Dr. William Palmer, professor of history ,was among five finalists for the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia’s 2014 professor of the year award, the winner of which was named last week in a ceremony at the Culture Center in Charleston.
Palmer, who was selected as the Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award winner for 2013-2014, has been teaching history at Marshall since 1984. Although he did not win professor of the year, Palmer said he was still honored.
“All of the finalists were extremely impressive,” Palmer said. “I was just honored to be among them.”
Zachary Loughman, an assistant professor of biology at West Liberty University, was named the professor of the year by the Faculty Merit Foundation. Lisa Di Bartolomeo, director of the Slavic and Eastern European studies program at West Virginia University, was first runner-up.
Joining Palmer as the other finalists were Powsiri Klinkhachorn, professor of computer science and electrical engineering at WVU, and Harald Menz, professor of world languages and culture at Bethany College.
Palmer was introduced to the crowd at Tuesday’s event by Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs.
“Dr. Palmer has taught over forty different courses in his time at Marshall and over 6,000 students,” Ormiston said. “He has also won several of the university’s most prestigious awards for faculty, including the Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award in 1997, the Distinguished Artist and Scholar Award in 2008, and the Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Member Award in 2014.”
“His work with our students is most remarkable, given what he assumes to be true about students of history—in short, that they are capable of discipline-specific historiographical work at any level, from freshman to graduate.”
Dr. Kateryna Schray, a professor in the English department said, “Dr. Bill Palmer is truly an outstanding teacher, scholar, and campus citizen, earning the respect and admiration of students and colleagues alike. His many contributions to Marshall are invaluable, his energy is impressive, and his commitment to teaching is inspiring. I am proud to be part of a university that can boast of such faculty.”