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Dean of Faculty: Suzan Harrison
Assistant to the Dean: Laura Vandervoort

Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Staff and Faculty Awards


John M. Bevan Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership

The John M. Bevan Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award is named in honor of the College's founding academic dean.  The purpose of the award is to honor individual faculty members for nurturing a campus climate that fosters teaching at its best. 

Laura R. Wetzel, 2013
Marjorie D. Sanfilippo, 2012
Thomas DiSalvo, 2011
Beth A. Forys, 2010
David D. Grove, 2009
Reggie L. Hudson, 2008
Diana L. Fuguitt, 2007 
Sterling Watson, 2006
William F. Felice, 2005 

Lloyd W. Chapin Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Art

The Lloyd W. Chapin Award for Excellence in Scholarship is named in honor of the College's long-serving, now-retired academic dean.  This award is endowed by a generous gift from a couple with close ties to the college and who wish to remain anonymous.  Its purpose is to honor individual faculty members whose scholarship or creative art have made a significant contribution to the field in which they work.

While there are many types of scholarship and art, this award honors scholarship and art as understood by traditional academic standards, and honors those who make a significant contribution to the academic area in which they are working. Significant indicators of this type of scholarship and art are publication of books, refereed publications in academic journals and proceedings, participation in juried art shows and the presentation of original musical and theatrical works. Scholarship includes both discipline-based and interdisciplinary work. It includes theoretical and applied work, as well as research in effective pedagogical approaches. Excellence in professional scholarship and art will be evidenced by the faculty member’s overall record and contributions.

Jianqiang Zhao, 2014
Carolyn Johnston, 2013
Kirk Ke Wang, 2012
William Felice, 2011
Brian Ransom, 2010
Peter A. Meylan, 2009
Mark H. Davis, 2008
Victoria J. Baker, 2007 
Sterling Watson, 2006 
Reggie L. Hudson, 2005 
Michael Flaherty, 2004
Gregg Brooks, 2003
Jewel Spears Brooker, 2002
John Reynolds III, 2001

John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award

The John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award is named in honor of a beloved member of the founding faculty.  This award honors the  special and vital role of the mentor in a student's  life at Eckerd.  The selection of the recipient is based on the impact the mentor has had in the areas of academic programming, career planning, and personal growth.

Morris Shapero, 2014
Catherine Griggs, 2013
Tony Brunello, 2012
Edward T. Grasso, 2011
Julienne H. Empric, 2010
Tom Oberhofer, 2009
Margaret R. Rigg, 2008 
Mark H. Davis, 2007

Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award

The Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award emphasizes the primary importance of teaching in the College, recognizes teaching excellence in an individual faculty member, and encourages the pursuit of teaching excellence by the faculty as a whole. 

Selection of the recipient by the faculty is based upon the instructor's knowledge of the subject matter and ability to communicate and inspire student enthusiasm about the subject, develop student skills relevant to the subject, stimulate independent thinking and creative approaches, evaluate student progress and achievement, and respond to both individual and group needs and levels of preparation.

The award is made possible by the generosity of a distinguished former member of the College's Board of Trustees, Robert A. Staub, whose concern for excellence in teaching reflects his understanding of and commitment to the central role of faculty members in a liberal arts education.

Eileen Mikals Adachi, 2014
April Schwarzmueller, 2013
David Hastings
, 2012
Denise Flaherty, 2011
Barney Hartston, 2010
Harry Ellis, 2009
Alison Ormsby, 2008
Laura Reiser Wetzel, 2007
Edward T. Grasso, 2006
Marjorie S. Hardy, 2005

Grover Wrenn Award for Leadership and Service to General Education

This award acknowledges the lasting influence of the Core Program, today called the General Education Program, and honors founding alumnus and longtime Trustee Grover Wrenn.  This award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates appreciation of the enduring intellectual and artistic works of civilization and the value of their study to the development of the whole person; promotes a strong interdisciplinary general education curriculum in the liberal arts tradition and focused on value questions; and espouses the principle of Founding Dean Jack Bevan who said that the College’s curriculum was designed and executed so as to provide for the “engenderment of a wholesome and critical enthusiasm for inquiry and reflection that will extend beyond the period of formal education."


Arthur Skinner, 2014
Harry Ellis, 2013

Staff Member of the Year

The Staff Member of the Year Award is presented each year to a member of the Eckerd College staff who has demonstrated initiative, creativity or extra effort beyond his or her normal duties for a sustained period of time and has had a significant positive impact on the life of the College. The recipient of the reward receives a plaque and a check.

Virginia Waring, 2011
Jolene Oweda, 2010
Casey Paquet, 2009
Catherine McCoy, 2008
Scott Rivinius, 2007 
Chris McLean, 2006 
Roberta McKendry, 2005  

What We Do

Through careful stewardship of human, financial and physical resources, the Office of the Dean of Faculty ensures the integrity and quality of the academic program at Eckerd College.