January 04, 2012
Previous recipients include:
Associate Professor of Theatre David Charles, Associate Professor of International Business Marc Fetscherin and Assistant Professor of English Emily Russell are this year’s recipient of the Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award.
In 2004, the Board of Trustees of Rollins College established the Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award in honor of Rollins’ beloved alumnus and longtime trustee George Cornell, whose generous bequest made the award possible. Each year the award recognizes exceptional professional accomplishments in at least two of the three primary areas of professional responsibility including teaching, research or service. Cornell Distinguished Faculty hold their title for three years.
Associate Professor of Theatre David Charles came to Rollins eight years ago. “He provides the perfect model of what we want our faculty in all disciplines to do,” wrote a nominator. “He has actively pursued his scholarship, he has found an important niche within the Rollins community, and at the heart of these two endeavors has been educating our students, something he does with commitment and passion.”
“I strive to be the kind of teacher that does not expect my students to follow in my footsteps, but instead provides a series of jumping off points from which they may begin their own unique artistic expeditions,” he said of his own teaching. Students write in his evaluations that he has impacted their life beyond the classroom making them more aware of social justice issues, more confident and more committed to using their art to transform their community. In 2009, Rollins recognized his achievements in the classroom with the Arthur Vining Davis Award.
His creative scholarship takes place in the realm of the increasing important field of improvisation where he is a prodigious artistic creator. He has performed in over two thousand professional improv performances with companies such as Disney, SAK, Impromptu Theater Company and the Pensacola Opera, and has presented numerous papers at national conferences on the intersection between performance and pedagogy.
His service to the College includes two terms on the professional standards committee, service on the original merit pay task force and service on the recruitment and retention of under-represented faculty and staff task force.
Since joining the Rollins faculty in 2005, Associate Professor of International Business Marc Fetscherin has proven to be a rigorous professor. He has earned a reputation as a knowledgeable and respected teacher who requires students to engage with the course material and expects them to perform at a high level on all assignments. “He embodies the values that we seek in a Rollins faculty member—respect for learning, fair-mindedness, capacious collegiality and above all, commitment to hard work in his teaching, research and service to the college,” wrote a nominator.
Fetscherin has earned six teaching awards including the prestigious Hugh F. McKean Teaching Award.
He has amassed more than 80 publications including three books, 10 book chapters, 33 journal articles and presented 41 papers at national and international conferences. Fetscherin also facilitated student-faculty collaborative research projects, resulting in 12 student papers that have been presented at national or international conferences. His first book China Rules: Globalization and Political Transformation was published in 2009 with Palgrave Macmillan and has received stunning reviews. His two most recent books which will be published in 2012 are Chinese International Investments published by Palgrave Macmillan and Consumer Brand Relationships: Theory and Practice published by Taylor and Francis.
Fetscherin's service to the College includes working with the Rollins China Center, serving on both the finance and service committee and the professional standards committee. Last year, he also served on the provost’s student success and retention task force.
Though Assistant Professor of English Emily Russell has only been teaching at Rollins for four years, she has already earned the highest respect of her students and colleagues. “In a short period of time she has already proven to the department and the campus as a whole how important a voice, teacher and scholar she truly is,” wrote the chair of her department.
Her teaching is described as “masterful” and “cutting edge.” Her students rave about her classes and truly appreciate that she holds them to very high standards. Comments such as “I felt this class really pushed me beyond my limits” and “I was constantly challenged to perform at the top of my abilities” are common in her evaluations. Many students write comments that praise her for challenging and transforming them.
Russell’s book Reading Embodied Citizenship: Disability, Narrative and the Body Politic was published this year by Rutgers University Press and has received stunning reviews. One reviewer writes, “This book is beautifully written. The scholarship is more than sound. It is impressive.”
In addition to her superb teaching and respected scholarship, Russell has accumulated an impressive record of service in a very short time. She has served three years on the professional standards committee, served on the provost search committee, and serves as faculty advisor to The Sandspur.
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