FLORENCE---Mary H. McNulty of Florence has been selected the J. Lorin Mason Distinguished Professor for the 2001-2002 year at Francis Marion University.
Announced at a campus banquet April 18, this award has been given since the 1975-76 school year and is based upon a faculty member’s contributions to teaching, professional service and scholarly activities.
The award, named in honor of the former chairman of the FMU Board of Trustees, is the highest honor to be bestowed upon a faculty member. It will be presented at FMU’s spring commencement Saturday, May 4. The award carries a $3,000 cash prize, sponsored by the FMU Foundation.
As a result of her selection, McNulty will be the Francis Marion University nominee for the Governor’s Professor of the Year Award competition next fall.
“As one of FMU’s most respected professors, Mary McNulty is recognized as an outstanding teacher of English,” said Fred Carter, FMU president. “She has consistently been recognized for the excellence of her instruction and her student-friendly approach. She is a demanding and rigorous teacher, a published scholar and serves the campus and community with distinction.”
Carter also praised McNulty’s exemplary classroom teaching skills, her strong commitment to research, and her service to college and community.
A member of the FMU faculty since 1979, McNulty holds the Pee Dee Federal Savings Bank Chair in English. She has also taught at Dominican College, the College of Racine, the University of Notre Dame and Johnson C. Smith University. She also has taught high school English in Detroit, Mich.
A native of Racine, Wis., McNulty received a bachelor’s degree from Dominican College, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. She has also done post-graduate study at the University of South Carolina.
She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the College English Association, the Children’s Literature Association, the Adolescent Literature Assembly, the Georgia/South Carolina College English Association, the Southeastern Medieval Association, and the Philological Association of the Carolinas.
McNulty has written numerous articles and presented papers at scholarly meetings. She has served on many departmental and university committees, including a term in the Faculty Senate. She is also treasurer of the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta.
Active in St. Anthony Parish, she has served as president of the Friends of Florence County Library since 1998 and has been involved in the Florence Area Literacy Council.
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