Wright State staff and faculty honored for excellence

Wright State University will recognize select staff and faculty members for their vital contributions that have helped maintain excellence throughout the university.

The President’s Awards for Excellence honor classified and unclassified staff for exemplary performance in the areas of human relations, leadership, service and innovation. The outstanding campus unit and a group of units that collaborate on a significant project or initiative will also be recognized.

The Faculty Awards for Excellence recognize select faculty members for their excellent work in the areas of teaching, research, community engagement, professional service and early career achievement.

President Cheryl B. Schrader and the campus community recognized award recipients during the University Convocation and Awards Ceremony on Sept. 13 in the Apollo Room of the Student Union. The event also included Schrader’s first State of the University address.

Below are the recipients of the 2017 President’s Awards of Excellence and Faculty Awards for Excellence. Follow the links to read each of their stories.

President’s Awards for Excellence:

Spirit of Innovation
Harolynn Williams



Excellence in Human Relations (classified)
Kelly Burcham



Excellence in Human Relations (unclassified)
Will Jones



Excellence in Service (classified)
Mia Honaker



Excellence in Service (unclassified)
Wray VanVoorhis



Excellence in Leadership (classified)
Lisa Burke



Excellence in Leadership (unclassified)
Tim Littell



Outstanding Unit
Wright State Police Department Crime Prevention Unit



Outstanding Collaborative Units
Social Media Managers Group



Faculty Awards for Excellence:

Trustees’ Award for Faculty Excellence
Mark Rich, Professor, Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Physiology
College of Science and Mathematics and Boonshoft School of Medicine


Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research
Valerie L. Stoker, Professor, Religion, Philosophy and Classics
College of Liberal Arts


Frederick A. White Distinguished Professor of Professional Service
Jennifer E. Subban, Associate Professor, Urban Affairs and Geography
College of Liberal Arts


Robert J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching
Pola Gupta, Professor, Marketing
Raj Soin College of Business


Community Engagement
Nikki Rogers, Assistant Professor, Population and Public Health Sciences
Boonshoft School of Medicine


Early Career Achievement
Derek Doran, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
College of Engineering and Computer Science


Early Career Achievement
Labib Rouhana, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
College of Science and Mathematics


Early Career Achievement
Noah L. Schroeder, Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies in Education
College of Education and Human Services


Outstanding NTE Faculty: Teaching
Joe Tritschler, Lecturer, Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering
College of Engineering and Computer Science


Outstanding NTE Faculty: Service
Eric N. Rowley, Lecturer, Physics
College of Science and Mathematics



Wright State became an independent institution in 1967 and spent the next 50 years growing into an innovative leader in affordable and accessible education. In 2017, it celebrates its 50th anniversary and sets the course for the next half century.

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