The Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service honors faculty members whose contributions to the development and implementation of university policies and programs through non-administrative roles have been extensive and have made documentable impact on the quality of the university. The recipients also have continued to provide effective teaching and have maintained an active program of research, scholarship, or creative work. Recipients are nominated by members of the university community and selected by a committee of faculty, administrators, and previous recipients. They receive both a cash award of $3,000 and an increase of $1,200 to their base salaries from the Office of Academic Affairs.
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Mark C. Ellis
Mark C. Ellis has shown strong commitment and dedication to Ohio State, shining as an example for other faculty through his significant contributions to the Mansfield campus and the university as a whole since his arrival in 1986. Ever since his election to the University Senate as the Mansfield campus faculty representative, he has embodied the finest tradition of faculty participation in university governance and, since then, has chaired the Senate Steering Committee, the Executive Committee of Faculty Council, Council on Academic Affairs, and Athletic Council, all while commuting from Mansfield. At the same time, Ellis’ high level of involvement at the university level has not detracted his leadership and service within the Mansfield campus and community, as he continues to go beyond his assigned responsibilities. He has been recognized by peers and students alike for his active program of research in music appreciation and his highly effective teaching. Noted for his sound judgment, calm and positive demeanor, and charming low-key sense of humor, Ellis has proven himself a true representative of the entire university. He received his Ph.D. in music education from the University of Iowa.
Christian K. Zacher
Since his arrival at Ohio State, Christian K. Zacher has taken initiative to make things happen, dedicating himself to the university and producing tangible results. He has worked to improve not only his department, but also the College of Humanities and the university as a whole. Zacher has served as director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, chair of Comparative Studies, director of the Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities, and associate dean of the College of Humanities. In all of his service, colleagues admire his attention to the details of reality, his creative vision of possibility, and his quiet, effective style of leadership. At the same time, his extensive experience in leadership roles has not subtracted from his dedication to teaching and research. His contributions to the field of medieval literature are highly regarded by his peers, and his ambitious Encyclopedia of the Midwest project has garnered the support of more than half a million dollars from state and corporate sources, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition, Zacher has taught at every level of the English department curriculum and has served as the director or reader of more than 80 theses and dissertations. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside, and joined the Ohio State faculty in 1968.
2005 Faculty Awards for Distinguished University Service