Carolyn Maresh Award

Teri Duever, SPS

Teri Duever has been an academic advisor at OSU since 2010 and Head Advisor for the School of Psychological Science since 2013. Teri’s commitment to the university and students is reflected in her willingness to assist a former student who some three years after graduation reached out to her for advice on pursuing graduate school. After years of no contact, Teri promptly responded with resources for finding and comparing schools and programs. Teri was the first person, after his mom, the former student told us, that he’d been accepted to graduate school.

Robert J. Frank Award

Loren Davis, Associate Professor of Anthropology, SLCS

Loren’s a leading national scholar in the field of prehistory and geoarchaeology. He is the Executive Director of the university’s Keystone Archaeological Research Fund and Director of the Pacific Slope Archaeological Laboratory. Dr. Davis’ current research focus is on initial peopling of the west coast of North America. He has conducted archaeological investigations in the Pacific Northwest and in northwest Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. He has mentored numerous graduate students and incorporated undergraduate students into his research program.

Thomas R. Meehan Award

Scott Akins, Associate Professor of Sociology, SPP

This year’s winner is Scott Akins Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Public Policy. Scott has been a member of the Sociology faculty at OSU since 2004 and in that time he has proven to be an incredible mentor to students at all levels, an energetic and engaging classroom teacher, and an outstanding advisor to graduate students. A student wrote the following in support of Scott’s nomination, “Scott Akins is an exceptional teacher. You can truly see through his teaching that it is more than just a job, it is a passion.”

Bill Wilkins Award

Alison Johnston, Assistant Professor of Political Science, SPP

This award goes to Alison Johnston, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy Political Science program. Since joining the faculty in 2011, Alison has demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching and research. Alison has been pivotal in the development of our graduate programs including the Master of Public Policy and Ph.D. in Public Policy.  She has been highly successful in publishing peer-reviewed journal articles in top-ranked journals, and invites graduate students to coauthor and present papers at conferences and successfully submits the papers to peer-reviewed journals for publication.

Hovland Award

Peter Betjemann, Professor, SWLF

Peter is a Professor in School of Writing, Literature and Film. He received multiple nominations with a common theme of recognizing his service to the college and university through election to faculty governance positions, important contributions to the university’s library and media programs, committed work in promotion of equity, inclusion, and sustainability, and organizational leadership in the college’s Research and Creativity Fair.