Faculty Award and Recognition

Recognition of faculty endeavor and achievement has always been a priority of the university and duly notes the contributions made by faculty in support of enhanced scholastic opportunities and engaged development of the region.

In 2003, the Faculty Recognition Banquet was initiated to reflect on and celebrate many of the outstanding accomplishments of Murray State Faculty. Dr. Terry Strieter, Faculty Regent, and Dr. Gary Brockway, Provost, worked with Mr. Jim Carter and Dr. Don Robertson, Vice Presidents, to transition the official acknowledgement of various faculty accolades to a single university event. The Faculty Recognition Banquet has become an Murray State tradition supported by alumni, faculty, and students. The following awards sponsored by Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and the Murray State Alumni Association are acknowledged at the annual event held the third Thursday of April during the campus’s Scholars Week celebration.

2021 Faculty Awards

Dr. William DeWees

Dr. William DeWees

Distinguished Professor

Established in 1964, the award recognizes a faculty member for teaching excellence and classroom performance, concern for students, professional activity, and recognition/service to the university and community. The Distinguished Professor carries the mace during the processional at Commencement.

Dr. Gary Stinchcomb

Dr. Gary Stinchcomb

Distinguished Researcher

The Distinguished Researcher Award was established in 2002 by the MSU Alumni Association to recognize outstanding achievement in pure or applied research. This award reflects the significance of faculty research to the educational environment at Murray State.

Dr. William DeWees

Dr. William DeWees

Distinguished Mentor

The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in conjunction with the Office of Research and Creative Activity, presents this award to recognize the considerable efforts and accomplishments of a full-time faculty member who serves as an effective and motivational teacher, advocate, sponsor, and role model to students. Recipients are named on a permanent plaque in the Provost Office.

Dr. Howard Whiteman

Dr. Howard Whiteman

Omicron Delta Kappa Advisor of the Year

The Office of Student Affairs, the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Omicron Delta Kappa developed this award to help recognize a faculty member who has gone above and beyond the requirements of his or her job and served as an outstanding faculty advisor.

2021 Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Awards

These awards have been instituted as an annual effort by the Board of Regents to honor faculty members who, in the judgment of peers, deserve recognition as exemplary teachers. Plaques of award recipients are hung in Heritage Hall.

Patty Parish

Patty Parish

Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business

Dr. Justin Brogan

Dr. Justin Brogan

College of Education and Human Services

Dr. Jie Wu

Dr. Jie Wu

College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Dr. Diane Nititham

Dr. Diane Nititham

College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Dr. Laura Sullivan-Beckers

Dr. Laura Sullivan-Beckers

Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Dr. Kevin Revell

Dr. Kevin Revell

Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Dr. Donald Adongo

Dr. Donald Adongo

Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Dr. David Ferguson

Dr. David Ferguson

Hutson School of Agriculture

2021 Emerging Scholars

The MSU Alumni Association’s Emerging Scholar Award is intended to give special recognition for superior research, scholarly, or creative work conducted by Murray State University faculty members who are in the early phases of their careers.

Dr. Yousif Abulhassan

Dr. Yousif Abulhassan

STEM

Dr. Cemil Kuzey

Dr. Cemil Kuzey

Non-STEM

Dr. Robert Fritz

Dr. Robert Fritz

Service Learning Mentor

Service Learning is a type of experiential education that allows students to be involved with real-world problems or projects while making important contributions to the community. This award was created to honor a faculty member who has excelled in making service learning experiences available to students.

Dr. Cemil Kuzey

Dr. Cemil Kuzey

Sandra Flynn Professor of the Year

Murray State International students elect a professor each year who has shown outstanding support both in and outside of the classroom. Dr. Sandy Flynn was a dedicated mentor to all students. This award bearing her name honors her impact on International Education.

2021 Outstanding Collegiate Researchers

Dr. Cemil Kuzey

Dr. Cemil Kuzey

Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business

Dr. Brian Bourke

Dr. Brian Bourke

College of Education and Human Services

Dr. Jie Gao

Dr. Jie Gao

College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Dr. Bikram Subedi

Dr. Bikram Subedi

Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Dr. Laura Hoffman

Dr. Laura Hoffman

Hutson School of Agriculture

Dr. Janice Thurmond

Dr. Janice Thurmond

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Dana Statton

Dana Statton

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