From the series Faculty Awards for Excellence 2016

Frederick A. White Distinguished Professor of Professional Service

Carol Loranger

To say that Carol Loranger does it all is an exaggeration — but not by much.

The associate professor of English chairs the Department of English Languages and Literatures. She is also president of the Faculty Senate and helped in transitioning the campus from quarters to semesters.

But equally important is what Loranger does outside the university.

“It’s her fantastic service in the community,” said Kristin Sobolik, College of Liberal Arts dean. “For example, she has been integrally involved in the success of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.”

Carol Loranger

Carol Loranger

Loranger has been heavily involved in the peace prize, helping plan award events and sponsoring authors who visit campus. Loranger serves on the peace prize steering committee and the Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award selection committee. She also created a website brimming with information on the prizewinners.

In addition, Loranger helped shape the Dayton Regional STEM School’s humanities and fine arts curriculum and served on the Dayton Opera board. She has linked the campus to arts organizations and developed relations with international partners to smooth the transition of visiting Chinese faculty and students.

“Carol is tireless in her commitment to service in the broadest possible sense,” said Sobolik.

In her department, Loranger co-chairs a re-accreditation committee and edited the curriculum to meet Common Core Standards.

She is heavily involved in Wright State’s American Association of University Professors chapter, co-chaired the Undergraduate Academic Policies Committee and served on the Ad Hoc Policies Review Committee. She currently chairs the Faculty Budget Priority Committee and is a member of the Campus Completion Committee.

Faculty members sing her praises, saying that she advocates for faculty governance at all levels and supports scholarship and teaching missions.

“I quickly came to recognize Carol as an effective faculty leader,” said Dan Krane, former Faculty Senate president. “She gets things done and always has the best interests of students at heart.”

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