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Excellence in Teaching

Nominations for Marylhurst University's Excellence in Academic Service and Teaching Award are submitted by students and colleagues. The Faculty Development Committee reviews nominations and makes recommendations to the Provost.

The award was initiated in 1999 to recognize faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding commitment, enthusiasm, creativity and innovation in the classroom during the academic year. Nominations are open year round.
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Here are the 2016 award recipients, each of whom richly deserves this recognition:

Fred Isaacs
School of Business

Fred Isaacs has the skill of an artist for turning the language of law, regulation, and ethics into a discussion for students, regardless of their initial understanding of such topics. One student said: "It was a pleasure to learn along with my cohort in Fred's courses; and his invitation for me to return to sit-in on courses to further my grasp of concepts speaks to his dedication to the ongoing enrichment and development of MU students and alumni."

Justin Smith
Department of Art, Music & Creative Arts Therapies

Justin Smith's students in the music and choral programs experience a wide array of amazing opportunities, such as singing at Carnegie Hall and competing with choirs from other countries in Cork, Ireland. One student wrote: "He gets excited about teaching about music history and that excitement is infectious. Because of him, I have a far greater respect, interest and love for the later works of Mozart and a general love for Baroque music. He doesn't teach from slides on a PowerPoint. He teaches through art, through having us dive deeply into the scores, and mostly by rote. Because when you love your craft as much as Dr. Smith loves his, you simply don't need slides."

Greg Crosby
Human Sciences & Creative Arts Therapies

Greg Crosby's students in counseling, neurobiology and psychology classes talk about his ability to provide a learning atmosphere that is kind, intelligent and interesting. One student said: "He encourages each student's unique strengths. He imparts the lessons with current techniques that he uses in practice that come with personal, practical anecdotes that are always interesting to hear and relevant to the topic. I walk away from every class with a new skill set to put into my future art therapist tool box. Greg Crosby shows that a person can be a therapist and maintain the careful balance of empathetic, connected and strong."

Past Recipients


David Denny, Communication, Media & Culture
Keri Behre, English
Earle Broadbent, Business


Torey Browne, Communication Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Business
Meg Roland, English Literature & Writing
Pete Wright, School of Business


Reiko Igarashi, Interior Design
Jim Davis, Human Sciences
Patrick Balducci, School of Business
Chuck Caruso, English Literature & Writing


Susan Carter, Interdisciplinary Studies (MA)
Greg Dardis, Science and Math
David Scott Arnold, Religious Studies


Christine Turner, Art Therapy Counseling
Louise Neilson, Communication Studies
Simeon Dreyfuss, Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)
Duane Gehlsen, Human Sciences


Eileen Mejia, Communications
Perrin Kerns, English Literature and Writing
Michael Hohn, Business
Lisa Jo Frech, Science and Math


Leon Abbott, Business & Management, Accelerated Online Program
Sheila O'Connell-Roussell, Religious Studies
Emily Ross, Music Therapy
Sarah Slayton, Art Therapy Counseling


Herb Long, Human Sciences
Jennifer Sasser, Chair, Human Sciences
Eileen Franzese Schiffer, MBA
Elizabeth Spurgeon, Interior Design


Elaine Bagley, Art Therapy
Jan Dabrowski, Science & Mathematics
John Haek, Music
Ger Killeen, Cultural & Historical Studies


Andy Job, Business & Leadership
Masoud Kheirabadi, Cultural & Historical Studies
Jay Ponteri, English Literature & Writing
Cheryl Schneidermann, Interior Design


Greg Crosby, Psychology
Libby Farr, Interior Design
Paul Gilbarg, Business & Leadership
Peter Whitmore, Music


Ann Hill, Math
Marian Pierce, English Literature & Writing
Margaret Shirley, Art


Faith Chalmers, Liberal Arts Core
Dennis Cunningham, Art
Annette Shore, Art Therapy


Sister Magdalen Fautch, SNJM, Music
Larry Hanson, Science & Mathematics


Lisa Davidson, Communication Studies
Sister Cecilia Ranger, SNJM, Religious Studies


Art Bridge, Religious Studies
Aliza Keddem, Human Sciences
Pierina Parise, Library Information Management
Susanne Stegmiller, Life Planning & Career Development


David Arnold, Interdisciplinary Studies (MA)
Herb Long, Human Studies
Patricia Meyers, Religious Studies
Rich Rollins, Art



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