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Recipients Selected for 2007 Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence
The 2007 recipients of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence were announced Friday, Oct. 5, during the University Faculty Conference. The award, named in honor of Pepperdine's fifth president who served the University as teacher and administrator for almost 30 years, is given to ten full-time faculty members each year in recognition of their distinguished record of teaching excellence. President Andrew Benton and Provost Darryl Tippens presented the awards during the conference luncheon.
The awards are divided into two categories. Category one consists of full-time faculty members who have served at Pepperdine for more than six years or who are tenured. Their award includes a $3,000 stipend. Category two consists of full-time faculty who have served Pepperdine less than six years and who are not tenured. Their award includes a $2,000 stipend. Honorees are eligible to receive the award once every five years.
The 2007 honorees in category one are Drew Erhardt, professor of psychology, Graduate School of Education and Psychology; Steven Ferraro, associate professor of finance, Graziadio School of Business and Management; Jane Ganske, professor of chemistry, Seaver College; Reyna Garcia Ramos, associate professor of education, Graduate School of Education and Psychology; Donald Marshall, Fletcher Jones Chair of Great Books, Seaver College; Gregory Ogden, professor of law, School of Law; and Steven Rouse, associate professor of psychology, Seaver College.
The 2007 honorees in category two are Christopher Heard, associate professor of religion, Seaver College; Karen Schnietz, associate professor of strategy, Graziadio School of Business of Management; and Michael Williams, assistant professor of information systems, Graziadio School of Business and Management.
The selection process was coordinated by the Committee for Teaching Excellence. The members of the committee identified twenty finalists for the award based upon their review of the hundreds of nominations submitted by alumni, students, faculty, and staff and selected the 2007 recipients after consideration of additional information submitted by and about each of the finalists. The 2007 Committee for Teaching Excellence was chaired by Tim Perrin, vice dean of the School of Law, and included the following former recipients of the award: Jay Brewster, Paul Contino, and Levon Goukasian of Seaver College; Larry Bumgardner and Jack Green of the Graziadio School of Business and Management; Ed Shafranske and Susan Hall of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology; and Robert Popovich of the School of Law.