Dr. Don Holly (Anthropology) has been awarded the 2021 Distinguished Faculty Award. His 16 years of commitment to EIU through his teaching, research, and service are demonstrated by his work in and out of the classroom. Dr. Holly's service ranges from being active in Faculty Fellows to chairing numerous committees, such as vice-president search committees and Faculty Senate. His archaeological work in Newfoundland, Canada involves students in exhilarating discovery and hands-on learning opportunities. His contribution to general education has also been a part of the important work he has accomplished at EIU, as he continuously strives to engage students in critical thinking while informing students from across campus on a subject he is passionate about. In addition, Dr. Holly has published two books, numerous journal articles, and research reports. He has also presented his work at multiple conferences and secured grant funding. Dr. Holly exemplifies the qualities of a distinguished faculty member for his enthusiasm for teaching, his dedication to service, and advancement of research.
Dr. Rebecca Tadlock-Marlo (Counseling and Higher Education) has been awarded the 2020 Distinguished Faculty Award. She is praised by her colleagues as being the embodiment of the engaged faculty member through her engaging and innovative teaching, her extensive research, and commitment to serving EIU. Her contribution to advancing the field of counseling, as well as sharing her teaching methods with her peers from EIU to across the nation, has allowed her to not only excel herself, but to help others as well. In addition to her effective teaching practices, as demonstrated by her high student evaluation, she dedicates her time to mentoring students and faculty, in order to push them to achieve their best. She has served EIU on recruitment, curriculum and orientation committees, along with being a leader in the community by assisting SACIS, the Journey Counseling Center, and several areas schools as a consultant. Her devotion and selflessness has provided exceptional value to her department, the university, and her community.
Dr. Newton Key (History) has been awarded the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award. For almost three decades he has maintained an extraordinary record of teaching, research, and service at Eastern Illinois University. Among his colleagues and students, he has a reputation as an innovative and inspiring teacher, which has earned him teaching and mentoring awards. As an active scholar of Seventeenth Century England, Dr. Key coauthored a widely used textbook on early modern England, regularly publishes in his field, and serves as webmaster for the earlymodernengland blog. And while serving currently as the Director of EIU's Faculty Development & Innovation Center (FDIC), Dr. Key also serves on numerous other committees, generously sharing his time and expertise. We honor Dr. Key for his dedication, intellectual rigor, and care for his students and colleagues at Eastern Illinois University.
Dr. Gary Aylesworth (Philosophy) has been awarded the 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award. Congratulations! For nearly three decades he has consistently maintained a level of superior performance as a teacher, researcher, and in service to our university and his professional discipline. From his work on restructuring the curriculum and courses in his department in order to be more rigorous, to creating interdisciplinary connections with the Art Department, to continuously being visible and available on campus to talk with students, his teaching ability has impacted many areas of the Philosophy Department. Furthermore, Dr. Aylesworth has served as the Chair of his department, the Honors Coordinator, the faculty adviser for the EIU Society of Free Thought, Faculty Senate, and other various committees. His multiple presentations, translations of work, and publications reflect a wide variety of interests to many different audiences. Dr. Aylesworth demonstrates the outstanding qualities to be granted the Distinguished Faculty Award.
Dr. Linda Ghent (Economics) has been awarded the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award. Congratulations! Dr. Ghent has served EIU in the Department of Economics for 17 years with excellence in the areas of service, teaching, and research. In addition to Chairing the Economics Department, she has been active on many committees, such as chairing UPC. She won the Clay Service award in ’15, and she has won ACA’s in Teaching and in Balanced. In addition to receiving multiple recognitions for her teaching from both students and her faculty peers over the course of many years, her teaching has been innovative, as reflected in the interesting variety of topics she addresses in her courses and the fact that her teaching reaches students outside of the Economics Department. Her research appears in both traditional peer-reviewed sources for scholars in her field and on digital platforms that reach a wider audience, thus enhancing EIU’s reputation beyond our own campus and local community. These are just a few of the areas in which Dr. Ghent has excelled within the Department of Economics and EIU.
Dr. Lynne Curry (History) has been awarded the 2016 Distinguished Faculty Award. As a faculty member for nearly 20 years, she has excelled in teaching, research, and service. Her passion is exemplified through her ability to inspire students through her teaching. In additiona, she has published in numerous books and journals, presented at national and international conferences, and obtained multiple grants. Her ability to balance these tasks, along with her service on committees such as the Undergraduate Research Task Force, Women’s History Month Committee, and the NEH Proposal Evaluation Committee, demonstrates her distinguished record at EIU.
William Addison (Psychology) received his B.A. from Shippensburg University, his M.A. from Marshall University, and his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Miami University. He has been a member of the EIU Psychology Department since 1987. In addition to the thousands of students he has taught during his 28 years at EIU, he has supervised more than 100 graduate and undergraduate research students, virtually all of whom presented their findings at regional and/or national meetings. He is a fellow and former President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association (APA); and a charter fellow of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA). Since 1994, he has co-chaired the Psychology Panel for the Illinois Articulation Initiative, which reviews the transfer of psychology courses among colleges and universities in Illinois.
Dr. Addison’s publications include teaching-oriented articles in such journals as Teaching of Psychology and College Student Journal. He also presents regularly at annual meetings of APA and MPA; and at the Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology. He has served as a consulting editor and reviewer for the journal Teaching of Psychology, as a member of the GRE Psychology Test Development Committee, and as a faculty consultant for the annual Advanced Placement exam in psychology. He participated in the 1999 National Forum on Psychology Partnerships, and the 2008 National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology: A Blueprint for the Future of the Discipline. Additionally, he has served as an external reviewer for psychology programs at more than 20 institutions across the U.S.
2014 Andrew S. Methven (Biological Sciences)
2013 Melanie Mills (Communication Studies)
2012 Bailey K. Young (History)
2011 David Raybin (English)
2010 Janet Marquardt (Art)
2009 David Radavich (English)
2008 Robert U. Fischer (Biological Sciences)
2007 Roger Beck (History)
2006 Ruth Hoberman (English)
2005 Roger Luft (Technology)
2004 John Best (Psychology)
2003 Luis Clay Mendez (Foreign Languages) and William G. Kirk (Psychology)
2002 David A. Carpenter (English) and George P. Sanders (Music)
2001 Bruce Guernsey (English)
2000 Gail J. Richard (Communication Disorders and Sciences)
1999 Susan Kaufman (Journalism)
1998 Frank McCormick (English)
1997 Marylin Lisowski (Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle-Level Education)
1996 Giles Henderson (Chemistry) and Ronald Gary Wallace (Geology/Geography)
1995 Bill Heyduck (Art)
1994 Robert N. Barger (Secondary Education and Foundations)
1993 Kandy Baumgardner (Zoology)
1992 M. Lee Steinmetz (English)
1991 Kipp C. Kruse (Zoology)
1990 Ruth Dow (Home Economics)
1989 Lawrence B. Hunt (Zoology), James Quivey (English), and Robert B. Sonderman (Technology)
1988 Michael Goodrich (Zoology) and Richard Keiter (Chemistry)
1987 June M. Krutza (Art) and John David Reed (Journalism)
1986 Alan R. Aulabaugh (Music) and Catherine A. Smith (Music)
1985 Eugene B. Krehbiel (Zoology) and Donald F. Tingley (History)
1984 Jerome J. Rooke (Accountancy, Data Processing and Finance)
1983 Wayne Thurman (Speech Pathology and Audiology) and Lynn Edgar Trank (Art)
1982 E. Glendon Gabbard (Theatre Arts), Lavern Hamand (History), and Leonard Wood (History and Cooperative Education)
1981 Joseph T. Connelly (Political Science) and Lucina P. Gabbard (English)
1980 Michael B. Leyden (Elementary and Junior High School Education) and Lawrence A. Ringenberg (Mathematics)
1979 Edward O. Moll (Zoology) and John E. Price (Music)
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