Campus News 2009

For Immediate Release
May 04, 2009

Schreiner University honors faculty members
Dr. Candice Scott, Schreiner’s interim vice president for academic affairs, announced the 2008-09 faculty awards at a dinner honoring Schreiner faculty on April 24.

Dr. Stefan T. Mecay

Dr. Stefan T. Mecay, associate professor of mathematics, received the Harriett Garrett Teacher of the Year Award, which is selected by students in recognition of outstanding teaching. Dr. Mecay also had the honor of leading the procession of graduates into the Edington Center to receive their diplomas. This is the third time and the second year in a row that he has received this award.

Dr. David Mulry Dr. David Mulry, associate professor of English, was awarded the Scholarship and Creative Activity Award. This year, Dr. Mulry made a presentation at the International Joseph Conrad Conference in England and chaired a panel at the same conference on Conrad’s late fiction. He published a paper in The Conradian and has had another paper accepted for publication by The Chronicle of Higher and two papers accepted at upcoming events: at the International Conrad Conference in London and at the MLA in Philadelphia in December. “On the creative side, I'm exploring the use of teaching with podcast audio lectures,” Mulry said, “and I've just completed my  first screenplay.

Dr. John Huddleston Dr. John Huddleston, professor of history, received the Advisor of the Year award, which was established in 2002. The recipient is chosen by Schreiner deans and the vice president for academic affairs.Sally Hannay

The Margaret Hosler Award for Excellence in Teaching went to Sally Hannay, an instructor in English. The award recognizes teaching ability and someone who has made a lasting impression on students, who nominate professors for the honor.

Karen BackorThe Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching, funded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, was given to Karen Backor, instructor of education and reading. Ms. Backor founded the Schreiner University Reading Academy, which helps area schoolchildren who need help with reading skills. The award comes with a stipend of $2,000 to be used for a special university teaching project.


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