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             Awards and Honors

The following are the awards and honors given to faculty members on an annual basis.  These awards have sometimes been established by the Provost’s office and sometimes established by outside donations to the college. They recognize the outstanding work of the faculty members in all area of their responsibilities: teaching, research, service, advising, and prominence.

Outstanding Faculty Award

Established by the student body governing board in 1984, the Outstanding Faculty Award is presented each year to a member of the faculty who demonstrates excellence in teaching and College involvement as determined by a selection process administered by the Student Senate.  Nominated faculty members are judged, among other things, on presentation of course material, fair and ethical teaching practices, rapport with students, and extent of involvement in College activities.  A faculty member may receive the award more than once. Students present this cash award at graduation.

Edward G. Harness Endowment

Established in 1985, the Harness Award honors and rewards Marietta College faculty whose teaching is considered distinctive and who are worthy of the honor of being designated “Harness Fellows.”  Recipients receive a $3,000 salary enhancement for three years.  Edward G. Harness, Class of 1940, was a member of the Marietta College Board of Trustees for more than two decades and served for 15 years as either its chair or vice chair.  Since 1985, up to four Harness Fellows are selected annually for three-year terms.  The Harness Award was reviewed in 2004 and the criteria by which recipients are selected are being modified as of this writing.

McCoy Professorship

Current or new Marietta College faculty members who have been recognized as outstanding teachers by a selection committee composed of nationally-recognized teachers and scholars, who are not members of the Marietta College community, may be named McCoy Professors.  The four-year designation, with possibility of renewal, also includes an annual salary supplement.  There is a $10,000 salary enhancement for four years, and a $5,000 enhancement for the fifth year, regardless of rank.  A honorific title remains with the recipient during the time of employment at the College.  The program was established in 1993 as part of the McCoy Endowment for Teaching Excellence, which was donated to Marietta College by John G. McCoy, Class of 1935, and his wife, Jeanne.

Innovative Teaching Award

The Innovative Teaching Award has been granted to faculty members since 2001.  Recipients are selected by the faculty development committee from among those nominated. Funding comes from a restricted account.

Criteria considered when evaluating the nominated teaching innovation include:

Considering the wide range of activities that potentially qualify, the selection process relies upon these relatively broad criteria.  A higher ranking is given where the description clearly documents positive outcomes, e.g., how the teaching technique has improved skills, deepened or broadened understanding, honed critical thinking skills, etc., of Marietta College students.  The effort and time spent in development of the teaching  system and the extent of the curricular changes are also considered.  Innovations that have been developed at the College and shared with a broader extra-campus audience are  ranked higher than those developed elsewhere and applied here.


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In order to share ideas with the College community, recipients are expected to describe their teaching innovation at a Faculty Development Forum, possibly as a joint presenter with other recipients.  Award winners describe the teaching innovation and when it was implemented, provide an explanation of how it is an improvement over the earlier strategy and evidence of positive educational outcomes, and detail any other pertinent information (such as the source of the innovation).

The $2,000 award is a one-time salary enhancement and the funds come from a restricted fund.  Should the process necessitate selection of the best among the worthy, nominees not chosen for awards will be encouraged to resubmit.  Some innovations may be bolstered for resubmission merely through a longer and better- documented track record of success.

Douglas Putnam Service Award

Established in 2001, the Douglas Putnam Service Award (a plaque and gift certificate) recognizes individuals who have served the College in extraordinary ways.  These are acts that go beyond the normal expectation of service to the department or campus and include volunteer actions where the faculty member has taken on a task beyond the job expectations. The Provost, in consultation with the faculty council, names the individuals to receive this award.

Research Award

The Research Award, established in 2003, recognizes faculty members for significant contributions to their discipline, typically through a refereed publication or juried creative product.  Recipients receive $2000 in the form of an “expense line” to fund future research. The faculty development committee selects the recipients from among those nominated. Funding comes from the Provost’s budget.

 Community Service Leadership Award

This award is given to a College faculty or staff member who has made significant contributions to the Marietta community. Selection is made by the President, Provost, and the Director of Civic Engagement for the McDonough Center. No funding goes with this award.

Advising Award

Established in 2004, the Advising Award, a one-time $500 salary supplement, is given to faculty members who demonstrate quality advising in the areas of mentoring students in their transition to college, helping students with selection of courses, their major, and their career, and life planning. The selection is made by the Assistant Dean of First Year Experience and Advising in consultation with the faculty development committee. Funding comes from the Provost’s budget.

Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award

The Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, established in 2004, honors up to three individuals (a faculty member, staff member, and student) who have suggested, developed, and/or implemented programs, policies, and/or procedures that have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing the diversity of Marietta College or who have taken actions that meet the same goals. The Provost asks for nominations and in consultation with faculty council, selects the winners. Any funding for the plaques comes from the Provost’s budget.

2.         Named Chairs


Named chairs are created by donations that help support a particular academic specialty.   The donation either creates a new endowed position or provides budget relief for all or part of an existing position or provides additional salary for a faculty member. If at all possible the endowment will provide an annual instructional or research grant to the faculty member selected.

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When a named chair is available to be filled, the President and the Provost will call for nominations from the campus community. Nominations should identify the qualifications of the candidate and be submitted within three weeks of the announcement. In consultation with the faculty council the Provost and President make the final appointment.

All named chairs that existed in the fall of 2005 (#1-#12) will have an annual instructional grant awarded to the faculty member filling that chair in the amount of  $2,000. This funding comes from a restricted fund specifically established to encourage good teaching practices at Marietta College. Subsequent named chairs will have an instructional or research grant built into the fund at the time the donation is solicited.

As of  September 2005 were:

1.        Israel Ward Andrews Professorship in Religion

  1. Established 1905 by Dr. Israel Ward Andrews.

  2. President of the College 1855-1885.

2.        The Benedum Professorship.

  1. Established 1965 by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

  2. Among other members of the family, the fund is in memory of Michael L. Benedum.

  3. In support of the Chair of the Edwy R. Brown Department of Petroleum Engineering.

3.        The Erwin Professorship in Chemistry.

  1. Memorial to Cornelius B. Erwin, a benefactor of the College, died 1885.

  2. Reestablished in 1935 after being unassigned for many years.

4.        The William R. and Marie Adamson Flesher Chair in the Humanities.

  1. Established 1983 from funds left by the Drs. Flesher, both deceased.

  2. The Fleshers are recipients of the only joint conferral of an honorary degree to date by the College.

5.        The Milton Friedman Chair in Economics.

  1. Funded through a trust established by Lester E and Alice McCoy Merydith.

  2. College class of 1927 and 1928.

6.        The Petroleum Industry Partnership Chair.

  1. Established with gifts from several interested corporations and two bequests from persons who were active in the petroleum industry.

  2. Among them, Mobil Oil, Consolidated Natural Gas, Standard Oil of Ohio, Gulf/Chevron, and Conoco.

7.        The Molly C. Putnam Professorship in Religion.

  1. Established in 1973 in the wills of Molly Putnam and husband Douglas.

  2. She and her husband were in the class of 1881.

8.        The Rickey Professorships (2).

  1. Established in 2000 through a gift from David M. Rickey, Class of 1978.

  2. Also a gift from the J&D Family Foundation of San Diego and Jan E. Nielsen.

9.        The Andrew U. Thomas Professorship in History.

  1. Established in 1966 as a memorial to Mr. Thomas by wife Lenore B. Thomas.

  2. Graduate of Class of 1921, and a former trustee of the College.

10.     The Ebenezer Baldwin Andrews Chair of Natural Science.

  1. Established 1925, Endowed in 1934 under the will of Katherine Andrews Mather.

  2. Her father, a professor of geology, mineralogy, and chemistry 1851-1870.

11.     The Henderson Professorship in Philosophy.

  1. Bequeathed in 1892 by Dr. Henry Smith, President Marietta College 1851-1870.

  2. Named in memory of his mother.

12.     The Hillyer Professorship in English Literature, Rhetoric, and Oratory.

  1. Established 1879 through funds provided by Truman Hillyer.


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