Hiram College

The Martin Award is given each year to faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to Hiram College’s academic programs by introducing diversity in educational life and faculty teaching models. This annual award is made possible by an endowment gift established by Paul Martin in 1990. Prior winners of the Martin Award are not eligible.

Eight faculty members were honored with 2009-10 Martin Awards. Each award includes a stipend that can be taken as cash or applied to an expense account for future professional development.

Audrey Cunningham, an instructor in the communications department, was selected for outstanding teaching and advising efforts coupled with her great success in finding students internships. She has recently been published nationally in addition to her many presentations throughout the United States.

Hiram College is a vibrant place for student writers in part because of the efforts of John S. Kenyon Professor of English Joyce Dyer and her seemingly endless devotion to mentoring her students. Renowned authors such as Ian Frazier, Robert Sullivan, and Rebecca McClanahan have visited Hiram College in response to Dyer’s commitment to provide an exceptional literary education to our budding writers. Dyer’s recent publications include “Goosetown” and “My Mother’s Singer.”

Working with students to provide individually tailored independent studies takes extra time and effort, but Assistant Professor of English Paul Gaffney does this with regularity. Teaching in the Weekend College and Master of Arts in interdisciplinary studies programs in addition to leading a study abroad trip to England, teaching in the Great Books series, and teaching an interdisciplinary course are but a few of the accomplishments that earned Gaffney the Martin Award.

Being a former member of our Terrier football team, Assistant Professor of Education Brad Maguth mentors many of our current football team players strictly from his devotion and intimate relationship to our team. Maguth eagerly teaches huge classes, supervises many student teachers, and immerses himself in College life.

Winning the National Science Foundation’s instrumentation grant is only one of the many accomplishments of Assistant Professor of Biology Jody Modarelli. Modarelli has presented research at professional conferences with students and her efforts with freshmen and biochemistry majors have earned her recognition as a model instructor.

Chair and Assistant Professor of Psychology Michelle Nario-Redmond has produced award-winning research as well as a prestigious position participating in the summer seminar at Transylvania University. She also serves a board member for Hattie Larlham. She has provided advising for not only traditional freshmen, but with adults in the Weekend College and Master of Arts in interdisciplinary studies programs.

Louis Oliphant, an assistant professor of computer science, has made significant strides in problem based learning as a model for faculty in our physical and social sciences. His autograding innovations in his computer science courses have attracted much attention and his effort to include computer science pedagogy in his future research is anxiously anticipated by many in his field. Oliphant has a deep concern for students and the community has he serves student clubs and the Boy Scouts of America.

Assistant Professor of Communications Cynthia Willis-Chun was selected for the 2009-10 Martin Award in part because of her devotion in teaching and student mentoring. She also has an uncanny ability to integrate new technologies into her courses and completely revised a primary course required in the general education curriculum.