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Marshall University Spring Faculty Meeting celebrates award recipients

Marshall University faculty were recognized today during the university’s spring general faculty meeting in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus.

Three people were given the Distinguished Service Awards.  Two qualify for Distinguished Service Awards, individuals 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 will receive $1,000.  They are:

Dr. Keith Beard, professor of psychology, College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Wendell Dobbs, professor of music, College of Arts & Media

Dr. Kelli Williams, professor of dietetics, College of Health Professions

Also recognized at the meeting were the following individuals who were honored with six separate awards. They are:

  • Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award: Dr. Laura Michele Diener, professor of History, College of Liberal Arts;
  • Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award: Dr. Laura McCunn-Jordan, professor of Chemistry, College of Science;
  • Pickens-Queen Teacher Award: Dr. Andrew Morelock, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Leslie-Dawn Quick, assistant professor of criminal justice, criminology and forensics science; and Dr. Julie Snyder-Yuly, assistant professor of communication studies;
  • Council of Chairs Award for Excellence in Teaching: Mr. Matthew Smith, assistant professor of art and design, College of Arts & Media.

Three faculty members were honored with the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award.  To be eligible for this award, 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 receive $2,000 each and the junior recipient receives $1,000.

The senior recipient for Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education & Business is Sarah McDermott, an associate professor in the School of Art and Design.  Also recognized as the Senior Recipient for Science & Technology was Dr. Rosalynn Quinones and associate professor in the department of Chemistry.  The Marshall University Distinguished Arts & Scholars Award Junior Recipient in all fields was Dr. Rozzbeh (Ross) Salary an assistant professor in the Weisberg Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering.

Yvonne Skoretz and Robert Deal were recognized with the John and Frances Rucker Graduate Adviser of the Year award, which acknowledges the contributions of Marshall’s outstanding graduate advisors.

Dr. Meghan Hancock, an assistant professor in the Department of English was selected for the Hedrick Faculty Teaching Fellowship Award.

The following 21 retiring faculty members , representing 453 years of service, were also recognized.  They are:

Dr. Phillip Carter | Social Work — 45 years

Dr. Elsa Mangiarua | Biomedical Sciences —37 years

Edward (Mike) Murphy | Theatre —36 years

Dr. Elizabeth Reed Smith | Music — 35 years

Dr. Robert Rubenstein | Counseling —34 years

Dr. Ariyadasa Aluthge | Mathematics —33 years

Dr. Robert Morgan | Chemistry —27 years

Dr. David Hermon | Counseling —26 years

Dr. Norman Cottrill | Pediatrics —25 years

Dr. Nega Debla | Elementary and Secondary Education —22 years

Dr. Marty Laubach | Sociology —20 years

Dr. Menashi Cohenford | Chemistry—19 years

Dr. John Parker, Jr. | Family & Community Health —19 years

Dr. Joseph Shapiro | School of Medicine—12 years

Dr. Jeffrey Boggess | Psychology —12 years

Dr. Debra Greene | Nursing —12 years

Dr. Ruthann Armeson | Undergraduate Teacher Education —10 years

Dr. Charles Yarbrough | Dermatology — 9 years

Dr. Davide Mauro | Computer Science and Electrical Engineering —7 years

Dr. Lisa Nord | Pharmacy —7 years

Dr. Gayle Brazeau | Pharmacy —6 years

The university also recognized four individuals in memoriam including: 
Dr. Wesley Shanholtzer | Mathematics & Physics — 37 years
Dr. Doug Henson | School of Medicine — 25 years
Dr. Ralph Oberste-Vorth | Mathematics & Physics — 9 years
Dr. Beverly Boggs | Assistant Vice President of Enrollment/Financial Aid — 4 years


Marshall President Brad D. Smith and Chief Financial Officer Matt Tidd also presented to the faculty on the state of the university.


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