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Ohio University faculty tutors receive first N. Victor Goodman Honors Tutorial College Awards

ATHENS, Ohio (July 25, 2006) -- Ohio University has awarded two faculty tutors with the first ever N. Victor Goodman Honors Tutorial College Awards. This new award, created by the HTC Board of Visitors in 2005, is given to faculty during their first three years of tutoring HTC students. This year's recipients are Michelle Brown, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and Shelley Delaney, assistant professor in the School of Theater. Each will receive a modest cash prize and a letter of commendation from HTC Dean Ann Fidler.

Michelle Brown photo by Rick Fatica"The Board of Visitors views the award as a means of encouraging young faculty to become committed to an association with the Honors Tutorial College and to the art of excellent tutoring," Fidler said. "Ohio University remains the only institution in the United States with a degree-granting college incorporating all the essential features of a tutorial-based education. Faculty tutors are essential to our success, and this is a new way to recognize their contributions."

Selection for the awards was made on the basis of the quality of the tutor's instruction as evidenced by student evaluations, by the descriptions and evaluations of student work prepared by the tutor and by observations by the HTC director of studies, other faculty colleagues and HTC administrators.

Brown began tutoring HTC students in 2004. Students report being "profoundly influenced" by the quality of her tutoring and by the challenges that she devises for them. "I am struck by the generosity that abounds in Michelle's tutoring," Fidler said. "There is evident energy and passion being dedicated to helping HTC sociology students understand and activate their potential."

Shelley DelaneyDelaney, who became an HTC tutor in 2004, receives praise from her students for her approach to tutorial instruction. These students indicate that the opportunity to have a tutorial with Delaney is a "major milestone" in their education. "I have been impressed with the creative and thoughtful nature of Shelley's tutorial work," Fidler said. "It is clear that she knows how to challenge and nurture students."

The award is named in honor of N. Victor Goodman of Columbus, one of HTC's strongest supporters. Goodman received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from Harvard University. His passion for ensuring that Ohio universities and colleges were among the best public institutions in the nation led to 14 years of service on the Ohio Board of Regents and an appointment by then-Gov. George V. Voinovich to the Ohio University Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2001.

N. Victor GoodmanGoodman continues to be actively involved at Ohio University through his role as a trustee of The Ohio University Foundation Board. He has been a strong supporter of HTC. Goodman also created the Elaine and Victor Goodman Scholarship for Research in Government Relations and Contemporary History. The scholarship provides funding for HTC political science and history students to undertake research either for their thesis or for a special project. To date, Goodman's generosity has made possible a research trip to Bosnia to study the effects of ethnic cleansing on the rebuilding of government structures and a project designed to explore shifting properties of modern theories and practices is penology (the study of prisons and punishment management).

The university recognized Goodman's contributions with an honorary doctorate in 2004. 

"It is a pleasure to be able to add our own modest tribute to a fearless defender of excellence in the realm of higher education," said Fidler.

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