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Faculty Awards Presented at Annual Faculty Recognition Gala

Natasha Lancaster | Tue Nov 23, 2021

University of Findlay Faculty Award winners for the 2021 academic year were recently announced and honored at the Faculty Recognition Gala. The University congratulates the following individuals for their wonderful achievements.

The 2021 Academic Year University Faculty Award Winners

The Founders’ Academic Excellence Award for Faculty

Presented to: Christine Tulley, Ph.D., professor of English, director of the Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing Program, and the Center for Teaching Excellence faculty liaison

The Founders’ Academic Excellence Award for Faculty honors all-around academic excellence and Christian witness. Established by the Churches of God and the University, this award is a tribute to overall academic excellence within the context of positive Christian witness on campus.

The David L. Allen Award for Teaching Excellence

Presented to: Pamela Warton, Ph.D., professor of mathematics

The David L. Allen Award for Teaching Excellence is a tribute to holistic teaching excellence in and out of the classroom.  This honor includes a monetary gift, an engraved memento, and recognition on a perpetual plaque displayed in Old Main.

The Harriette Smith Ritz Service to the University Award

Presented to: Ryan Schneider, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences and associate dean for Operations and Effectiveness, and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Harriette Smith Ritz Service to the University Award highlights the importance of service to the institution by faculty members.  This award recognizes exemplary contributions to academic governance and other service leadership roles within a program/department, college or the institution at large.

The University of Findlay Advisor of the Year Award

Presented to: Eric Stoller, assistant professor of teaching in sports management and coordinator of Internship and Co-Operative Programs

The Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Advisor Award, developed by the Academic Advising Committee, recognizes a faculty member from each college who has had a positive influence on undergraduate students through academic advising.

The 2021 Academic Year College Faculty Award Winners

William E. Ruse Service Award for Excellence in the College of Pharmacy

Presented to: Akesha Edwards, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences

Faculty Chair in the College of Sciences

Presented to: Brian D. Whitaker, Ph.D., associate professor of animal and pre-veterinary studies

Richard E. Wilkin Faculty Chair in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Presented to: Anne Beekman, associate professor of graphic design

The Sharon Milligan Faculty Excellence Award

Presented to: Melissa Sutton, D.N.P., assistant professor and chair of the Nursing Program

The James D. and Judith L. Philipp Award for Excellence in the College of Education

Presented to: Melissa Recker, assistant professor of teaching in education and team leader for early childhood

The Gupta Faculty Chair award in Business

Presented to: Scott Freehafer, Ph.D., associate professor of business

The Shiv Kumar Gupta Award for Excellence in Teaching Business

Presented to: Brent Wickham, assistant professor of teaching in accounting

The Elizabeth S. Gupta Award for Excellence in Teaching Fine Arts

Presented to: Anne Beekman, associate professor of graphic design

A recording of the awards ceremony is available on UFTV’s YouTube Channel.

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