Campus News 2011

For Immediate Release
May 6, 2011

Schreiner recognizes outstanding faculty

Dr. Charlie McCormick, Schreiner University provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced the University’s annual faculty awards at a recognition banquet in April. Six Schreiner professors were honored.

Dr. Diana Comuzzie, professor of biology and dean of the Trull School of Sciences and Mathematics, received the Margaret Hosler Award for Excellence in Teaching. Students nominate their professors for this award on the basis of a professor’s teaching ability and whether he or she creates a lasting impression on students. Dr. Comuzzie received the Hosler award in 2003 and has been the recipient of the Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching along with the science faculty, the Harriet Garrett Award for Teaching Excellence and Advisor of the Year. She was named a Piper Professor in 2006.

The Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching was awarded to Dr. Danette Vines, associate professor of chemistry. The Whitehurst Teaching Award recipient is chosen by a group of public school teachers and Dr. McCormick. The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation funds this award, which comes with a $2,000 stipend to be used for a university teaching project.
Dr. Charles Salter, assistant professor of business, received the Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. Dr. Salter received this award in recognition of his publications and presentations, including papers presented at the International Technology, Education and Development Conference in Spain and the Southwest Academy of Management in Houston.

Schreiner students voted the Harriet Garrett Award for Teaching Excellence to Dr. Charles Torti, associate professor of business. Dr. Torti was the 2010 winner of the Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching.
The 2011 Advisor of the Year is Lesa Presley, instructor of biology, which is awarded by Dr. McCormick and the Schreiner deans.
Marcia Rae McCulley, instructor of art and Schreiner alumna, was awarded the Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award. She teaches classes in clay and ceramics.
In addition to the annual awards, Donald Crandall, Schreiner professor of music, has been awarded the Nancy and Cecil Atkission Professorship. The endowed professorship was established in 2008 to increase the University’s ability to recruit and retain faculty members whose abilities and qualifications contribute significantly to the quality of Schreiner’s academic program. Recipients have a three-year term. Professor Crandall was awarded the Margaret Hosler Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000.

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