The Ohio State University at Newark


Faculty Awards

2020-21 Professional Standards Award Recipients

2021 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 pre-tenure 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.

  • Pre-tenure:
    The 2021 Faculty Service Award in the category Pre-tenure is awarded to Dorian Harrison (Teaching and Learning). Dr. Harrison received the award for her campus service to both Newark and Columbus including as vice chair of the Newark campus Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and much more. She also serves on three national committees through the National Council of Teachers of English and Literary Research Association. Lastly, she volunteers at multiple organizations in the greater Columbus area.
  • Tenured:
    The 2021 Faculty Service Award in the category Tenured is awarded to Mitch Lerner (History). Dr. Lerner’s list of services to both the Newark and Columbus campuses is long. He served as the director of the LeFevre Fellows program for three years and participates in admissions and faculty research lecture series. He is the Director of Ohio State’s Institute for Korean Studies, a faculty fellow at Ohio State’s Mershon Center for International Security and director of the university’s East Asian Studies Center. Nationally, he is the associate editor of the Journal of American-East Asian Relations, chair of the nominating committee for the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and a sought-after expert who has been cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR and more.

2021 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 pre-tenure. 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 pre-tenure) and invite them to compete for the respective awards.

  • Pre-tenure:
    The 2021 Scholarly Accomplishment Award in the category Pre-tenure is awarded to Lucille Toth (French). The subcommittee noted that Dr. Toth is an outstanding scholar doing socially impactful and high-quality work. Her research in both the traditional discipline of dance and more creative scholarship on social justice was described as cutting edge, interdisciplinary and truly inspiring. She created an original interdisciplinary project, Board(hers), that honors the lives of migrating women.
  • Tenured:
    The 2021 Scholarly Accomplishment Award in the category Tenured is awarded to Liz Weiser (English). The subcommittee described Dr. Weiser as a prolific and valued senior scholar who brings to her research agenda a deep understanding of rhetorical structures a rigorously comparative lens, and a commitment to thinking about social justice and human rights through the lens of national museums of
    conscience and heritage. Her research has led to four very well received books in top presses, 26 book chapters and articles, in addition to numerous national and international scholarly presentations.

2021 Teaching Excellence Award

The Teaching Excellence Award is presented annually to each of the following: one lecturer and senior lecturer, one pre-tenure faculty member, and 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.

  • Pre-tenure:
    The 2021 Teaching Excellence Award in the category Pre-tenure is awarded to Michael Stamitikos (Physics). In addition to his broad educational outreach to the Newark community as the founding director of the SciDome Planetarium and the Chief Science Officer at Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology, Dr. Stamatikos maintains an enthusiastic and personal rapport with his students continually attending to their needs during the recent pandemic.
  • Tenured:
    The 2021 Teaching Excellence Award in the category Tenured is awarded to Daniel Keller (English). The committee noted, “Prof. Keller’s combination of pedagogic skill and emotional connection made him stand out in a year of upheaval,” citing multiple students who shared how his teaching techniques and extra effort make “terrifying” material understandable.
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer:
    The 2021 Teaching Excellence Award in the category Lecturer is awarded toJulie Newhouse (Communications) and Jamie Bruner (American Sign Language) for Senior Lecturer. The committee was particularly impressed with both professors’ compassion for their students and inclusive teaching techniques. Dr. Newhouse also created open-source material to help her students during recent difficult times.

2021 Robert A. Barnes Award for Exemplary Teaching

The Robert A. Barnes Award is presented annually for exemplary teaching and 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.

  • The 2021 Robert A. Barnes Award for Exemplary Teaching has been awarded to Matt Stenzel (Mathematics). The subcommittee was impressed by the fact the selected candidate teaches only 1000-level courses which students are required to take with little choice. Despite this, Dr. Stenzel generates enthusiasm among his students and gets high evaluations.

Faculty Award for Mentoring of Undergraduate Research

The Faculty Award for Mentoring of Undergraduate Research recognizes a faculty member who exhibits the qualities of good mentorship, demonstrates an ability to inspire students and acts as a role model for methods of inquiry and ethical conduct for research.

  • The 2021 Faculty Award for Mentoring of Undergraduate Research is awarded to Brad Okdie (Psychology).


Previous Years Professional Standards Award Recipients

Faculty Service Award
Pre-tenure:

2020: Lucille Toth (French)
2019: John Harper (Mathematics)
2018: Jim Wirth (Psychology)
2017: Michael Stamatikos (Physics)
2016: Niles Johnson (Mathematics)
2015: Kenneth Madsen (Geography)

Tenured:
2020: Elizabeth Weiser (English)
2019: Andy Roberts (Evolution Ecology and Organismal Biology)
2018: Angela Bryant (Sociology)
2017: Asuman Turkmen (Statistics)
2016: Elizabeth Weiser (English)
2015: Karen Goodell (Evolution Ecology and Organismal Biology)

Scholarly Accomplishment Award
Pre-tenure:

2020: Jim Wirth (Psychology)
2019: Ozlem Dogan Ekici (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
2018: Niles Johnson (Mathematics)
2017: Brad Okdie (Psychology)
2016: Melissa Buelow (Psychology)
2015: Asuman Turkmen (Statistics)

Tenured:
2020: Robert Cook (Anthropology)
2019: Alcira Dueñas (History)
2018: Lucy Murphy (History)
2017: Tiyi Morris (African American and African Studies)
2016: Alan Loper (Mathematics)
2015: Elizabeth Weiser (English)

Teaching Excellence Award
Pre-tenure:
2020: Chris Robinson (Psychology)
2019: Jim Wirth (Psychology)
2018: John Harper (Mathematics)
2017: Dioni Viscarri (Spanish)
2016: Niles Johnson (Mathematics)
2015: Melissa Buelow (Psychology)

Tenured:
2020: Robert Hughes (English)
2019: Dana Munteanu (Classics)
2018: Tiyi Morris (African American and African Studies)
2017: Michael Stamatikos (Physics)
2016: Elizabeth Weiser (English)
2015: Julie Hupp (Psychology)

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer:
2020: Lijuan Bi (Math)
2019: Carrie Wysocki (Education)
2018: Ozgur Turkmen (Math)
2017: Natasha Woods (Biology)
2016: Shauna Weyrauch (Biology)
2015: Matthew Tidwell (English)

Robert A. Barnes Award for Exemplary Teaching
2020: Asuman Turkmen (Statistics)
2019: Mitch Lerner (History)
2018: Daniel Keller (English)
2017: Stephanie Brown (English)
2016: Dionisio Viscarri (Spanish)
2015: Julie Hupp (Psychology)

Faculty Award for Mentoring of Undergraduate Research
Pre-tenure:
2019: Ozlem Dogan Ekici (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
2018: Jim Wirth (Psychology)

Tenured:
2019: Elizabeth Weiser (English)
2018: Melissa Buelow (Psychology)
2017: Karen Goodell (Evolution Ecology and Organismal Biology)
2016: Stephanie Brown (English)

Best New Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
2016: Michael Stamatikos (Physics)