Awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship and faculty service granted at Convocation
Muskingum University's Convocation, held August 27 on the campus, three
faculty members were recognized for excellence in teaching, scholarship
and service. The awards were presented by Vice President for Academic
Affairs Dr. James E. Callaghan.
The William Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence
in Teaching was awarded to Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Shelley
Amstutz-Szalay. This award is named in honor of an alumnus whose career
combined teaching, ministry and service as president of Miami University
and The Ohio State University.
In recognizing Dr. Amstutz-Szalay, Dr. Callaghan
said, “Dr. Amstutz-Szalay understands the needs of students and the
challenges that they face, particularly in the sciences. In addition,
she helped develop refined assessment tools to measure student learning
and success. Her dedication to students is not only evident, but
genuinely sincere and grounded in solid assessment practices.”
Dr. Amstutz-Szalay joined the faculty in 2008.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, her
master’s degree from the University of Michigan and her doctoral degree
from Walden University.
The William Rainey Harper Award for Outstanding
Scholarship was granted to Dr. William T. Kerrigan, Muskingum’s Arthur
G. Cole and Eloise Barnes Cole Distinguished Professor of American
History. In addition to this award, Dr. Kerrigan also received the
university’s William Oxley Thompson for Excellence in Teaching in 2011
and the 2007 Cora I. Orr Award for Service in 2007.
Of Dr. Kerrigan’s scholarship, Dr. Callaghan
said, “This past year, Dr. Kerrigan published a book that is already
getting a lot of attention. Entitled Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard: A Cultural History,
and published by the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Press, it has
quickly become a selection of the History Book Club and a portion of
the final chapter was accepted by the highly-regarded Antioch Review, which made it their lead essay in their Fall 2012 issue.”
Dr.Kerrigan joined the faculty in 1997. He earned
his bachelor’s degree from Austin College, his master’s degree from
Texas-Christian University and his doctoral degree from the University
The Cora I. Orr Faculty Service Award was
bestowed upon Dr. Larry Normansell, who is the Harry and Mary Evelyn
Laurent Distinguished Professor of Psychology. It is named in honor of a
Muskingum faculty member and administrator who served the university
with devotion and distinction for four decades.
Citing Dr. Normansell’s achievements at the
university, Dr. Callaghan said, “Dr. Normansell has distinguished
himself through his dedication to his students and – equally – through
his dedication to a broad spectrum of service to the university. He is
devoted to students and to student success. From first-year students to
upper-class and transfers and more, you can count on Dr. Normansell to
step-up and be available to not only assist, but to take a personal
interest in the success of our students.”
Dr. Normansell joined the faculty in 1986. He
earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and both
his master’s degree and his doctoral degree from Bowling Green State
In the photo: Award recipients
are, from the left to right, Dr. Larry Normansell, Dr. William Kerrigan,
Dr. Shelley Amstutz Szalay and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr.
James Callaghan, who presented the awards.