GBHEM announces Exemplary Teacher Award winners for 2013-2014

By Nicole Burdakin*

Seventy-seven professors and instructors at United Methodist-related schools, colleges, universities and theological schools have received the Exemplary Teacher Award from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in the 2013-2014 academic year.

“The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding faculty members for their contributions to the learning arts and to the institution,” said the Rev. Dr. Gerald D. Lord, associate general secretary of GBHEM’s Division of Higher Education. “We at the general board are pleased to be able to present this award because it symbolizes the vital impact of strong pedagogy in the formation of leadership for the next generation in which the church is enormously interested.”

This program expresses the church’s support of and appreciation for faculty who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, excellence in teaching, service to students and commitment to education. Professors and instructors were presented an appreciation certificate and a cash award.

Some institutions give the awards during spring semester; others make the award in the fall. The following faculty members were selected in fall 2013 and this spring by their institutions for the award:

  • Melissa Stewart, Professor of Religion/Philosophy, Adrian College
  • Betsy Young, Adjunct Instructor, Outdoor Studies, Alaska Pacific University
  • Jocelyn McWhirter, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Albion College
  • Paula E. Trimpey, Associate Professor, Theatre and Fashion, Albright College
  • Kevin McCarthy, Professor, Business and Economics, Baker University
  • Randy Molmen, Associate Professor, Math and Computer Science Department, Baldwin Wallace University
  • Valerie D. Johnson, Instructor of Music, Bennett College
  • Rachid Ait Maalem Lahcen, Instructor of Mathematics, Bethune-Cookman University
  • Amy Cottrill, Associate Professor of Religion, Birmingham-Southern College
  • Megan Keiser, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education and Coordinator of Elementary Education, Brevard College
  • Dana VanSteenbergen, Lower School Music Teacher, Carrollton Christian Academy
  • Sharon Decker, Assistant Professor of English, Centenary College
  • R. Matthew Weeks, Associate Professor of Psychology, Centenary College of Louisiana
  • Barbara Thurmon, Assistant Professor, Education, Central Methodist University
  • Tara H. Saracina, Interim Dean, School of Business, Claflin University
  • Philip Clayton, Ingraham Professor of Theology, Claremont School of Theology
  • Jason Munsell, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Columbia College
  • Justin Zajic, Assistant Professor of Education, Dakota Wesleyan University
  • James Mills, Professor of Geosciences, DePauw University
  • Susan Wilson, Professor of Communication and Theatre, DePauw University
  • Freddye Hill, Instructor, African World Studies, Dillard University
  • Warren Smith, Associate Professor, Historical Theology, Duke University, The Divinity School
  • Janet Justice Crickmer, Chair, Division of Education, Emory & Henry College
  • Lana A. Whited, Professor of English and Director of the Boone Honors Program, Ferrum College
  • Mitch LesCarbeau, Professor of English, Green Mountain College
  • Charles A. Hebert, Professor of English, Greensboro College
  • Carolyn Holbrook, Adjunct Professor of English, Hamline University
  • Mark Sutherland, Professor of Biology, Hendrix College
  • Katherine Frank, Instructor, Language and Literature, Hiwassee College
  • Clifton Jason Borders, Associate Professor of Religion, Huntingdon College
  • Katherine D. Oldmixon, Professor of English, Huston-Tillotson University
  • Michael Russell, Associate Professor of History, Kansas Wesleyan University
  • Steven Stortz, Chair, Math Department, Kents Hill School
  • M. Leanne Faulkner, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Kentucky Wesleyan College
  • Jack Slay, Professor of English and Director of Servant Scholars Program, LaGrange College
  • Tabitha Ellis, Instructor of Biology, Lindsey Wilson College
  • Susan Bridgeman, Instructor of Math, Louisburg College
  • David G. Fisher, Chair and Professor of Astronomy/Physics, Lycoming College
  • Mario Ayala, Art Teacher, Lydia Patterson Institute
  • R. J. Stewart, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, MacMurray College
  • Ken Vickers, Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of History Program, Martin Methodist College
  • J. Alan Alewine, Associate Professor, Mathematics, McKendree University
  • Harold O. Jackson, Assistant Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Meharry Medical College
  • Sandra Murchison, Professor of Art, Millsaps College
  • J. Alden Stout, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Morningside College
  • Karla K. Jensen, Associate Professor of Communication, Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Kathryn S. Carroll, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, North Carolina Wesleyan College
  • Maureen Kincaid, Associate Professor of Education, North Central College
  • Christopher L. Fink, Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Health and Human Kinetics, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Frank Wayne Ragsdale, Professor of Voice, Oklahoma City University
  • Charles Zimmerman, Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Otterbein University
  • R. Wayne Woodson, Instructor of Music and Director of Music Programs, Paine College
  • Susan Luck, Professor of Business Administration, Pfeiffer University
  • Mari Ishibashi, Associate Professor, Political Science, Randolph College
  • Andrew Harriman, Upper School Faculty, Social Studies, Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Edward D. Showalter, Professor of Economics and Business, Randolph-Macon College
  • Mark Smallwood, Teacher of Choral and Instrumental Music, Red Bird Christian School, a Ministry of Red Bird Mission
  • Graham P. Johnson, Assistant Professor of English, Reinhardt University
  • William D. Scott III, Professor of Chemistry, Rust College
  • Laurie Houck Hudson, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Shenandoah University
  • Lora Friedrich, Professor of Sociology, Simpson College
  • Jackie Glasgow, Assistant Professor of Education, Southwestern College
  • Maria C. Todd, Associate Professor of Biology, Southwestern University
  • Brian Gloor, Professor of Chemistry, Spartanburg Methodist College
  • Stephanie Huskey, Assistant Professor, Exercise and Sports Science, Tennessee Wesleyan University
  • Trisha Anderson, Assistant Professor of Management, Texas Wesleyan University
  • Bruce W. Cory, Assistant Professor, Spanish and Humanities, Union College
  • Douglas W. Stamps, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Evansville
  • Debbie M. Warman, Associate Professor, School Psychological Sciences, University of Indianapolis
  • Melissa Muller, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Mount Union
  • Joyce B. Howell, Professor of Art History, Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Ellen Hanson, Associate Professor of Music, Wesleyan College
  • Pamela Wovchko, Associate Professor of Mathematics, West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Solomon T. Masenda, Associate Professor of English, Wiley College
  • Bill Smaldone, Professor of History, Willamette University
  • Aaron Stoker, Chair, Math Department, Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School
  • Amanda Lawrence, Associate Professor of English and Chair of the English Department, Young Harris College

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*Burdakin is editorial and production assistant, Office of Interpretation, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

General Board of Higher Education & Ministry

GBHEM is the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church. The work of the Board is preparing global leaders for the church and the world. Every elder, deacon, and licensed local pastor has benefited from our training and candidacy programs. Many young adults have found help in clarifying their vocation and God’s call on their life through our leadership and discernment programs, and through values-centered higher education and collegiate ministries at the 106 UM-related schools, colleges, and universities. United Methodist leaders — both lay and clergy — have benefited from GBHEM’s loans and scholarships programs.

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I wonder if any are inclined to uphold the BOD?

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