Awards for Faculty

The Aldom-Plansoen Distinguished Professorship was established through the generosity of Jarrod Aldom ’97 and his family. The professorship is competitively awarded to newly tenured faculty and provides research funds for faculty scholarship to sustain and enrich scholarly contributions.

The Hilda C. Landers Endowed Chair in the Liberal Arts was established through the generous support of the Arthur E. Landers, Jr. and Hilda C. Landers ,23 Charitable Trust, the focus of which is the development of broad perspectives on knowledge and the fostering of links among academic fields of study. In perpetuity, the holder of this chair is a distinguished teaching scholar with broad expertise in the arts and letters. This chair honors a faculty member whose accomplishments in the liberal arts have set him or her apart from academic peers, an eminent and gifted teacher who provides leadership for both the students and faculty of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Moreover, as mandated by the Landers Chair agreement, this scholar strives to furnish vital support and enrichment to the College’s fundamental courses in the arts and letters as well as in a particular area of specialization.

The Steven Muller Distinguished Professorship in the Arts honors faculty whose accomplishments in the arts distinguish them among their creative peers. The faculty member who holds this chair is a participant in the broader world of art and culture that informs the opportunities for students at St. Mary’s College, creating the foundation for their exploration and expression in the creative arts. He or she is a dedicated and talented teacher who calls on practical knowledge and experience in ways that have proven effective among students.

The Steven Muller Distinguished Professorship in the Sciences honors faculty whose accomplishments in the sciences have established their command of a field of research relevant to our understanding of the world we inhabit. The faculty member who holds this chair contributes to vital dialogue among scientists, enhanced by the research contributions of St. Mary’s College students. Through laboratory and field exploration, the scientific principles of inquiry and analysis are applied to develop the systematic and technical skills of our students whose lives are enriched by the excitement of discovery.

The George B. and Willma Reeves Endowed Chair in the Liberal Arts, the College’s first endowed chair, is awarded to a professor who holds outstanding academic qualifications and a demonstrated capacity to share knowledge through teaching across the curriculum. The chair is endowed by the generous support of the late George Bradford Reeves, a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, and his wife, Willma Reeves, along with a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Ike Weiner Professorship of Judaic Studies was established through the generous support of June Weiner Auerbach in honor of her father. The Ike Weiner professor is to be a distinguished researcher with broad expertise in Judaic studies, an eminent scholar and gifted teacher who provides academic leadership, and is an individual capable of providing intellectual and cultural leadership in the region.

The G. Thomas and Martha Myers Yeager Endowed Chair in the Liberal Arts was established through the generosity of G. Thomas Yeager and Martha Myers Yeager ,41. The distinguished occupant of this position possesses a broad expertise in the social or behavioral sciences and is an eminent scholar and gifted teacher. This scholar holds outstanding academic qualifications and has a demonstrated capacity to share knowledge through teaching in the unique honors college curriculum at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He or she serves as a resource for the entire College and works to foster links between academic disciplines and to provide broad perspectives on knowledge. As a leader and renowned scholar, this individual serves as a center around which our remarkable academic community coheres.

DODGE AWARDS FOR FACULTY: SEVEN AWARDS PROVIDED BY GIFTS FROM PROFESSOR EMERITUS NORTON T. DODGE AND PROFESSOR DONALD R. STABILE:

The Homer L. Dodge Award for Outstanding Service; and

The Homer L Dodge Award for Excellence in Teaching; and

The Homer L. Dodge Awards (2) for Excellence in Teaching by Junior Faculty are named in memory of the donor's father to recognize service to the College and outstanding teaching.

The Norton T. Dodge Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement; and

The Norton T. Dodge Awards (2) for Scholarly and Creative Achievement by Junior Faculty are named in honor of Norton T. Dodge to recognize professional activity of the faculty.

The seven awards are given over a three-year cycle. Recipients are selected by a special committee headed by the provost of the College.

Two additional faculty awards and one staff award are made possible through campus organizations:

Faculty-Student Life Award, by the Leadership Development Committee, to a faculty member for significant contribution to student life;

Student Government Association Award for Faculty Service;

Student Government Association Award for Administrator or Staff Service.