Faculty Awards and Recognition

Faculty Awards 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.

This recognition is awarded by the Murray State University Alumni Association. Established in 1964, the award recognizes teaching excellence and classroom performance, professional activity, and service to the University. 

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Each year, the Research Policy Committee selects recipients of the Murray State Alumni Association Distinguished Researcher Award, which is intended to recognize excellence in research and reflects the significance of faculty research to the educational environment at Murray State University. The Distinguished Researcher receives a $1000 cash award, and the researcher’s name is engraved on the Murray State Alumni Association Distinguished Research Award plaque located in the Murray State Alumni Center.  

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Each year, the Research Policy Committee  selects two recipients of the Murray State Alumni Association Emerging Scholar Award. This award recognizes superior research, scholarly, or creative work conducted by Murray State University faculty members who are in the early phase of their careers and who show professional promise. Significant achievements associated with the nomineeʼs work should have been realized while the nominee has held a faculty position at the University. Two prizes will be awarded: one in the area of science, technology and mathematics, the second in the area of the arts, literature, humanities, and social sciences. Each Emerging Scholar receives a $500 cash award, and the researcher’s name is engraved on the Murray State Alumni Association Emerging Scholar Award plaque located in the Murray State Alumni Center.

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This award is juried by the Research Policy Committee. This highly competitive award is presented in even years to a full-time faculty, professional staff, or administrative faculty engaged in research, scholarship, or creative activity that results in a significant contribution to their professional field. 

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The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs presents the Distinguished Mentor 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 acknowledged on a permanent plaque in the Office of the Provost, 333 Wells Hall.

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The Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Awards have been instituted as an annual effort by the Murray State Board of Regents to honor faculty members who, in the judgment of peers, deserve recognition as exemplary teachers. The recipients receive a bound certificate signed by the Board Chair and University President and an $1000 monetary award. Plaques of award recipients are hung in Heritage Hall.

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The Offices of Student Affairs, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Omicron Delta Kappa, The National Leadership Honor Society, developed this award to honor the impact that strong academic advisors can have on college students. This award selected by ODK members recognizes one faculty advisor who has gone above and beyond his/her job requirements to serve as an Outstanding Faculty Advisor. A plaque is hung in the Office of Student Affairs, 425 Wells Hall.

Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Awards Past Recipients

  • 2020
    • Amanda Grossman
    • Christina Grant
    • Carrie Jerrell
    • Marc Polizzi
    • Marcie Venter
    • David Wilbanks
    • Barbie Papajeski
    • Tonia Mailow
  • 2021
    • Patty Parish
    • Justin Brogan
    • Jie Wu
    • Diane Nititham
    • Laura Sullivan-Beckers
    • Kevin Revell
    • Donald Adongo
    • David Ferguson
  • 2010
    • Robert Donnelly
    • Mardis Dunham
    • Reika Ebert
    • Kelly Kleinhans
    • O.L. Robertson
    • Eric Swisher
    • Lou Tillson
  • 2011
    • James Hereford
    • Leigh Johnson
    • David Pizzo
    • Barbara Washington
    • Tracey Wortham
    • Saihua Xia
    • Edmund Zimmerer
  • 2012
    • Barbara Cobb
    • Larry Guin
    • Iin Handayani
    • Daniel Johnson
    • Barbara Kearney
    • Lynn Patterson
    • Paula Waddill
    • Brenda Wilson
  • 2013
    • Katherine Farmer
    • Lissa Graham
    • Sharon Hart
    • Lara Homsey
    • Dale Leys
    • Jeanetta Riley
    • Holly Rudolph
    • Timothy Schroeder
  • 2014
    • James McCoy
    • Robert Pilgrim
    • Ajay Das
    • Daniel Hepworth
    • Cynthia Barnett
    • Michael D'Ambrosio
    • Rudy Ottway
    • Alyx Shultz
  • 2015
    • Glynn Mangold
    • Mi-Hwa Park
    • Christopher Mitchell
    • Daniel Wann
    • Michael Flinn
    • Kevin Miller
    • Nancy Armstrong
  • 2016
    • Heath Keller
    • Jeffrey Wylie
    • Jana Hackathorn
    • Danielle Nielsen
    • David Fender
    • Christopher Mecklin
    • Elizabeth Price
  • 2017
    • Mickey MIller
    • Rebecca Pender Baum
    • Andrew Black
    • Matthew Crider
    • Traci Byrd
    • Christopher Trzepacz
    • Michelle Santiago
  • 2018
    • Frances Smith
    • Brian Bourke
    • Deborah Bell
    • Yoko Hatakeyama
    • Rebecca Williams
    • Elizabeth Donovan
    • Sterling Wright
    • Shea Porr
  • 2019
    • Crystal Coel
    • Katherine Hancock
    • Michael Bordieri
    • Aaron Irvin
    • Yousif Abulhassan
    • Michelle Casey
    • Kathy Stanczyk
    • Jeffrey Henry
  • 2000
    • Harry Conley
    • Dwayne Driskill
    • Renae Duncan
    • David Eldredge
    • Jean Miller
    • Camille Serre
  • 2001
    • Margaret Boldt
    • David Ferguson
    • Yoko Hatakeyama
    • John Homa
    • John McLaren
    • Edward Owuso-Ansah
    • Jo Robertson
  • 2002
    • Bradley L. Almquist
    • M. Thomas Lough
    • Wade A. Northington
    • Michael B. Perlow
    • Holly S. Rudolph
    • Edward L. Thome
  • 2003
    • T. Wayne Beasley
    • Renee W. Campoy
    • Betty Driver
    • David L. Fender
    • V. Lynn Leasure
    • Paul Sasso
    • Howard Whiteman
  • 2004
    • J. Duane Bolin
    • Kenneth Bowman
    • Laura Dawkins
    • K. Renee Fister
    • C. Jeff Frame
    • Arlene Hall
    • H. Allen White
  • 2005
    • J. Ricky Cox
    • Laura Ewald
    • Larry Guin
    • William Mulligan
    • Ivan Pulinkala
    • Virginia Richerson
    • Matthew Wiggins
  • 2006
    • David Durr
    • Susan Edington
    • Marcie Johnson
    • Dana Manley
    • Alysia Ritter
    • James Rogers
    • Patrick Williams
  • 2007
    • David Eaton
    • Claire Fuller
    • David Gibson
    • Eileen Mason
    • Pam Matlock
    • Ann Neelon
    • Peggy Schrock
  • 2008
    • Kevin Binfield
    • John Dressler
    • Bertus Ferreira
    • Terry McCreary
    • Thomas Miller
    • William Payne
    • Mary Lou Yeatts
  • 2009
    • Linda Bartnik
    • Randall Black
    • Traci Byrd
    • Jacqueline Hansen
    • Jeffrey Osborne
    • Kelly Pearson
    • Robert Valentine
  • 1990
    • Louis M. Beyer
    • Marilyn Condon
    • Suzanne M. Keeslar
    • Robert A. Seay
    • Bert A. Siebold
    • Jerry B. Speight
  • 1991
    • Stephen B. Brown
    • C. Dwayne Driskill
    • Tharon M. Kirk
    • Hughie G. Lawson
    • J. Kenneth Purcell
    • Clyde T. Stambaugh
  • 1992
    • Luis A. Bartolucci
    • John F. Dillon
    • Larry D. Guin
    • Bonnie Higginson
    • Joel L. Royalty
    • William Whitaker
  • 1993
    • John H. Adams
    • Joseph A. Baust, Sr.
    • Steven C. Bishop
    • Terry D. Canerdy
    • Susan K. Dunman
    • Hamid R. Kobraei
    • Virginia Richerson
  • 1994
    • Barry T. Brown
    • Sally A. DuFord
    • Moira A. Fallon
    • Vernon W. Gantt
    • Cynthia E. Rebar
    • Wallace J. Swan
  • 1995
    • Bill E. Burnley
    • Fred H. Cornelius
    • James D. Davis
    • Clifton T. Jones
    • Richard J. Scott
    • Richard H. Usher
  • 1996
    • Oleta Burkeen
    • Gene Garfield
    • Michael Moode
    • Lou Tillson
    • Kathryn Timmons
    • Kenneth Wolf
  • 1997
    • Janet Brewer
    • Margaret Brown
    • Jo-Ann Hammons
    • William E. Maddox
    • James Rudolph
    • Peggy Schrock
    • John A. Thompson
  • 1998
    • Linda Bouck
    • Terry Derting
    • J. Milton Grimes
    • Martin Jacobs
    • Martin Milkman
    • Fred Shepard
  • 1999
    • Dan Brown
    • O. Ted Brown
    • Bonnie McNeely
    • Elizabeth Powell
    • John Steffa
    • Yvonne Stephens
  • 1985
    • M. Sue Brown
    • John Faughn
    • Janice Hooks
    • Karl F. Hussung
    • Andrew C. Kellie
    • W. Ray Mofield
  • 1986
    • Charlotte Beahan
    • James Biggs
    • Harold Eversmeyer
    • James Frank
    • Eugene Schanbacher
    • Philip Tibbs
  • 1987
    • Allan L. Beane
    • George N. Britt, Jr.
    • Bennie L. Cooper
    • Vernon W. Gantt
    • Julie H. Lovins
    • Farouk F. Umar
  • 1988
    • Eddie R. Adams
    • Jeanette Furches
    • Dieter Jedan
    • "Buddy" Krizan
    • Sam H. Minner
    • Charles G. Snead
  • 1989
    • Rose Bogal-Allbritten
    • Raymond L. Conklin
    • Charles H. Hulick
    • Thomas C. Kind
    • David G. Kraemer
    • James P. McCoy
    • Yushin Yoo

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