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Awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship and faculty service granted at Convocation

At Muskingum University's Convocation, held September 1 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.

Lisa MarshallWilliam Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching – Dr. Lisa M. Marshall

The William Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching was awarded to Associate Professor of Communication Dr. Lisa M. Marshall. 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 addition to her faculty duties in the department of Communication, Media and Theatre, Dr. Marshall manages the campus radio station, WMCO, and the student newspaper, the Black and Magenta.

In recognizing Dr. Marshall, Dr. Callaghan said, “In her capable hands, WMCO has received recognition for the quality of its broadcasting from state, regional and national entities, and has received many awards, as have many of its students.”

Dr. Marshall joined the Muskingum University faculty in 2007. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Muskingum University, her master’s degree from Ohio University, and a doctoral degree from Bowling Green State University.

Richard ArnoldWilliam Rainey Harper Award for Outstanding Scholarship – Dr. Richard Arnold

The William Rainey Harper Award for Outstanding Scholarship was granted to Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Richard Arnold. This award is named for an alumnus who was a renowned scholar, educator and the founder and first president of the University of Chicago.

Of his scholarship, Dr. Callaghan noted that since joining Muskingum in 2009, Dr. Arnold has published seven articles in prestigious journals such as PS: Political Science and Politics, a journal described by the American Political Science Association as “the journal of record for the discipline of political science.” Additionally, he has published three book chapters, including two for Routledge’s prestigious “Europa Regional Surveys of the World” series.

Dr. Arnold is an active member of two major professional associations and has presented at more than seven conferences.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from University of York (United Kingdom), and master’s and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University.

Paul SzalayCora I. Orr Faculty Service Award – Dr. Paul S. Szalay

The Cora I. Orr Faculty Service Award was bestowed upon Professor of Chemistry Dr. Paul S. Szalay. 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. Szalay’s achievements at the university, Dr. Callaghan said that Professor Szalay recently served six years as chair of the Chemistry department, leading the department through curriculum mapping projects, and working with the Nursing and Muskingum Adult programs to develop course offerings. Last year, he headed the Liberal Arts Essentials Assessment Task Force.

He served on several important campus committees, including the professional development committee where he led the changes to the Academic Policies and Procedures manual, Dr. Szalay was instrumental in bringing the Choose Ohio First scholarship program to Muskingum University, designing a number of outreach programs.

Dr. Szalay joined the Muskingum faculty in 2001 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and his doctoral degree from Michigan State University.