Associate Professor Amy Summerville teaching a psychology class.

Excellence in Career Development Award

Nomination Deadline

The nomination process will open early fall and will close at the end of the fall semester.

The Excellence in Career Development Award recognizes faculty who actively support the development of the Miami University career community. This may occur through:

  • incorporating career development and career advising into their teaching and student advising.
  • seeking out partnerships with employers,
  • graduate/professional programs, the Center for Career Exploration & Success, and others who may provide internship, job, or graduate/professional school opportunities for students within his/her academic division or throughout the University.

Nominees spend a significant portion of their time providing exemplary direct delivery of career development services to undergraduate students.

2017 – 18 Award Winners

  • Dr. Leland G. Spencer – Assistant Professor, Interdisc. & Communication Studies
  • Dr. Eun Chong Yang – CAS, Associate Director, English
  • Dr. John A. Bailer – CAS, Professor, Statistics
  • Dr. Nicole K. Pankiewicz – CAS, Assistant Professor, Political Science
  • Ann E. Taulbee – CCA, Director, Art
  • Dr. Jeremy D. Jones – CCA, Associate Professor, Music
  • Clark A. Kelly – CEC, Senior Director, External Relations & Communication
  • Dr. Jessica L. Sparks – CEC, Associate Professor, Chemical, Paper & Biomedical Engineering
  • Dr. Sharon L. Custer – EHS, Director, Family Science & Social Work
  • Dr. Allison Jones-Farmer – FSB, Professor, Business Analytics
  • Dr. Brian J. Ballou – FSB, Professor, Accountancy

2016 – 17 Award Winners

  • Kimberly Hamlin – CAS, Associate Professor, Global & Intercultural Studies
  • Mark Krekeler – CAS, Associate Professor, Mathematical & Physical Sciences
  • Mark Lacker – FSB, Altman Clinical Faculty, Institute for Entrepreneurship
  • Nancy Parkinson – EHS, Clinical Faculty, Kinesiology & Health
  • Phil Russo – CAS, Director CPMRA, Political Science
  • Qihou Zhou – CEC, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Saffron Henke – CCA, Assistant Professor, Theatre

2015 – 16 Award Winners

  • Mr. Craig Hinrichs - CCA, Associate Professor, Architecture and Interior Design
  • Dr. John Bowblis - FSB, Associate Professor, Economics
  • Dr. Jeff Merhout - FSB, Associate Professor, Information Systems and Analytics
  • Dr. Aimin Wang - EHS, Professor, Educational Psychology
  • Ms. Terri Spahr Nelson - EHS, Instructor and Director, Undergraduate Social Work Program
  • Dr. Sam Morris - EHS, Clinical Faculty, Kinesiology and Health
  • Ms. Gretchen Matuszak - EHS, Instructor and Director,Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Dr. Brian Currie - CAS, Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science
  • Dr. Patrick Murphy - CAS, Associate Professor, English
  • Dr. Shashi Lalvani - CEC, Chair, Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering
  • Ms. Louise Morman - CEC, Executive Director, Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute  

2014 – 15 Award Winners

  • Dr. Tim Cameron - CEC, Chair, Mechanical Engineering
  • Dr. Bryan Ashenbaum - FSB, Associate Professor, Supply Chain
  • Dr. Josh Schwarz - FSB, Professor, Management
  • Ms. Jennifer Edwards - EHS, Departmental Advisor
  • Dr. Don Ucci - CEC, Professor and Former Chair, Electrical and Computational Engineering
  • Dr. Erik Jensen - CAS, Chair, History
  • Dr. Tim Melley - CAS, Director, Humanities Center
  • Dr. Pepper Stetler - CCA, Assistant Professor, Art History

2013 – 14 Award Winners

  • Dr. Jim Kiper - CEC, Professor and Chair, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Ms. Julia Guichard - CCA, Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Theatre
  • Dr. Amy Summerville - CAS, Assistant Professor, Psychology
  • Dr. Heidi McKee - CAS, Associate Professor, English, Interim Roger and Joyce L. Howe Professor, Director of Professional Writing
  • Mrs. Patricia Troesch - EHS, Instructor, Kinesiology and Health
  • Dr. David Rosenthal - FSB, Professor, Marketing
  • Ms. Jan Taylor - FSB, Senior Lecturer, Marketing

Selection Process


Nominees for this award must be a current member of Miami's faculty.  Nominees should also have a significant record of direct delivery of career development services to undergraduates, and meet a majority of the following criteria:

  • Developing career-mindedness in students: integrates career development into course offerings and student advising; provides opportunities for students to engage with employers inside or out of the classroom.
  • High quality of information and advice: knowledge of range of career paths available to students within academic division; basic knowledge of internship/job-search skills: resumes, interviewing, cover letter, networking, social media; assistance to students as they develop academic, personal and career goals; knowledge of services provided by the Center for Career Exploration & Success and regular contact with the Center for Career Exploration & Success Liaison; and ability to engage in designing developmentally appropriate career goals for students.
  • Outstanding support of students: demonstration of holistic career advising principles; willingness to act in the student's best career interests; and appropriate employer referral activity.
  • Outstanding support for the Miami University Career Community: understanding of Miami’s talent value proposition to employers; demonstrates a strong commitment to building employer partnerships and developing relationships with executives, recruiters, parents and alumni in different industries; commitment to leveraging employer relationships for the benefit of students’ academic experience and career goals.


All faculty who have engaged in helping students in their career exploration and job search process, whether it is formally a part of one’s job or not, are eligible for nomination. Consideration for this award requires one letter of nomination. Nomination letters should provide detailed evidence of effective advising qualities and/or practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding, enthusiastic supporter of a student’s career after graduation from Miami University. Nomination letters should be submitted, via e-mail to Jen Franchak, Assistant Vice President of the Center for Career Exploration & Success:

The Assistant Vice President, the Center for Career Exploration & Success and selected Career Center staff members will review the nominations and make recommendations to the Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Success, who will make the final selection.

The call for nominations for the Excellence in Career Development Award is issued every year. The award may be given to one recipient from each school/college and will be accompanied by a $500 monetary award.