FLORENCE---Four Francis Marion University faculty members were honored for outstanding individual work during the past year at a faculty recognition banquet on April 21.
Lisa A. Pike was given the Award for Excellence in Teaching; Elizabeth A. Zahnd was presented the Award for Excellence in Service; Jeffrey D. Camper received the Award for Excellence in Research; and D. Keith Best was given the Shared Governance Award. All four live in Florence.
“Lisa, Liz, Jeff and Keith are great examples of what outstanding faculty contribute to a university. I am very proud that their work is being recognized with these awards,” said Fred Carter, president of FMU. “Exemplary teaching, public service and scholarship are essential characteristics of a superb faculty, and these four colleagues epitomize the very finest faculty. ”
An assistant professor of biology, Pike has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1993. She was cited for her classroom teaching skills and her personal interest in students. A native of Henrietta, N.Y., she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Binghamton University in 1989 and a master’s in marine biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1991, where she was also a biology instructor. She did post-graduate work in tropical marine ecology at James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia. At FMU, she chairs the Recycling Committee and is faculty adviser of the Ecology Club. She also served as president of the Pee Dee Natural History Society. Her research interests are in the areas of marine biology and marine ichthyology, and she has written several articles and made numerous scholarly presentations on those topics.
Zahnd, a native of Maryville, Mo., has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1999. She is an assistant professor of French and coordinator of the French program. She was cited for her service to the university and the community. She has been co-editor of the S.C. Modern Language Review since 2002. She established exchange agreements between FMU and two universities in France. She was the 2004 winner of the Estudio Internacional Sampere-Ulloa Scholarship award which covered four weeks of summer study in Spain. An adviser to the French Club, she has led student study trips to France and Mexico. She earned a bachelor’s degree in French and foreign service with honors at Baylor University in 1992, a master’s in French at Middlebury College School in Paris, France, in 1993, and a doctorate in French at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999. Her primary area of interest is Francophone literature of Quebec and the Caribbean, post-Colonial studies.
A native of Aurora, Ill., Camper has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1994. A professor of biology, Camper was cited for his extensive scholarly work, primarily in the study of amphibians and reptiles in the southeastern coastal plain. He has published numerous articles and received several grants to conduct research. Camper received his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Southern Illinois University in 1982, a master’s degree in biology from Drake University in 1985 and a doctorate in wildlife and fisheries from Texas A&M University in 1990, where he also did post-doctoral work. He has taught at Drake, Texas A&M and at Austin College, prior to coming to FMU.
An associate professor of theatre arts, Best received 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. He is currently president of FMU’s AAUP chapter. Also a resident of Florence, Best has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1993. A native of Valdosta, Ga., he earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Valdosta State University in 1986 and a master’s in fine arts at the University of Louisville in 1993.
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