'OHIO' Magazine Honors Faculty Members for Excellence in Education

Five Lauded for Teaching Prowess, Commitment to College's Mission

December 10, 2013

Larry Howard (center) observes an athletic training procedure. He is a graduate of WC's athletic training program and, as its director, has been a trailblazer in providing leadership to one of the nation's premiere sports medicine programs,

Larry Howard (center) observes an athletic training procedure. He is a graduate of WC's athletic training program and, as its director, has been a trailblazer in providing leadership to one of the nation's premiere sports medicine programs,

OHIO magazine recognized five Wilmington College faculty members four outstanding teaching in its annual Excellence in Education section in the December 2013 issue.

Corey Cockerill, assistant professor of communication arts; Charlotte Fairlie, assistant professor of English; Larry Howard, professor of athletic training; Terry Miller, associate professor of education; and Marta Wilkinson, associate professor of English; received accolades for their teaching excellence, along with faculty members from many of Ohio’s other colleges and universities.

Cockerill earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2006 in the areas of environmental sociology and communication, and, prior to her academic appointment at WC, served as the electronic communications manager at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

Erika Goodwin, vice president for academic affairs, praised her as a faculty member that is “clearly dedicated” to the College and its mission.

“Corey has completely immersed herself in her teaching, service and scholarship in her time here at Wilmington,” she said, noting that, this year, she is teaching in both the communication arts and agriculture areas.

(LEFT) Corey Cockerill

“In addition to new and innovative ideas she uses in the classroom, she provides a huge amount of service to the College and has an impressive level of scholarship.”

Cockerill is a co-founder of the Wilmington Institute for Sustainability and Engagement, a co-curricular certificate program at WC designed to appeal to values-driven student leaders that seek to engage positive social change. The institute is set to launch next fall.

Fairlie, a WC faculty member since 2000, is known for developing courses that appeal to non-English majors, such as her “Environment and Rural Life” course that attracts agriculture majors.

                                                                      (RIGHT) Charlotte Fairlie

She further builds the English/agriculture connection through participation in Grow Food, Grow Hope, WC’s Food Symposium and the Women in Agriculture program. Goodwin also cited Fairlie’s work as director of Global General Education.

“Charlotte has been totally dedicated to these endeavors,” she said. “She upholds a high standard.”

Howard, who is in his 26th year of teaching at WC, directs the College’s athletic training program, which has become one of the institution’s premiere majors and earned national prominence under his leadership.

It’s won five Ohio AT Quiz Bowl titles and seven Ohio Outstanding Undergraduate Research awards. Equally impressive is 100 percent of graduating seniors passed the AT Board of Certification exam on their first attempt during each of the last three years — the national average is nearly 60 percent.

(LEFT) Larry Howard

Howard received the Ohio Senate’s “Outstanding Achievement Award” in 2010 and was named the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association’s “Athletic Trainer of the Year” in 2009.

Goodwin credited Howard, who is a WC alumnus, as a “trailblazer” of the College’s AT program.
“Larry is completely devoted to this program and has such a passion for teaching students to become Certified Athletic Trainers,” she said, noting Howard also serves as area coordinator for the sport sciences area and is adviser for both the AT Quiz Bowl Team and Sports Medicine Leadership Council.

Miller, also a WC alumnus, has served on the education faculty since 1999. He is currently director of Graduate Studies and holds a doctor of education from National College of Education.

                                                                       (RIGHT) Terry Miller

His primary goal in teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses has been getting students to see the “big picture” as it’s involved with their subject matter — whether it’s related to larger policy issues in education reform or the meaning of culture as it affects communication patterns and international relations.

His courses have ranged from “Comparative Religion” and “Theories of Personality” to “Special Education Assessment” and “Teaching Foreign Languages.”

“Terry is a highly competent faculty member who is incredibly well versed in various administrative issues in higher education,” Goodwin said. “I regularly seek his counsel and will truly miss him when he retires in July 2014.”

Wilkinson, who joined the faculty in 2006 with a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, believes in keeping the individual learning needs of her students at the center of her courses.

(LEFT) Marta Wilkinson

She is known for engaging students at all levels and guiding them through the demands of introductory and upper-level courses. Wilkinson also is a faculty mentor for the Writing Across the Curriculum program and has established a regular series of faculty development workshops in which she shares current practices and techniques with her colleagues.

“Marta is truly an amazing professor for us in the English Department,” Goodwin said, adding that, in the last several years, she has “really transformed” what the College does with writing through such areas as workshops and an assessment structure.

“She has raised the expectations for both our students and our faculty in terms of learning and teaching writing skills.”