2006 SOCHE Excellence in Teaching Awards

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

Each year, SOCHE (Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education) selects outstanding faculty from their 22 member schools to receive the SOCHE Excellence in Teaching Awards. On April 21, four Cedarville University faculty members received this honor: Dr. Jan Conway, senior professor of nursing; Dr. Frank Jenista ’68, professor of international studies; Dr. Tom Mach ’88, associate professor of history; and Dr. John Silvius, senior professor of biology.

Skillfully integrating faith and life into her nursing classes, Jan has received high student ratings. She uses a variety of technology teaching techniques to capture their minds and hearts. Currently, she serves as a faculty mentor for three nursing instructors and is the recipient of a 2006 Cedarville University Faculty Teaching Effectiveness Award.

Using his 25 years of experience as a U.S. diplomat, Frank brings challenging and thought-provoking lectures and discussion to his students. He provides many opportunities for his students to engage in activities that bring current global issues to life. He currently serves as the faculty advisor for the University’s Model UN team.

Regularly receiving high student ratings and peer evaluations for his excellent classroom instruction, Tom is one of the most admired professors in his department. In addition, Tom is currently the chair of the Self-Study Steering Committee and serves on a variety of other University committees. He received a 2006 Cedarville University Faculty Teaching Effectiveness Award.

For 27 years, John has integrated field and laboratory studies, Web-based instruction, and creativity. This skill has earned him consistently high ratings from his students. He has served on a variety of University committees and has been named Cedarville Faculty Scholar (1996) and Faculty Member of the Year (1984).