Four Faculty Honored for Teaching Excellence by Educational Council

Charlotte Fairlie, Larry Howard, Terry Miller and Marta Wilkinson Recognized at Nov. 8 Banquet

November 11, 2013

Charlotte Fairlie relaxes on the campus mall with a good book between classes last spring.

Charlotte Fairlie relaxes on the campus mall with a good book between classes last spring.

The Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) recognized four Wilmington College faculty members Nov. 8 at its annual teaching awards banquet in Dayton.

Charlotte Fairlie, assistant professor of English; Larry Howard, professor of athletic training; Terry Miller, associate professor of education; and Marta Wilkinson, associate professor of English received accolades for their teaching excellence, along with faculty members from SOCHE’s 20 other member institutions.

Fairlie, a WC faculty member since 2000, is known for developing courses that appeal to non-English majors, such as her “Environment and Rural Life” course that attracts agriculture majors.

She further builds the English/agriculture connection through participation in Grow Food, Grow Hope, WC’s Food Symposium and the Women in Agriculture program.

Erika Goodwin, vice president for academic affairs, also cited Fairlie’s work as director of Global General Education.

“Charlotte has been totally dedicated to these endeavors,” she said. “She upholds a high standard.”

(LEFT) Larry Howard

Howard, who is in his 26th year of teaching at WC, directs the College’s athletic training program, which has become one of the institution’s largest majors and earned national prominence under his leadership.

It’s won five Ohio AT Quiz Bowl titles and seven Outstanding Undergraduate Research awards. Equally impressive is 100 percent of graduating seniors passed the AT Board of Certification exam on their first attempt during each of the last three years — the national average is nearly 60 percent.

Howard received the Ohio Senate’s “Outstanding Achievement Award” in 2010 and was named the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association’s “Athletic Trainer of the Year” in 2009.

Goodwin credited Howard, who is a WC alumnus, as a “trailblazer” of the College’s AT program.

“Larry is completely devoted to this program and has such a passion for teaching students to become Certified Athletic Trainers,” she said, noting Howard also serves as area coordinator for the sport sciences area and is adviser for both the AT Quiz Bowl Team and Sports Medicine Leadership Council.

                                                                          (RIGHT) Terry Miller

Miller, also a WC alumnus, has served on the education faculty since 1999. He is currently director of Graduate Studies and holds a doctor of education from National College of Education.

His primary goal in teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses has been getting students to see the “big picture” as it’s involved with their subject matter — whether it’s related to larger policy issues in education reform or the meaning of culture as it affects communication patterns and international relations.

His courses have ranged from “Comparative Religion” and “Theories of Personality” to “Special Education Assessment” and “Teaching Foreign Languages.”

“Terry is a highly competent faculty member who is incredibly well versed in various administrative issues in higher education,” Goodwin said. “I regularly seek his counsel and will truly miss him when he retires in July 2014.”

(LEFT) Marta Wilkinson

Wilkinson, who joined the faculty in 2006 with a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, believes in keeping the individual learning needs of her students at the center of her courses.

She is known for engaging students at all levels and guiding them through the demands of introductory and upper-level courses. Wilkinson also is a faculty mentor for the Writing Across the Curriculum program and has established a regular series of faculty development workshops in which she shares current practices and techniques with her colleagues.

“Marta is truly an amazing professor for us in the English Department,” Goodwin said, adding that, in the last several years, she has “really transformed” what the College does with writing through such areas as workshops and an assessment structure.

“She has raised the expectations for both our students and our faculty in terms of learning and teaching writing skills.”