Faculty Award and Recognition

Recognition of faculty endeavor and achievement has always been a priority of the university and duly notes the contributions made by faculty in support of enhanced scholastic opportunities and engaged development of the region.

In 2003, the Faculty Recognition Banquet was initiated to reflect on and celebrate many of the outstanding accomplishments of Murray State Faculty. Dr. Terry Strieter, Faculty Regent, and Dr. Gary Brockway, Provost, worked with Mr. Jim Carter and Dr. Don Robertson, Vice Presidents, to transition the official acknowledgement of various faculty accolades to a single university event. The Faculty Recognition Banquet has become an Murray State tradition supported by alumni, faculty, and students. The following awards sponsored by Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and the Murray State Alumni Association are acknowledged at the annual event held the third Thursday of April during the campus’s Scholars Week celebration.

2020 Faculty Awards

Dr. Christopher Craig
♦PRESIDENTIAL RESEARCH AWARD♦
Dr. Christopher Craig
 

The Presidential Research Award is juried by the Research Policy Committee and is highly competitive. This award is presented to a full-time faculty, professional staff, or administrative faculty member engaged in research, scholarly, or creative activity resulting in a significant contribution to their professional fields.

Dr. Iin Handayani
♦DISTINGUISHED MENTOR♦
Dr. Iin Handayani
 

The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in conjunction with the Office of Research and Creative Activity, presents this award to recognize the considerable efforts and accomplishments of a full-time faculty member who serves as an effective and motivational teacher, advocate, sponsor, and role model to students. Recipients are named  on a permanent plaque in the Provost Office.

Dr. Miguel Gomez
♦OMICRON DELTA KAPPA ADVISOR OF THE YEAR♦
Dr. Miguel Gomez
 

The Office of Student Affairs, the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Omicron Delta Kappa developed this  award to help recognize a faculty member who has gone above and beyond the requirements of his or her job and served as an outstanding faculty advisor.

♦BOARD OF REGENTS TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS♦

These awards have been instituted as an annual effort by the Board of Regents to honor faculty members who, in the judgment of peers, deserve recognition as exemplary teachers. Plaques of award recipients are hung in Heritage Hall.

Dr. Amanda Grossman
Bauernfeind College of Business
Dr. Amanda Grossman
Dr. Christina Grant
College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Christina Grant
Dr. Carrie Jerrell
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Dr. Carrie Jerrell
Dr. Marc Polizzi
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Dr. Marc Polizzi
Dr. Marcie Venter
Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Dr. Marcie Venter
Dr. David Wilbanks
Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Dr. David Wilbanks
Barbie Papajeski
Hutson School of Agriculture
Barbie Papajeski
Dr. Tonia Mailow
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Dr. Tonia Mailow
David Ferguson
♦DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR♦
Dr. David Ferguson
 

Established in 1964, the award recognizes a faculty member for teaching excellence and classroom performance, concern for students, professional activity, and recognition/service to the university and community. The Distinguished Professor carries the mace during the processional at Commencement.

Dr. Joshua Adair
♦DISTINGUISHED RESEARCHER♦
Dr. Joshua Adair
 

The Distinguished Researcher Award was established in 2002 by the MSU Alumni Association to recognize outstanding achievement in pure or applied research. This award reflects the significance of faculty research to the educational environment at Murray State.

♦EMERGING SCHOLARS♦

The MSU Alumni Association’s Emerging Scholar Award is intended to give special recognition for superior research, scholarly, or creative work conducted by Murray State University faculty members who are in the early phases of their careers.

Dr. Marcie Venter
Dr. Marcie Venter - STEM
Dr. Michelle Panchuk
Dr. Michelle Panchuck - Non-STEM
Dr. Sara Coop
♦SANDRA FLYNN PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR♦
Dr. Sara Cooper
 

Murray State International students elect a professor each year who has shown outstanding support both in and outside of the classroom. Dr. Sandy Flynn was a dedicated mentor to all students. This award bearing her name honors her impact on International Education.

♦OUTSTANDING COLLEGIATE RESEARCHERS♦

Dr. Kemaly Parr
College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Kemaly Parr
Dr. Joshua Adair
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Dr. Joshua Adair
Dr. Abdul Yarali
Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Dr. Abdul Yarali
Dr. Jeffrey Young
Hutson School of Agriculture
Dr. Jeffrey Young
Dr. Nancy Armstrong
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Dr. Nancy Armstrong
Barbie Papajeski
University Libraries
A.J. Boston

♦YEARS OF SERVICE AWARDS♦

10 Years of Service

Ihsan Alkhatib Political Science and Sociology
Katherine Farmer University Libraries
Daniel Hepworth Community Leadership and Human Services
Karen Kane Music
Stefan Linnhoff Management, Marketing and Business Administration
Kevin Miller Chemistry
John Muenzberg English and Philosophy
Mi-Hwa Park Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Samir Patel Educational Studies, Leadership and Counseling
Alyx Shultz Hutson School of Agriculture
Elizabeth Thomas Journalism and Mass Communication
Justin Walsh Global Languages and Theatre Arts
Keith Wright Hutson School of Agriculture
   

15 Years of Service

Solomon Antony Computer Science and Information Systems
William Dewees Veterinary Technology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Bertus Ferreira Community Leadership and Human Services
Marcia Ford Telecommunications Systems Management
   

20 Years of Service

Traci Byrd Occupational Safety and Health
Lori Crouch Applied Health Sciences
Warren Edminster English and Philosophy
Terence Holmes Management, Marketing and Business Administration
Bommanna Loganathan Chemistry
Paul Lucko Community Leadership and Human Services
Robert Lyons Educational Studies, Leadership and Counseling
Pat McCutchen Political Science and Sociology
Christopher Mecklin Mathematics and Statistics
Brent Menchinger Global Languages and Theatre Arts
Shauna Mullins Academic Success
Kelly Pearson Mathematics and Statistics
Stephanie Rea Music
David Roach Mathematics and Statistics
Therese Saint Paul Global Languages and Theatre Arts
Raymond Sims Adolescent, Career and Special Education
Latricia Trites English and Philosophy
Eric Umstead Adolescent, Career and Special Education
Johna Veatch Breathitt Veterinary Center
Tan Zhang Mathematics and Statistics
   

25 Years of Service

Ralph Bokeno Organizational Communication
Haluk Cetin Earth and Environmental Sciences
Crystal Coel Organizational Communication
John Fannin Music
Michael Kemp Institute of Engineering
Barbie Papajeski Veterinary Technology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Timothy Todd Organizational Communication

30 Years of Service

Robert Pilgrim Computer Science and Information Systems
Victor Raj Computer Science and Information Systems

35 Years of Service

Scott Erickson Music
Hamid Kobraei Institute of Engineering
Robert Pervine Mathematics and Statistics