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Schreiner University Names Recipients of Faculty Excellence Awards

Faculty Awards Winners

KERRVILLE, TX - Schreiner University recognized the achievements of five faculty at an annual dinner reception at the university’s event center.  Dr. Diana Comuzzie, University Provost, handed out the following awards: Dr. Sam Dreeben, the Margaret Hosler Award for Excellence in Teaching; Tracy Schluter, the Part Time Teaching Award; Dr. Mark Woodhull for Outstanding Service to the University; Dr. Brian Bernard, the Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity; and Dr. Barry Shaw, the Harriet Garett Award for Teaching Excellence.          

Dr. Sam Dreeben, Psychology professor, received the Margaret Hosler Award. The Hosler Award recognizes a teacher who makes a difference in the life of a student. The candidate is nominated by students and selected by a group of upper classmen students.  

“Dr. Dreeben not only demonstrated concern for the student who nominated him, but he helped navigate her future career,” said Comuzzie. “He took it a step further and helped her lay out a path for graduate school and get an internship. He is great at helping students learn more about themselves and learn what they are capable of.”

Dr. Mark Woodhull won the award for Outstanding Service. Woodhull is a business professor who is credited for revitalizing the MIS program, co-creating the CIT degree, and transitioning the MBA program from a face-to-face to a 100% online degree program. In addition, he has sought out and continues to seek innovative opportunities for the business department as well as for the university. 

The committee awarded the Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity to Dr. Brian Bernard. This year, Dr. Bernard wrote and peer reviewed articles in several prominent engineering publications to include an article titled “Snap-Through Twinkling Energy Generator Through Frequency Up-Conversion" in the Journal of Sound and Vibration. In addition, he presented at several industry forums; one topic was “Using 9-axis motion sensors to model and classify different behaviors of the lower jaw.” 

“Although an engineering professor, Bernard is very right-brained and creative,” said Comuzzie. “Most intriguing to the committee is a creative piece he produced that debuted very recently called ‘Harry Potter and the Boy Who Never Lived: Part 1,’ which is a film about the story of Harry Potter sans Harry Potter.”

Typically given out to a long-time faculty member, the Harriet Garrett Award is voted on by the students during the student elections. The students gave the award to Dr. Barry Shaw, Exercise Science professor, making this his second year in a row to receive an outstanding teaching award. He received the Margaret Hosler Award in 2017.

“Dr. Shaw has been a valuable member of our faculty since 1992, and it is not surprising that the students nominated him again this year,” said Comuzzie. “He organizes experiences outside of the classroom that gets students to where they need to be, and they recognize the value in that.”

Tracy Schluter received the Part Time Teaching Award, only given out when there is a nominee who is especially noteworthy. Schluter is an adjunct Sociology professor noted for her enthusiasm and energy. She incorporates interactive learning and creative case studies in her classroom and is always willing to go above and beyond to help her students succeed.