2016-17 Professional Standards Award Winners
2017 Faculty Service Award
The purpose of the Ohio State Newark Faculty Service Award is to recognize outstanding contributions in the area of service by members of the Ohio State Newark faculty. Two awards are given annually, one for tenured faculty and one for tenure-track faculty. Nominations are solicited from tenured and non-tenured faculty and administration. All full-time Ohio State Newark teaching faculty members are eligible, excepting those who have received the award in the previous three consecutive years. Such service may include:
- service with university-wide, department, college, or campus committees or activities.
- service in scholarly and professional organizations.
- service in consulting.
- involvement in local, state, national, or international organizations, committees, and agencies.
- involvement with student groups.
- service to professional publications as editor, associate editor, or reviewer.
- service to the community.
This year the Faculty Service Award in the category Tenure-Track is awarded to Dr. Michael Stamatikos, Physics.
Dr. Stamatikos has been a tireless advocate for the sciences and science education at Ohio State Newark through his many service and outreach. The committee noted that not only does his work enhance his own reputation as a generous and knowledgeable scholar, his outreach raises the profile of our campus in a way that serves us all.
- Dr. Stamatikos served as sponsor and judge of the 2016 Undergraduate Research Forum displaying his commitment to student success.
- His generosity with his time and dedication to learning is evidenced by his interactions with the community. One home educator said, “I am very thankful that he plugs into our community without hesitation, and is kind enough to give of his time and talent.”
- When asked to narrate a work for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as part of a family concert, he gave them a full interactive experience for their audience. He provided slides from NASA to enhance the music and gave an introduction for the audience that made astrophysics approachable to all ages.”
- Dr. Stamatikos has been instrumental in the ongoing development of a new public observatory, with the Friends of Hocking Hills State Park, while he continues to aid The Works Science Museum in Newark to develop a planetarium (SciDome) that will provide “an extraordinary new resource for science education and outreach in the Newark area”.
This year the Faculty Service Award in the category Tenured is awarded to Dr. Asuman Turkmen, Statistics.
Dr. Turkmen has amassed a well-rounded record of service both in-house and beyond our walls.
- Between 2011 and 2013, Dr. Turkman had an impact on the quality of campus life as a Member and Chair of the Faculty Well-Being Committee. As chair, she is credited with transforming an often overlooked committee into a powerful force for enhancing the experience of faculty, especially new faculty, at Ohio State Newark.
- Beginning in 2015, Dr. Turkmen, together with Dr. Weiser, invented the new Communications Committee, representing faculty and partnering with Marketing to promote faculty accomplishments. Starting in 2016, Asuman has chaired this committee.She is credited for creating the “Faculty Talks Outside the Box” series, doing most of the work in organizing and promoting events.
- She served on the Professional Standards Committee from 2014 to 2016, participating in multiple time-intensive award-granting subcommittees.
- During 2014, Dr. Turkmen worked as a member of the Ohio State Newark Physics Faculty Search Committee, including the role of Affirmative Action Advocate. Currently, she is Vice Chair of the Faculty Assembly and will soon step into the role of Chair.
- In the Department of Statistics, she has served on the Undergraduate Committee, the Biostatistics Admissions Committee, the Biostatistics Curriculum Committee, and she has participated in multiple faculty search committees. She has participated in many graduate candidacy and final exams and is an Editor of the monograph series Sage. She has done extensive outreach outside the university mentoring high school and younger students one-on-one or through Kids’ Tech University. She has toiled to encourage children and young adults to become excited about statistics.
2017 Scholarly Accomplishment Award
The Ohio State Newark Scholarly Accomplishment Award recognizes two leading scholars from among the Ohio State Newark regular faculty, one tenured and one tenure-track. The Dean/Director’s office provides the subcommittee chair with a list of names of the faculty who are eligible for the award by virtue of the fact that they have been identified by the department chair as “exceeding expectations” (above a score of 2) in scholarship for the previous three consecutive years. Faculty members who have won the award during the previous five consecutive years are not eligible. The subcommittee chair will contact the eligible faculty in each category (tenured and tenure-track) and invite them to compete for the respective awards.
The committee has chosen Dr. Brad Okdie, Psychology, to be the recipient of the 2017 Scholarly Accomplishment Award, Tenure-Track category.
Dr. Okdie's research is at the interface of social psychology and the media. His work focuses on social interaction and social influence in social media, such as instant messaging, blogging, and internet networking.
- The subcommittee noted that Brad has been extremely productive over a three year period, with 14 published journal articles including six articles published in top journals of the field.
- Dr. Russel H. Fazio, Professor of Psychology and the Harold E. Burtt Chair in Psychology at The Ohio State University described him as ‘leading authority working at the interface of social psychology and the media’, and ‘an excellent young scientist who has made (and will continue to make) significant theoretical and empirical contributions to the field.’ He also praised the timeliness and originality of Dr. Okdie's work.
- Further indicators of Dr. Okdie's status as a top scholar in his field include an invitation to address the Midwestern Psychological Association at a recent conference, five talks at scholarly meetings, numerous poster presentations, work co-editing a special issue on media for the Journal of Social Psychology, and being asked to review four National Science Foundation grant proposals. He has also made substantial contributions to student research through presentations at the Research forum.
The committee has chosen Dr. Tiyi Morris, AFAMAST, to be the recipient of the 2017 Scholarly Accomplishment Award, Tenured category.
The subcommittee was impressed not only by the volume of Dr. Morris’s research over a three year window, but the uniqueness and importance of her contributions to the fields of history, women’s studies, and African American studies.
- Her 2015 book “Womanpower Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi” published by University of Georgia elicited effusive praise from her colleagues.
- Dr. Morris' several shorter articles and chapters have also gained a reputation for thought-provoking and innovative scholarship.
- In addition to her published work, Tiyi co-produced two films on the New Orleans Mardi-Gras Indians and wrote two blog posts. She received a grant from the ASC Regional Campus Research and Creative Activity Grant program. She was given the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Legacy Literary Award.
- She was active at conferences with two conference papers in a 3-year window. She also delivered 13 invited research lectures at different universities and events.
2017 Excellence in Teaching Award
The Teaching Excellence Award is presented annually to each of the following: (i) one full-time lecturer/visiting assistant professor, (ii) one tenure-track faculty member, and (iii) one tenured faculty member “to recognize individuals doing excellent teaching and to stimulate excellence in teaching.” Recipients are selected by a committee of previous winners, faculty appointed to the Professional Standards Committee, and if possible, students appointed by the Student Senate Committee. Ohio State Newark students, faculty, administrators and alumni may make nominations.
The subcommittee to the Professional Standards committee awards Dr. Dioni Viscarri, Spanish, with the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award for Tenured faculty.
- Dr. Viscarri has a long record of consistent excellence in teaching. He uses a mix of activities for large groups, small groups, and individuals and keeps students moving from one task to the next while maintaining their attention.
- The responses from his students were overwhelmingly positive. Some of the adjectives used to describe his teaching include: caring, personable, fair, energizing, creative, funny, encouraging and helpful.
- It was noted that his classes, although lengthy, were full of energy, organization, creativity and engagement with constantly changing exercises in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
- Dr. Viscarri continually inspires his students to work harder, participate in class and is very clear on his expectations. His students admit the class can be tough and knowing the material is a must, but they" actually learn Spanish" if only because he has a very effective way of engaging students and makes learning fun and worth it.
The subcommittee to the Professional Standards committee awards Dr. Michael Stamatikos, Physics, with the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award for Tenure-Track faculty.
- Dr. Stamatikos is a talented and insightful lecturer who brings creativity and humor with him to the classroom.
- The committee was particularly impressed with Dr. Stamatikos course development. He is the first instructor at any OSU regional campus to offer a course in astronomy. And, in fact his nomination letter credited him with directly increasing enrollment in physics courses both at the regional campuses and in students who transfer to Columbus.
- He has shown a remarkable ability to inspire students in the classroom and get students involved in astronomical research.
The subcommittee to the Professional Standards committee awards Dr. Natasha Woods, Biology, with the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award for Instructor/Visiting Assistant faculty.
- The committee was particularly impressed with rapport with students and her ability to encourage classroom discussion. Dr. Woods’ students seemed enthusiastic and engaged.
- Prior to, and after class, Dr. Woods can be found scheduling additional study sessions and office visits with students to discuss their upcoming exams. It is very clear that she puts in a great deal of time and effort both in the classroom and later in order to connect with students, and, indeed the comments from her SEIs show how much her students appreciate these efforts.
2017 Robert A. Barnes Award for Exemplary Teaching
The Robert A. Barnes Award for Exemplary Teaching is awarded to an Ohio State Newark tenured faculty member who has established a record of excellent teaching at the Newark campus for at least ten years. Candidates for the award are nominated annually by an anonymous ballot distributed to all full-time Ohio State Newark faculty. They may nominate one colleague from a list of full-time tenured faculty who are eligible for the award and have not received it within the past three consecutive years.
The Robert A. Barnes Award for Exemplary Teaching 2017 has been awarded to Dr. Stephanie Brown, English
- Dr. Brown’s dedication to the craft of teaching and scholarship and her genuine interest in her students' success is emphasized by her peers and her students.
- She has an outstanding record of SEI and has clearly mastered the challenges of teaching freshmen writing students and, more generally, is a gifted and engaged teacher.
- As the creator and leader of the Literary Locations: Berlin class, she provides a unique education abroad experience for students at the Newark campus.
2017 Faculty Award for Mentoring of Undergraduate Research
This year the Research Mentor award in the category of Mentoring of Undergraduate Research is awarded to Dr. Karen Goodell, EEOB.
- The committee was impressed with Dr. Goodell’s nomination materials. It is clear that Dr. Goodell is very involved in all steps of the research process and that her students appreciate this support.
- She has been described as a supportive and encouraging mentor who instills confidence and knowledge in students who work in her lab.
- With her mentorship, students in her lab have received research grants through the Newark and Columbus campuses and have presented at local and national research conferences. One of her current thesis student won first place in the oral presentation category at the 2017 Ohio State Newark Research Forum.
- Her students have graduated with research distinction following successful completion of senior thesis projects and have gone on to attend doctoral programs.
2015-16 Professional Standards Award Winners
2016 Faculty Service Award
This year the Service Award in the category Tenured is awarded to Dr. Elizabeth Weiser, English.
The committee was greatly impressed by Dr. Weiser's outstanding level of service to our campus and the broader community over the last three years, in addition to expected level of service to the university and your discipline.
- The committee was impressed with the variety of ways in which she engages with the community including leadership development, establishing the Communications Committee,
- Activities such as editing and grant writing specifically geared to serving outside of her discipline, and arranging internships with local community organizations, among other activities.
This year the Service Award in the category Tenure-Track is awarded to Dr. Niles Johnson, Mathematics.
The committee was highly impressed by Dr. Johnson's outstanding level of service to our campus and the broader community over the last
three years, in addition to expected level of service to the university and his discipline.
- The committee was impressed with the breadth of his service in areas that include our campus, the university at large, his profession and community outreach.
- Activities such as the Pi Measurement Challenge and the Geometry for Teachers Workshop were particularly noteworthy services to the profession and community.
2016 Scholarly Accomplishment Award
The committee has chosen Dr. Alan Loper, Mathematics, to be the recipient of the 2016 Scholarly Accomplishment Award, Tenured category.
The committee was greatly impressed by Dr. Loper's consistent and top-level research throughout his career as indicated by the unrestrained praise given by his colleagues in the field.
- "Alan Loper is one of the best commutative algebraists in the world... , it is a moral imperative to recognize his work on all levels."
- Testifying to the quality of his publications, one letter states, "Publication of a single article in any one of these journals would be a career highlight."
- "It would be hard to overestimate Alan's impact on the field, especially on the Italian schools of algebra research in Rome and Padova, the algebra/number theory research group in Marseilles, and the factorization theory research group in Graz, Austria."
The committee has chosen Dr. Melissa Buelow, Psychology, to be the recipient of the 2016 Scholarly Accomplishment Award, Tenure- Track category.
- Dr. Buelow's work is frequently cited and \transcends multiple specialty areas within psychology and should be quite impactful to the field."
- The committee was impressed by her boundless energy and enthusiasm for publishing her work.
- We were impressed by the relevance of her work to central domains of research in social and health psychology facilitating a successful program of collaboration with students, her faculty peers in Newark, among the larger Psychology Department at the Columbus campus, and nationally.
2016 Excellence in Teaching Award
The subcommittee to the Professional Standards committee awards Dr. Elizabeth Weiser, English, with the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award for Tenured faculty.
- Extremely kind and always willing to help."
- I have taken several classes with Dr. Weiser in the past year and I believe that this has been one of the most positive experiences in my college career."
- Few people have challenged me to perform better - as a student or as a person - than Dr. Weiser has, and that to me is the meaning of excellence in teaching."
The subcommittee to the Professional Standards committee awards Dr. Niles Johnson, Mathematics, with the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award for Tenure-Track faculty.
- He spends quality time discussing topics and answering all questions. One of the few professors who actually give their all to the students.
- Niles is my favorite professor at Newark, and he has always been able to help when I struggle and makes each student engaged and feel important in class.
- Niles is by far the best math teacher I have ever had. This class (and all classes I have taken with him) have given me far more comprehension than I have ever had.
- He is the most caring and dedicated.
The subcommittee to the Professional Standards committee awards Dr. Shauna Weyrauch, with the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award for Lecturer.
The committee was very impressed with Dr. Weyrauch's use of creative methods to motivate students to work hard in a difficult introductory class and to stimulate interest among students.
- She does a great job at keeping her class both challenging and interesting and is genuinely kind and caring towards students.
- Professor Weyrauch took every step in order to ensure that all students were able to understand and learn the material.
- She was always excited in her teaching and presented the material in the best ways possible for learning.
- The class material is tough, but if you study and attend class you will do great. I loved the class.
2016 Robert A. Barnes Award
The Robert A. Barnes Award 2016 has been awarded to Dr. Dionisio Viscarri, Spanish.
The committee was tremendously impressed by Dr. Viscarri's over-whelmingly positive student responses from all of his courses, as well as his consistent efforts to engage and maximize the learning experiences and accomplishments of all his students.
- He has played a signicant role in my past, present, and future. I always recommend him to other students and I want more people to recognize what profound impact he is capable of. He is able to change your life from the very first day."
- The class was an eye opener for me. It reminded me of how exciting it can be to attend a class run by a skilled instructor."
- Dr. Viscarri led 22 Newark campus students to Costa Rica, the culmination of a years intensive work developing an education abroad opportunity to enrich student learning.
- One of the support letters stated that "... the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. It was one of our most successful and popular study abroad opportunities, one we will undoubtedly run again."
2016 Best New Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
This year the Research Mentor award in the category Best New Undergraduate Research Mentor is awarded to Dr. Michael Stamatikos, Physics.
One of his research students indicated that Dr. Stamatikos is an excellent mentor. His passion for his work shows, and his expertise encourages students to become more involved in research. Since starting at Ohio State Newark, Dr. Stamatikos has mentored 5 students, several of whom have continued their research with him even after transitioning to the Columbus campus. His students have been very successful at the Ohio State Newark Undergraduate Research Forum, with one 1st place and two 2nd place finishers. One of his students has been accepted to a summer research program at the Aerospace Department of Texas A&M University.
2016 Faculty Award for Mentoring of Undergraduate Research
This year the Research Mentor award in the category of Mentoring of Undergraduate Research is awarded to Dr. Stephanie Brown, English.
One of her research students described Dr. Brown as very supportive. She has encouraged her students to apply for research grants through the Newark and Columbus campuses, which has allowed for the ability to conduct research at the Science Fiction Archive at the University of Liverpool. In addition, she has encourage her students to present a local and national research conferences. As one student state, "Before I was not confident about my ability to complete academic research and the prospect of graduate school. Now I have the self-confidence to believe that I have a chance to pursue higher education."
Dr. Brown has been mentoring undergraduate student researchers since arriving at the Ohio State Newark campus. Her students have presented at the National Council on Undergraduate Research and the National Collegiate Honors Council annual conference. Her students have graduated with research distinction following successful completion of senior thesis projects. One of her current thesis students just won 1st place at the Ohio State Newark Research Forum. A recent graduate, who completed a thesis project with Dr. Brown, was just accepted into a graduate program at Oxford University. Students who took part in a study abroad program in Berlin, led by Dr. Brown, are in the process of applying to present their research at the National Collegiate Honors Council conference this year.
2015 Faculty Service Award
The Service Award subcommittee has selected two winners of the 2015 Service Award in two categories. These recipients were selected from a very competitive pool of 11 nominations.
Tenured: Karen Goodell
This year the Service Award in the category Tenured is awarded to Dr. Karen Goodell.
Dr. Goodell’s dedication and hard work is described by one of the supporters as “When we need someone reliable who will tackle the job without ego but with determination and hard work, Karen is one of those people we turn to. Her willingness to step up and do whatever needs to be done, to fill in when others leave gaps, and to go the extra mile makes her a model of service to our community.”
On the Newark Campus, Dr. Goodell has served on several Ohio State Newark faculty assembly committees including chairing the Academic Affairs Committee during the 2011-2012 academic year, alternate ombudsman for the faculty assembly in 2012, unit budget manager for Biology and the Baker Biology Lab. Since Fall 2014, she has been serving as the Chair of Faculty Assembly, which is a very important and active service role for our campus. As a member of the Ohio State Newark P & T Deliberating committee, she participated in several 4th and 6th year reviews and chaired the subcommittees of two 6th year review candidates.
She has also numerous contributions to her professional community such as reviewing manuscripts for scholarly journals, reviewing grant proposals, and organizing symposia. Dr. Goodell’s engagement with her department is also remarkable. She has been actively involved in her department by attending the monthly faculty meetings, hosting seminar speakers, and advising graduate students.
On top of her service activities mentioned above, Dr. Goodell has also contributed to the local and regional community through public lectures, judging of science fairs, and participation in science education/outreach activities.
Tenure-track: Kenneth Madsen
This year the Service Award in the category Tenure-Track is awarded to Dr. Kenneth Madsen.
Dr. Madsen has outstanding contributions to student activities on campus, as he served as advisor of the Newark Campus Somalian Connection (2009-2012) and later the Muslim Students Organization. In addition to his advisory work at the Newark Campus, he is currently serving as the chair of the Library Committee and has served on the Newark Earthworks Center Advisory Committee, the Study Abroad Advisory Council, and the Honors Advisory Council.
He has also actively involved in his professional as a session chair, committee member for various professional organizations, and a peer reviewer of articles in his field; and has served the university as a member of the Undergraduate Studies Committee. One of the supporters stated that he was one of the first IPSG (Indigenous Peoples Specialty) members to recognize the value to bringing the communities being researched to the presentations involving their research.
The subcommittee is impressed with Dr. Madsen’s rich and varied outreach/community service activities. One of the first things that he did just after joining the Ohio State Newark was to collect petition signatures attesting to the need for sidewalks as part of the widening of Country Club Drive near campus. As a result of his dedicated efforts, the sidewalks were completed in Summer 2013 and has started to be used by neighborhood residents and students. He has promoted the Geography Awareness Week in early child and elementary school settings, and written Op-Ed Guest Columns for The Newark Advocate in support of Geography Awareness Week.
One of the supporters wrote “I have enjoyed a number of Kenneth's op-ed pieces for The Advocate over the years and appreciate the relevant commentary that he brings from his professional field to the local level with pieces about the importance of sidewalks in the community, utilizing census data, and the importance of geography both at the local level and as a way to understand the world in which we live.”
Scholarly Accomplishment Award 2015
The committee has chosen Dr. Asuman Turkmen to be the recipient of the 2015 Ohio State Newark Scholarly Accomplishment Award, tenure track category. Dr. Turkmen has two major areas of research: (1) multivariate statistical methods that deal with robust estimation and outlier detection and, (2) statistical genetics, specifically the identification rare variant associations with complex traits. Overall, Dr. Turkmen has published 16 peer-reviewed papers and has impressed scholars in her field in with her high-quality publications and with her presentations at prestigious national and international conferences. Particularly in the latter area of research, she developed important statistical methods to reveal “possible genetic effects related to rare as well as common variants in case-control studies,” as one recommendation letter states. In this new research area, she has published 4 papers and also has 2 papers in preparation. These, as the reviewers note, make crucial contributions to an emerging and exciting field.
The winner of the 2015 Scholarly Accomplishment Award, tenured category, is Dr. Elizabeth Weiser. With one authored book, two co-edited volumes, 15 articles and book chapters, and a second book manuscript in final preparation, Dr. Weiser has been an extraordinarily prolific scholar. Furthermore, top scholars and reviewers in her field have widely recognized that her scholarship is both “ground breaking” and “field-shaping.” In 2008 she was named Kenneth Burke Society Emerging Scholar, the most promising new scholar in her area of study. Her recent collection, Women and Rhetoric between the Wars, published last year, was nominated for the field of rhetoric’s principal award for feminist historiography, Winifred Bryan Homer Outstanding Book Award. Her current project entitled Museum World also promises to be significant for the development of her field: it explores the rhetoric of nationalism in national museums, involving gathering data from some 60 museums in 21 nations on 6 continents. Its publication is already widely anticipated by the international community.
Teaching Excellence Award 2015
Tenured: Julie Hupp
It is with great pleasure that the Teaching Excellence Award subcommittee to the Professional Standards committee awards Dr. Julie Hupp with the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award for tenured faculty on the Ohio State Newark Campus. During our deliberations Dr. Hupp’s distinctive teaching skills were in evidence not only in the numerous positive comments from both students and colleagues, but also in the care taken to prepare and deliver course content. In addition mentioning the willing and valuable mentorship role that Dr. Hupp played, her nominator remarked on her wonderful advocacy for students in a description of a class discussion on a controversial topic. “Dr. Hupp was able to maintain a balance between the differing points of view, allowed all students the opportunity to voice their opinions, and spoke up for those she felt were not being heard. Her skill at maintaining decorum and her sensitivity to the feelings of her students was remarkable.” Additionally it is clear, based on the overwhelmingly positive student responses from all of her courses, that Dr. Hupp has been able to reach and inspire a many of her students. Affirming her willingness to challenge her students and her ability to inspire them, one student remarked, “This is my favorite course although it was really difficult. It should challenge us. Now I’m really interested in psychology.” Testimonials affirming Dr. Hupp’s knowledge of the material, her willingness to closely work with students, her comfortable classroom rapport, and general professionalism is evident in the overwhelmingly positive student and peer evaluations gathered from all of her courses. It was clear from all of the evidence presented to the committee that Dr. Hupp is indeed deserving of the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award for tenured faculty on the OSU Newark campus.
Tenure-track: Melissa Buelow
It is with great pleasure that the Teaching Excellence Award subcommittee to the Professional Standards committee awards Dr. Melissa Buelow with the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award for tenure-track faculty on the Ohio State Newark Campus. It would be difficult to find a more appropriate testimonial for an instructor deserving of this award than that articulated by Dr. Buelow’s nominator who wrote, “I could go as far to state that I may be on a different path if it were not for Dr. Buelow’s instruction; she has provided a teaching/mentoring environment that has undoubtedly fostered my academic and personal growth.” In both practical and personal ways, Dr. Buelow also excels. Comments praising her grasp of the material and her ability to present often-complex concepts with clarity were frequently a part of many students’ evaluations of her course. It was clear from multiple student responses from across her courses that her classroom was alive with an effective combination of intellectual rigor, enthusiasm, and humor, a blend that has produced happy, appreciative, and inspired students. Among the overwhelmingly positive feedback from all of her students comments like “Dr. Buelow seems genuinely enthusiastic about her work in psychology and it shows though her lectures” were common with one student summing up their appraisal with the simple, but not to be underestimated statement, “cool person.” Based on all of the materials reviewed by the committee it is clear that Dr. Buelow’s knowledge of psychology is inspiring and her passion infectious. It was clear from all of the evidence presented to the committee that Dr. Buelow is indeed deserving of the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award for tenure-track faculty on the Ohio State Newark campus.
Lecturer/Visiting Assistant Professor: Matthew Tidwell
It is with great pleasure that the Teaching Excellence Award subcommittee to the Professional Standards committee awards Matthew Tidwell with the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award for lecturers on the Ohio State Newark Campus. Though he often works with some of the more challenging students at the Ohio State Newark campus, Matt receives glowing appraisal from his students as evidenced in his consistently high student evaluations. There is arguably no higher praise for an instructor than one who influences a student to such a degree that they continue their college study when they may have considered dropping out of school. Multiple student comments such as, “always understanding ,” “helpful,” “invested in his students’ work,” and even the simple “thank you” all affirm the compassion and commitment that Matt brings to his teaching and his students. One committee member who observed his classroom noted that he had an honest a comfortable rapport with his students. Another peer reviewer was “impressed with the teaching techniques that he used.” In both cases the observers noted that his creative demonstrations and thoughtful group work maintained a student-centered learning atmosphere that kept students engaged and attentive. Finally as a testimony to his value and skill as an instructor on our campus, his nominator wrote, “He shows respect and empathy for his students, never looking down on them, no matter how much they struggle in class” and suggested that the work that he does with some of the more challenged students likely aids in their retention. It was clear from all of the evidence presented to the committee that Matthew Tidwell is indeed deserving of the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award for lecturers on the Ohio State Newark campus.
Robert A. Barnes Award 2015
The Barnes subcommittee reviewed the materials of our one candidate who turned in the required materials, Julie Hupp, and agreed that her unswerving record of exceptional teaching would make her a worthy recipient of the award regardless of numbers of competitors. Her students in class after class, both introductory and advanced, consistently cite her classes as having taught them a great deal about subjects they now find fascinating. "She makes learning fun" is also a consistent refrain--but this does not mean she makes learning easy; in fact, the greatest complaint students have is that she demands that they learn so much. Her syllabi make clear that she expects them to not just recite information but conduct research, analyze texts, and write about their investigations. She also maintains what more than one reviewer noted was an easy rapport with her classes. This combination of high expectations and clear support extends beyond the classroom to her extensive student mentoring efforts, as well One of her recommenders, Lindsey Rike (who just won first place in her division at the Denman Research Forum) summed it up best: "During my entire time working with Dr. Hupp she pushed me to succeed. She encouraged me to be involved in my school, and realize the opportunities we have at Ohio State Newark. Dr. Hupp has gone above and beyond, time and time again. This is what makes her a great professor, mentor, and friend."