2012-2013 Recipient Scott Henderson

When A. Scott Henderson, professor of education, received the Alester G. Furman, Jr., and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching Award at the 2013 Commencement, he became only the third Furman professor to have won both the meritorious advising and teaching honor. Scott Henderson(He received the advising award in 2003.) Henderson is known for his boundless energy and sympathetic ear, and his classroom reputation is so strong that students often arrive on campus already knowing they want to enroll in one of his courses.

As one student wrote in a nominating letter, “Awards and recognitions cannot serve as adequate measures of Dr. Henderson as a teacher, a man, a friend or a colleague. His legacy will be his students, their pursuit of knowledge, their professionalism, their commitment to the excellence that he continues to instill in them. Academically, personally and socially, my Furman experience has been significantly shaped because of this professor, his love of subject, his concern for students and his enthusiasm for teaching.”


2012-2013 Recipient John Shelley

John Shelley, professor of religion at Furman since 1980, received the ultimate retirement gift at the university’s 2013 Commencement: the Alester G. Furman, Jr., and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching. A graduate of Clemson University, where he majored in electrical engineering, John ShelleyDr. Shelley then chose to study for a Master of Divinity degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He completed his doctoral studies at Vanderbilt University.

Given his ongoing interests in theology and ethics, it is perhaps not surprising that one of Shelley’s legacies at Furman is the poverty studies minor, which he was influential in establishing. One of his students described his teaching as “inspirational” and added, “He developed my slight interest in poverty into a completely new viewpoint on society, [and influenced] my decision to pursue a minor in poverty studies and a career that is aware of social justice and equality. He always sees the best in every student, and he truly believes in what he teaches and who he teaches.”

Meritorious Teaching Award Policy


Meritorious Teaching Awards

 Year  Recipient  Department
2012-2013 Dr. Scott Henderson
Dr. John Shelley
Education
Religion
2011-12
Dr. William Henry Brantley
Physics
2010-11 Dr. James Creighton Edwards
Dr. Daniel Martin Koppelman
Philosophy
Music
2009-10 Dr. Victoria Lynn Turgeon Biology
2008-09 Dr. Christopher W. Blackwell
Dr. Laura Lee Wright
Classics
Chemistry
2007-08 Dr. Bryan Donald Bibb
Dr. Weston Ridgway Dripps
Religion
Earth and Environmental Science
2006-07 Dr. Kailash Khandke
Dr. Jay E. Oney
Economics
Theatre Arts
2005-06 Dr. John M. Harris
Dr. Lon B. Knight, Jr.
Mathematics
Chemistry
2004-05 Dr. Michael L. Bressler Political Science
2003-04 Dr. Maria Carmela Epright
Dr. Sean Patrick O’Rourke
Philosophy
Communication Studies
2002-03 Dr. William Dennis Blaker
Dr. Trudy Hines Fuller
Biology
Music
2001-02 Dr. Linda Anne Julian
Dr. Aristide Francis Tessitore
English
Political Science
2000-01 Dr. Timothy Gene Fehler
Dr. Carolyn Coker Joslin Watson
History
Art
1999-2000 Dr. Ronald J. Granier
Dr. Alvin L. “Bill” Prince II
History
Modern Languages and Literatures
1998-99 Dr. David Herbert Bost
Dr. Gary J. Malvern
Modern Languages and Literatures
Music
1997-98 Dr. Theodore Lloyd Benson
Dr. David Wells Morgan
History
Classical and Modern Languages
1996-97 Dr. John Dean Batson
Dr. Jane Scofield Chew
Psychology
Classical and Modern Languages
1995-96 Dr. James B. Leavell
Dr. Kenneth D. Peterson, Jr.
History
Economics
1994-95 Dr. Wallace C. Fallaw (posthumously)
Dr. David S. Spear
Geology
History
1993-94 Dr. D. Zachary Kelehear
Dr. David W. Rutledge
Education
Religion
1992-93 Dr. Charles A. Kimball
Dr. Susan L. Roberts
Religion
Political Science
1991-92 Dr. Paul M. Cook II
Dr. Marian E. Strobel
Mathematics
History
1990-91 Dr. James L. Guth
Dr. Hayden S. Porter, Jr.
Political Science
Computer Science
1989-90 Dr. Gerda P. McCahan
Dr. Douglas F. Rall
Psychology
Mathematics
1988-89 Dr. John M. Garihan
Dr. Donald L. Gordon
Geology
Political Science
1987-88 Dr. C. Thomas Cloer, Jr.
Dr. William R. Teska
Education
Biology
1986-87 Dr. Elaine C. Nocks
Dr. Sandor Molnar (posthumously)
Psychology
Health and Exercise Science
1985-86 Dr. William J. Lavery
Dr. Larry S. Trzupek
History
Biology
1984-85 Dr. Noel A. P. Kane-Maguire
Dr. Gilles O. J. Einstein
Chemistry
Psychology
1983-84 Dr. John M. Block
Dr. Bingham L. Vick, Jr.
History
Music
1982-83 Dr. Frank C. Taylor Physics
1981-82 Dr. Donald Paul Aiesi Political Science
1980-81 Dr. T. Ray Nanney Computer Science
1979-80 Dr. Charles A. Arrington, Jr. Chemistry
1978-79 Mr. T. Benton Sellers, Jr. Economics and Business Administration
1977-78 Dr. James T. Stewart English
1976-77 Dr. Albert L. Blackwell Religion
1975-76 Dr. John H. Crabtree, Jr. English
1974-75 Dr. James C. Edwards Philosophy
1973-74 Mrs. Charlotte R. Smith Music
1972-73 Dr. Carey S. Crantford Classical and Modern Languages
1971-72 Dr. Alfred S. Reid English
1970-71 Dr. Ernest J. Walters, Jr. Economics and Business Administration
1969-70 Dr. Donald G. Kubler Chemistry
1968-69 Dr. Charles L. Brewer Psychology

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