Cedarville University Honors Faculty Members

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

Cedarville, Ohio-Cedarville University honored 12 of its faculty members recently for excellence in service.

The Dr. Allen Monroe Integration of Faith and Learning Award was presented to Dr. John Silvius, senior professor of biology. This award recognizes sustained excellence in integrating Scripture and Christian world/lifeview with a discipline or practical application. Silvius resides in Cedarville.

The Faculty Advisor Award was given to Dr. Merlin Ager, professor of education. This award recognizes a faculty member with at least six years of service who has had a significant influence on students as an advisor or counselor. Ager lives in Cedarville.

Three Deans’ Service Awards were presented for the categories of 1-10, 11-20, and 21+ years of service to Cedarville University. The recipients are Rebecca Baker, assistant professor of communication arts and a Springfield resident, for 1-10 years; Miamisburg resident Dr. Timothy Heaton, associate professor of education, for 11-20 years; and Dr. Dennis Flentge, professor of chemistry and Cedarville resident, for more than 21 years.

The Faculty Innovator of the Year Award was given to a team of three faculty members: Dr. Jeff Fawcett (Cedarville), Jeff Guernsey (Jamestown), and John LeBlanc (Springfield). The award is given for an instructional or curricular innovation that has resulted in a noteworthy improvement in student learning.

Fawcett, Guernsey, and LeBlanc were chosen for this award for their work in the Integrated Business Core (IBC) program. The IBC combines instruction in management, marketing, and finance with a fourth course, “Entrepreneurship and Service Practicum.” Groups of students create, organize, staff, and run their own companies for one semester. Each company aligns with a local nonprofit organization, and each student donates at least 10 hours of service and the company profits to the nonprofit. Students have responded with great enthusiasm, and report a better understanding of business as a whole.

Three Faculty Teaching Effectiveness Awards were given to faculty members with 1-10, 11-20, and 21+ years of service. Recipients were chosen based on student evaluations, department chair and peer recommendations, performance of students in subsequent classes or after graduation, use of instructional technology, and use of effective pedagogical techniques. The recipients are: Dr. Thomas Mach of Xenia, associate professor of history, for 1-10 years of service; Dr. Clinton Kohl of Cedarville, associate professor of electrical engineering, for 11-20 years of service; and Dr. Janet Conway, senior professor of nursing, for more than 21 years of service.

Cedarville University named Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño its 2006 Faculty Scholar. The award is presented annually to a University faculty member based on model classroom teaching, campus leadership, and the use of pioneering teaching methodology, creative course development, and instructional support.

A 1994 graduate of Cedarville University, Moreno-Riaño received his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Cincinnati. He returned to Cedarville in 1999 to teach full-time in the department of social sciences and history. Voted the 2001 Cedarville University Young Alumnus of the Year, he was an Academic Fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C., in 2005 and has served as a Fellow for the Center for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at the University of Cincinnati from 1999 to the present. Moreno-Riaño resides in Springfield.