Ohio State Marion Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Brian McEnnis will be recognized at halftime of the Ohio State vs. Iowa football game this Saturday in Ohio Stadium. McEnnis is being recognized on the field as 1 of 3 winners of the 2013 President and Provost's Award for Distinguished Faculty Service.
The President and Provost's Award for Distinguished Faculty Service honors faculty members whose contributions to the development and implementation of university policies and programs through non-administrative roles have been extensive and have made documentable impact on the quality of the university. The recipients also have continued to provide effective teaching and have maintained an active program of research, scholarship, or creative work. Recipients are nominated by members of the university community and selected by a committee of faculty, administrators, and previous recipients.
Nomination Excerpts for Dr. Brian McEnnis
Brian McEnnis has compiled a long, significant record of service to Ohio State in general and to the Marion campus in particular, and that list alone would be enough to merit serious consideration for the "distinguished" label. But adding in the outreach and engagement components of that service pushes him well over the top.
"Dr. McEnnis has worked tirelessly to extend the reach and visibility of The Ohio State University into our communities," a nominator wrote. "Service to the community characterizes the service of many regional campus faculty, but his service in particular provides a stellar example of the impact this can have."
His distinguished service to the university has included terms on University Senate, during which he performed particularly important work on the Faculty Compensation and Benefits Committee and on both committees (the "Chism Committee" of 2001-02 and the "Gerber Committee" of 2008-09) that considered and ultimately set into motion the conversion from quarters to semesters.
But through all that, he's also: Worked to enhance mathematics education and knowledge among pre-college students through work in summer programs and as site coordinator of the state Mathematics Contest; directed and hosted the North Central District Science Fair for nearly 20 years; and established a Science Café that has become a popular and well-attended event that enriches the entire Marion community.
"Brian McEnnis has distinguished himself, his department and his campus as a selfless contributor to the greater good of the university," a nominator wrote. "He has made Ohio State a better place because he has balanced his dedication to teaching and research with a sustained commitment to service."
McEnnis joined the Ohio State Marion faculty in 1978.