Recognition and Appreciation

The TLC works in collaboration with the Provost's office to celebrate exceptional faculty through the following awards and achievements.


Myra Hale Walters Faculty Excellence Awards

Myra Hale Walters

Upon nearly 37 years as a professor, faculty leader, and advocate of professional development and engagement, Myra Hale Walters' name was bestowed upon three unique awards. Professor Walters' commitment to teaching excellence, her tireless service to the college and community, and her lifelong scholarship and willingness to help develop the knowledge and skills of her colleagues is the inspiration for these awards and demonstrate the highest level of achievement in all categories.

The purpose of the FSW Myra Hale Walters Faculty Excellence Awards is to recognize the contributions of outstanding full-time faculty members in the areas of teaching and instruction, college and community service, and professional development and scholarship. Faculty excellence award recipients will be honored during a special occasion to recognize faculty and will receive a plaque, a certificate denoting excellence, and an honorarium of $1000 from the FSW Endowment.

Recipient names will be forwarded to the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) for national recognition, and will be eligible to attend NISOD's International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence or another academic conference of their choice.

The three awards are as follows:

Faculty nominations are accepted year-round for all three awards. The final cut-off date for faculty nominations in a calendar year is Friday, November 12, 2021 by 11:59pm. Nominations received after that date will be eligible for the next award cycle.

Past Faculty Myra Hale Walters Faculty Excellence/NISOD Award Recipients

  • Sarah Lublink (2020)
  • Ihasha Horn (2020)
  • Brandon Jett (2020)
  • Stuart Brown (2019)
  • Mary Schultz (2019)
  • Elizabeth Whitmer (2019)
  • Wendy Chase (2018)
  • Henry Herman (2018)
  • Melanie Ulrich (2018)
  • Katie Paschall (2017)
  • Donald Ransford (2017)
  • Sandra Seifert (2017)
  • Judith Sweeney (2016)
  • Russell Swanson (2015)
  • Leroy Bugger (2014)
  • Rebecca Gubitti (2014)
  • Dana Roes (2013)
  • Caroline Seefchak (2012)
  • William Shuluk (2012)
  • Jay Koepke (2011)
  • Christy Smith (2011)
  • Amanda Pollitt (2010)
  • Joyce Rollins (2010)
  • Marty Ambrose (2009)
  • Russell Swanson (2009)
  • Wendy Chase (2008)
  • John Pelot (2008)
  • Eleanor Bunting (2007)
  • Mark Herman (2007)
  • Joan Van Glabek (2006)
  • William Wilcox (2006)

Master Teacher Recognition Award

The Master Teacher Recognition Program was created to recognize outstanding full-time faculty who have a track record of exceptional teaching in higher education and are interested in passing along their knowledge and love of teaching and learning, but have limited discretionary time to do so. The Master Teacher Recognition Awards program allows full-time faculty one three- or four-hour course reassignment for two semesters to research and design workshops for the Teaching and Learning Center. Past topics have included group learning to facilitate learning, syllabus language and tone, teacher immediacy behaviors and student engagement, and effective teaching styles.

  • Dr. Sarah Lublink, Philosophy (2019)
  • Dr. Scott Ortolano, English (2019)
  • Laurice Garrett, Mathematics (2018)
  • Jim Langlas, English (2018)
  • Terri Housley, Psychology (2018)
  • Dr. Katie Paschall, Speech Communication (2017)
  • Dr. Mary Myers, First Year Experience (2017)
  • Dr. Rebecca Gubitti, Mathematics (2017)
  • Marty Ambrose, English (2017)

Best Workshop Award

The faculty professional development committee created this award to recognize the outstanding work of our volunteer presenters and facilitators in the TLC.

  • Campus Safety: Active Shooter Training - Rick Parfitt (Spring 2016)
  • Personality Type: Discovering Your Preferences - Dr. Melissa Rizzuto (Fall 2015)
  • Constructivist Pedagogy and the Student-Centered Classroom - Dr. Eileen DeLuca (Fall 2014)
  • SafeZone Ally Training - Bonnie Lawler, Dr. Sarah Lublink, Dr. Caroline Seefchak, and Dr. Catherine Wilkins (Fall 2014)
  • Mental Health Workshop Series - Stacey Brown (Spring 2014)
  • The Democratization of Knowledge and the Use of Wikis in the Classroom - Dr. Sarah Lublink and Dr. Catherine Wilkins (Fall 2013)
  • Ethics: Facilitating Ethical Conduct in the Classroom - Dr. Phil Wiseley (Spring 2013)
  • Diversity on the College Campus and Beyond - Dr. Rebecca Gubitti (Fall 2012)

Adjunct Faculty Recognition

The purpose of the Adjunct Faculty Recognition is to acknowledge the contributions adjunct faculty make to the college. Faculty are honored at the annual Adjunct Faculty Institute held in August.

Past honorees:

  • Carol Kennedy (2019)
  • Sara Gottwalles (2018)
  • Ernesto Lasso de la Vega (2018)
  • David Robbins (2018)
  • Doreen Baumeister (2017)
  • Sandi Towers-Romero (2017)
  • Vernita Batchelder (2016)
  • George Harvey (2016)
  • David Licht (2016)
  • Martin Roland (2016)
  • Blake Schmidt (2016)

Quality Matters Certified Faculty Courses

Online courses that earn Quality Matters (QM) Certification have successfully met a rigorous set of standards for online course design after review by a team of QM certified peer-reviewers that includes a discipline expert and experienced online instructors. QM Standards and the faculty-centered review process are internationally recognized for being supported by research and based on best practices. Courses that meet QM standards are also recognized by the state’s Florida Quality Initiative as “High Quality” online courses.

A QM Course Certification demonstrates the faculty’s commitment to FSW’s mission by realizing the strategic initiative to “engage in best practices to expand and innovate online and distance education to make learning accessible and responsive to global trends.”


Online faculty members interested in pursuing QM Certification can contact elearning@fsw.edu.