Campus News 2007

For Immediate Release
May 2, 2007

2006-2007 Faculty Awards Announced

Dr. Mike Looney, Schreiner University provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced the tenth annual faculty awards for the 2006-2007 academic year at a gathering of Schreiner faculty and staff on April 27.

Five faculty members with awards  Schreiner faculty award winners, left to right, are Dr. Kirsten Komara, Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching; Dr. William Woods, Margaret Hosler Award for Excellence in Teaching and Harriet Garret Award for Excellence in Teaching; Dr. Jude Gallik, Advisor of the Year; Dr. Barry Shaw, Scholar of the Year; and Dr. Mark Woodhull, Scholar of the Year.

Dr. William Woods, professor of English and communications, received two teaching awards, the Margaret Hosler Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Harriet Garret Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Both awards are determined by students. The Margaret Hosler award recognizes teaching ability and a professor who has made a lasting impression. Students nominate their professors for this award and the recipient is decided upon by the previous year’s recipient and a group of senior students.
The Harriet Garret Award goes to a professor the students feel is an outstanding teacher, and the recipient is chosen by student vote. As the recipient of the Garret award, Woods led the procession of graduates into the May 5 commencement ceremony.

“I am literally speechless,” Woods said, “and the students who voted for me know that I am rarely speechless. I'm just overwhelmed by this honor and these awards, and so grateful to be able to get up every morning and do a job that I love doing. I am so fond of my students, their energy, their drive, their creativity -- I just feed off it. I can't say they keep me young, because most nights I go home exhausted, but it sure is an honor to be a part of their lives. And I am deeply, deeply humbled by the awards."

Dr. Kirsten Komara, director of Schreiner’s Writing Center received the Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching, which was established by the Hatton Sumners Foundation in 1986. This award is decided by a group of public school teachers, along with Looney, who cited Komara’s innovative series of writing workshops.

“I am happy and honored to receive the Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching,” Komara said. “The award will help me to develop a Writing Workshop Series that will focus on the writing process and on various writing strategies. The series will be opened to all Schreiner students, so the award will benefit the whole academic community. I am very excited about it.”

The Advisor of the Year Award was established in 2002, with the recipient chosen by Schreiner deans and Looney. This year’s recipient is Dr. Jude Gallik, assistant professor of psychology and director of Learning Services.

Gallik said her selection as Advisor of the Year “is an honor.” She added, “I love working with students individually, helping them plan for and achieve their educational goals, and watching their progress along the way.”

This year, two professors were recognized as Scholar of the Year: Dr. Barry Shaw, associate professor of exercise science, and Dr. Mark Woodhull, assistant professor of business. Deans nominate candidates for this award based on scholarly activity.

“I am honored to have been selected to share the 2007 Scholar of the Year Award with Schreiner University scholar, Dr. Barry Shaw,” Woodhull said. “I take my own scholarly interests seriously and I make every effort to guide our Schreiner University business students down the path of scholarship through joint research. We have an impressive diversity of inquisitive and quality-minded scholars among the faculty and students at Schreiner University that makes this that much more of a humbling honor for me.”

Shaw said he wasn’t expecting the award. “I was quite surprised to hear my name. It has been a fairly busy year for me and it was gratifying to be recognized for my efforts.”

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