wu, who is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, Susan Williams, professor of anatomy and the Associate Dean of the Faculty in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Devika Chawla, professor of communication studies in the Scripps College of Communication. Not shown are Robert Ingram, professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics and Institutions, and Kevin Mattson, the Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History in the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, see this OHIO News article.
The 2021-22 Presidential Research Scholars are (shown from left to right) Adam Rapp, who is the Ralph and Luci Schey Professor of Sales and executive director of the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Center in the College of Business, Benjamin Bates, the Barbara Geralds Schoonover Professor of Health Communication in the Scripps College of Communication, Jason Trembly, Russ Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment, Arthur Smith, professor of physics and astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Julie Roche, who is a professor of physics and astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics. To read more about the 2021-22 Presidential Research Scholars, see this OHIO News article.
The winner of the 2022 Chairs & Directors Emerging Leadership Award is China Billotte Verhoff, assistant professor of interpersonal communication in the School of Communication Studies in the Scripps College of Communication. This was the inaugural year for this award which recognizes outstanding probationary, tenure-track faculty who have demonstrated exceptional leadership attributes in their department/school, college, the University, and/or the broader University community. Billotte Verhoff was recognized as an effective and engaging teacher, an adept scholar, and an emerging leader in inclusive pedagogy.
The winner of the 2022 MAC Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success is Frances Wymbs, assistant professor of primary care in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Wymbs was recognized for her commitment to student success, inclusion, and appreciation of MAC core values, for mentoring and teaching undergraduate, graduate, and medical students how to deliver evidence-based treatments, and for conducting clinical research for youth with social, emotional, and behavioral problems. To read more about Wymbs, see this OHIO News article.
The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes excellence in teaching and meritorious academic pursuits both inside and outside the classroom, as acknowledged by peers and students. Award winners from both 2020 and 2022 were honored this year. The 2020 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching was awarded to Associate Professor of Instruction of Chemistry and Director of B.S. Forensic Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences Rebecca Barlag. Barlag was recognized for being an exemplary teacher and for consistently demonstrating a deep commitment to student success. This OHIO News article provides additional information on the award.
The winner of the 2022 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is Associate Professor of Instruction Tom Marchese, who is also the director of the Professional Master of Business Administration program and associate director of the Honors Program in the College of Business. Marchese was recognized for his exceptional commitment to student engagement by incorporating real-world examples into the classroom, emphasizing experiential and applied learning practices, and mentoring students inside and outside the classroom. This OHIO News article provides additional information on the award.
The University Professor Award recognizes outstanding teaching at Ohio University. Undergraduate students bestow the honor of University Professor on four tenure-track faculty each year. Winners of the award then have the freedom to develop and teach a course of their choosing during the following year. The winners of the 2022-23 University Professor Awards are (from left to right) Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Jacqueline Yahn, Associate Professor of English Tony Vinci and Assistant Professor of Dance, Head of Arts Administration Christi Camper Moore. Not shown is Assistant Professor of Marketing and Director of the Center for Consumer Research & Analytics Jacob Lee Hiler. For more information, see this OHIO News article.
The winners of the 2020 Presidential Teacher Award could not be recognized in person in 2020, so they were also honored during the ceremony. The winners are (from left to right) Professor of English Linda Rice and Professor of Geography Geoff Buckley. For more information, see this OHIO News article.
The winners of the 2022 Presidential Teacher Award are (from left to right) Ralph and Luci Schey Professor of Sales and Executive Director of the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Center Adam Rapp and Professor and Chair, Music Therapy in the School of Music, and the Director of Arts in Health in the College of Fine Arts Kamile Geist. Geist was recognized for providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for presenting learning concepts accessible to multiple learning styles, and for engaging with students inside and outside the classroom. Rapp was recognized for incorporating applied learning in the classroom experience for emphasizing hands-on, experiential learning and for fostering a supportive learning climate for all students. For more information, see this OHIO News article.