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

 

William DeWees
♦DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR♦
Dr. William DeWees
 

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
♦DISTINGUISHED RESEARCHER♦
Dr. Gary Stinchcomb
 

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
♦DISTINGUISHED MENTOR♦
Dr. William DeWees
 

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
♦OMICRON DELTA KAPPA ADVISOR OF THE YEAR♦
Dr. Howard Whiteman
 

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.

♦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.

Professor Patty Parish
Bauernfeind College of Business
Patty Parish
Dr. Justin Brogan
College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Justin Brogan
Dr. Jie Wu
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Dr. Jie Wu
Dr. Diane Nititham
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Dr. Diane Nititham
Dr. Laura Sullivan-Beckers
Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Dr. Laura Sullivan-Beckers
Dr. Kevin Revell
Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Dr. Kevin Revell
Dr. Donald Adongo
Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Dr. Donald Adongo
Dr. David Ferguson
Hutson School of Agriculture
Dr. David Ferguson

♦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
♦SERVICE LEARNING MENTOR♦
Dr. Robert Fritz
 

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
♦SANDRA FLYNN PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR♦
Dr. Cemil Kuzey
 

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.

♦OUTSTANDING COLLEGIATE RESEARCHERS♦

Dr. Cemil Kuzey
Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business
Dr. Cemil Kuzey
Dr. Brian Bourke
College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Brian Bourke
Dr. Jie Gao
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Dr. Jie Gao
Dr. Bikram Subedi
Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Dr. Bikram Subedi
Dr. Laura Hoffman
Hutson School of Agriculture
Dr. Laura Hoffman
Dr. Janice Thurmond
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Dr. Janice Thurmond
Dana Thompson
University Libraries
Dana Statton