Excellence in Academic Service & Teaching Award

Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon

Excellence in Academic Service & Teaching Award

Marylhurst University’s Faculty Excellence in Academic Service and Teaching Award was initiated in 1999 to recognize faculty who have demonstrated outstanding commitment, enthusiasm, creativity and innovation in the classroom during the academic year.

This year’s nominees were commended for providing a class setting that allows students to share openly; “people-oriented coaching” that makes students feel comfortable and confident; engaging students with the professional community to expand their experience beyond the classroom; and, overall, being compassionate mentors and teachers.

Jay Ponteri
Jay PonteriLiterature & Art
Jay Ponteri has been at Marylhurst since 1999. He teaches courses in creative nonfiction, short prose forms, and literature in translation, among others. His memoir, Wedlocked, was published by Hawthorne Books in 2013, and it received the 2014 Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. His essay “On Navel Gazing” garnered a Notable Essay mention, in Best American Essays 2015.
Mike Randolph
Mike RandolphInterdisciplinary & Applied Liberal Arts
Mike Randolph teaches courses on communication, rhetoric and media studies. He studied English and Communication at California’s University of the Pacific, and Rhetoric and Communication at the University of California, Davis. The reason he came to Marylhurst—and stays at Marylhurst—is because he gets to work with our incredibly motivated and dynamic students.
Annie Tabachnick
Annie TabachnickCounseling & Creative Therapies
Annie Tabachnick received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Reed College and followed with a master’s degree in art therapy from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She returned to Portland to pursue a career in art therapy, working with children, teens and families who have experienced physical and sexual trauma.

Past Recipients

Fred Isaacs, School of Business
Justin Smith, Department of Art, Music & Creative Arts Therapies
Greg Crosby, Human Sciences & Creative Arts Therapies

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