Awards of distinction to be presented during spring general faculty meeting


Awards of distinction will be presented and retiring faculty recognized during Marshall’s spring general faculty meeting Tuesday, April 30, at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus.

The meeting begins at 2 p.m. and will include remarks from Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and Faculty Senate Chair Eldon Larsen.

Six people will receive the Distinguished Service Award and five will receive the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award.

To qualify for Distinguished Service Awards, persons must have at least 20 years of service at Marshall University, a record of distinguished service to the university and/or college, and a record of distinguished teaching as evidenced by peer, administrative and/or student evaluations. The Distinguished Service Award winners, each of whom will receive $1,000, are:

  • Dr. Robert Sawrey, professor, history, College of Liberal Arts
  • Professor A.E. “Art” Stringer, English, College of Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Lawrence Schmitz, professor, Chemistry, College of Science
  • Dr. Donna Spindel, dean, Graduate College
  • Dr. Joyce Meikamp, professor, special education, Graduate School of Education & Professional Development
  • Dr. Bob Rubenstein, professor, counseling, Graduate School of Education & Professional Development

Three individuals and one team of two people will receive the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award. To be eligible for the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Awards, faculty members must either be tenured or hold tenure-track appointments. The purpose of the award is to recognize distinction in the fields of artistic and scholarly activity on the part of the Marshall faculty. The senior recipients of the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Awards receive $2,000 apiece while the junior recipient receives $1,000. Team recipients receive $2,000 to be divided among team members. The Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award will be given to:

  • Dr. Monica Valentovic, Pharmacology, senior recipient for Sciences & Technology
  • Dr. Gwenyth Hood, English, senior recipient for Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education & Business
  • Dr. Paul Constantino, Biological Sciences, junior recipient in all fields.
  • Dr. Venkat Gudivada, Computer Science, and Dr. Anthony Szwilski, Applied Science & Technology, team award recipient in all fields

Two people will receive the John and Frances Rucker Graduate Adviser of the Year award, which acknowledges the contributions of Marshall’s outstanding graduate advisers. They are:

  • Dr. Stephen Cooper, professor, Communication Studies
  • Dr. Lisa Heaton, professor, Graduate School of Education & Professional Development

Marshall also is recognizing 19 retiring faculty who have a combined years of service. They are:

  • Dr. Mitchell L. Berk, professor, Anatomy & Pathology, School of Medicine, 31 years of service
  • Dr. Woodrow Berry, associate professor, Business Law, College of Business, 26 years of service
  • Dr. Michael Burton, professor, Counseling, Graduate School of Education & Professional Development, 38 years of service
  • Dr. Richard A. Coulon Jr., professor, Neuroscience, School of Medicine, 4 years of service
  • Dr. Kenneth E. Guyer, associate professor, Biochemistry & Microbiology, School of Medicine, 37 years of service
  • Dr. Heather Hagerman, professor, Counseling, Graduate School of Education & Professional Development, 28 years of service
  • Dr. Mary Harris-John, professor, Leadership Studies, Graduate School of Education & Professional Development, 9 years of service
  • Dr. Mahmood Heydarian, Pediatrics, professor, School of Medicine, 30 years of service
  • Dr. Shirley Lumpkin, professor, English, College of Liberal Arts, 30 years of service
  • Dr. Rudy Pauley, professor, Associate Vice President, Outreach & Continuing Studies, 15 years of service
  • Dr. Thomas K. Pauley, professor, Biological Sciences, College of Science, 47 years of service
  • Dr. J. Graham Rankin, professor, Forensic Science, School of Medicine, 19 years of service
  • Dr. Thomas K. Savory, assistant professor, Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, 31 years of service
  • Dr. Robert Sawrey, professor, History, College of Liberal Arts, 33 years of service
  • Dr. Waseem Shora, professor, Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, 17 years of service
  • Dr. Donna Spindel, professor and dean, History, College of Liberal Arts and Dean, Graduate College, 37 years of service
  • Professor Arthur E. Stringer, English, College of Liberal Arts, 25 years of service
  • Dr. Ruu-Tong Wang, assistant professor, Anatomy & Pathology, School of Medicine, 31 years of service
  • Dr. Ronald Wolf, professor, Special Education, Graduate School of Education & Professional Development, 24 years of service

Other faculty to be honored at the meeting, announced in a separate story, are:

  • Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award: Dr. Kateryna Schray, professor, English
  • Marshall & Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award: Dr. David Hatfield, associate professor, English
  • Pickens-Queen Excellence in Teaching Award: Dr. Allison E. Carey, assistant professor, English; Dr. Laura Michele Diener, assistant professor, history; and Daniel Kaufmann, assistant professor, photography

A reception to honor the retiring and award-winning faculty will take place in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center after the meeting.