Dr. Sterling (Philosophy) is an EIU alumnus who graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Philosophy, went on to earn a PhD from Iowa, and returned to EIU in 1990 to teach. He has since been intensely committed to student learning and to EIU. His 30+ year career is a model of academic distinction.
During these years, Dr. Sterling has earned just about every award possible at EIU. The Faculty Laureate Award for excellence in teaching, the Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award, an acknowledgment of dedication and service to the university, the profession, and the community, a collection of Achievement and Contribution Awards, and now, the Distinguished Faculty Award, one of the most prestigious awards available to EIU faculty. His activities at EIU entail being fully engaged in his profession and his discipline. Students flock to his classes, his scholarly pursuits include active participation in many regional conferences and several noteworthy publications, including his book Intuitionism and Its Critics, and his service roles are labor intensive, leadership roles, such as Chief Negotiator for EIU-UPI negotiations, Chair of Faculty Senate, and EIU General Education Coordinator. He serves as Chairman of the Board at First Christian Church and has served on the UPI Illinois Federation of Teachers Higher Education Constituency Committee. Dr. Sterling’s career reflects the practical value of a degree in the humanities, a degree in Philosophy. So, for those out there earning degrees in the humanities, take note. There is value, marketability, and distinction, in doing what you love.
Dr. Jeff Stowell (Psychology) Dr. Jeff Stowell’s service to EIU is at such an incomparable level that it would be difficult to imagine what EIU would look like without his extraordinary commitment to this institution.
He is our accreditation liaison. He is on the textbook advisory committee (in the past chair), the academic program elimination committee, and the institutional animal care and use committee. He has served on the online learning board (co-chaired), HLC assurance review committee (also co-chaired), learning goal subcommittee (chair, of course), and dozens of other committees (university, college, and department) representing many, many years of collective service to our institution. Beyond the gates of EIU, Jeff serves our state and his discipline on the Illinois College Course Materials Affordability and Equitable Access Task Force, IAI Transfer Psychology Panel, and as a reviewer for various journals and presses, among other things. He is currently the executive director of the Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference. Last, but certainly not least, Jeff has served continuously on Faculty Senate since 2010, and for the last seven years as Vice-Chair (for which he gets no CUs). Jeff is an innovator and early adopter of classroom technology. He is also conscientious in how he uses these new tools, ever careful to assure that they are actually improving the educational experience for students, as well as their retention and understanding. Jeff has been named the Psi Chi (Psychology Honor’s Society) chapter’s faculty member of the year, four times, and he has been nominated for U.S Professor of the year three times. In addition, he has received a TurningPoint teaching award, the Michael R. Hoadley Instructional Technology Award, an award for a textbook he contributed to (the McGuffey Award), along with teaching awards from our Honors College, the College of Sciences, the School of Continuing Education, and the Department of Psychology, among many other accolades. In 2012 he was named Faculty Laureate, arguably the highest teaching award at our University. Jeff’s record of outstanding research is another feather in our collective hats. Much of his most recent research focuses on the application of various teaching technologies and strategies, and their assessment. This is the kind of work that doesn’t just benefit our students and faculty, but faculty and students everywhere. It is also particularly relevant and timely, given the global pivot to online instruction in the wake of the Covid epidemic, and the changing demographics of our nation that will compel universities to reach out and cater to the unique needs of non-traditional students. Jeff is the author of more than three dozen journal articles and book chapters on these subjects. Many of these are co-written with students. He has also co-authored or edited another dozen works on line and in print, including the books Activities for Teaching Statistics and Research Methods (APA, 2017), and Getting Connected: Best Practices for Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning in Psychology (Oxford, 2011). True to the criteria for the award, Jeff exemplifies achievement in every area – service, teaching, and research – for which a professor’s work is traditionally measured.
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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