FLORENCE---Three Francis Marion University faculty members were honored for outstanding individual work during the past year at a faculty recognition banquet on April 18.
P. Edwin Eleazer was given the Award for Excellence in Teaching, LeRoy “Pete” Peterson Jr. was presented the Award for Excellence in Service, and Fred R. David received the Award for Excellence in Research. Each award carries a cash prize of $2,000. All three live in Florence.
“Ed, Pete and Fred epitomize the highest standards of what a good faculty member means to a university,” said Fred Carter, president of FMU. “Teaching, public service and the pursuit of knowledge are essential characteristics of a good faculty member, and these awards recognize the importance of each in our mission of educating students.”
A native of Anderson, Eleazer has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1987. He was cited for his classroom teaching as professor of English. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at Florida State University where he was a graduate teaching assistant. He also taught high school English in Australia and in Georgia and was an assistant professor at Darden College in Georgia before coming to FMU.
Peterson, a native of Florence, has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1990. He is an associate professor of chemistry and was cited for his service to the community and state and for service on numerous university committees. He earned a bachelor’s degree at FMU and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of South Carolina where he was an undergraduate laboratory teaching assistant. He is active in the American Chemical Society, the Pee Dee Math and Science Hub, the Science South project and the S.C. Academy of Science. He is president of North Vista PTA, serves on the board of Florence Boys and Girls Club and coaches in youth basketball leagues. He is faculty advisor for Omega Psi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities and Zeta Phi Beta sorority and is active in the university’s African American Faculty and Staff Coalition.
David, a professor of business administration, was cited for his extensive scholarly work, primarily in strategic management. His three textbooks in strategic management are soon to be in their ninth printing by Prentice Hall and are used in 400 colleges and translated into Chinese, Japanese, Farsi, Spanish, Indonesian and Arabic. A member of the FMU faculty since 1988, David earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Wake Forest University and a doctorate at the University of South Carolina. A native of Fayetteville, N.C., he has also taught at Auburn University, Mississippi State University, East Carolina University, the University of South Carolina and UNC Pembroke.
John G. Rae of Florence, professor of biology, also was presented the Shared Governance Award, sponsored by the FMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. This award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates commitment to the principles of shared governance between the faculty, administration and the board of trustees. A member of the FMU faculty since 1988, Rae earned a bachelor’s degree at State University of New York at Stony Brook, a master’s at the University of the Pacific and a doctorate at Ohio University. He is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y.
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