Carol Martin Awarded Excellence in Education Award
April 27, 2017
The Division of Student Affairs has awarded Carol Martin a 2017 Excellence in Education Award.
The award recognizes faculty and staff whose support and value of out-of-class learning experiences distinguishes them at MU.
Carol Martin coordinates the Undergraduate Advising Office for the Division of Biological Sciences. In addition to advising students, Martin teaches a Learning Strategies for College Students course for the Student Success Center and a Transfer Interest Group (TRIG) section for biology majors. She serves on the Division’s Scholarship Committee and Committee for Curriculum.
“Carol once shared with me that she sees her job as helping students discover what success is to them,” wrote Curators’ Distinguished Professor John C. Walker in his statement nominating Martin for the award. “She has learned that this discovery process involves a lot of exploring, resources, guidance, and support. She coordinates our Undergraduate Advising Office in keeping with this philosophy.”
Walker said Martin has made several “important and long-lasting contributions” to the Division, including a peer advising program that partners incoming freshman with upper-level biology majors and the Biology Intensive Orientation at MU Experience or BIOME.
“BIOME is an exciting new addition to our undergraduate program and has the potential to be modeled by other programs on campus,” shared Walker.
He said that Martin also goes “above-and-beyond” by arranging diverse co-curricular activities for biology majors, including practical workshops on how to get involved in research or how to apply to graduate school as well as several career-related meetings, social events, and the Division’s annual Fall Welcome Dinner and Spring Biology Recognition Banquet.
Student success, said Walker, is the theme that links all Martin’s efforts together.
“I can really think of no one who is more dedicated to student success than Carol Martin. All her efforts are directed at ensuring students’ experiences in biology and at MU are valuable, personal, memorable, and successful,” he said.
Martin was presented with the award, which comes with an inscribed plaque and a monetary prize, at a banquet on April 26.
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