TROY, Ala.—Dr. Iris M. Saltiel, professor in the College of Education on Troy University’s Phenix City Campus, has been awarded the Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award.
Dr. Saltiel, who joined the TROY faculty in 1998, was presented the award by Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Ed Roach during the University’s annual Faculty and Staff Convocation on Friday.
Designed to recognize those who have exhibited excellence through outstanding teaching, public service, publications and research, the Wallace D. Malone Award is presented annually to a full-time TROY faculty member. Recipients are first nominated by their deans, department chairs or their peers and then selected by a committee for the honor.
The award consists of a $1,500 cash prize and a medallion to be worn with academic regalia. The award is made possible through a $100,000 endowment by the SouthTrust Corp. Wallace Malone, former chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SouthTrust, served as a TROY trustee from 1975-1995.
“Dr. Saltiel is an outstanding teacher and scholar, and she exhibits all that it means to be a faculty member at Troy University,” Dr. Roach said.
Dr. Saltiel, a resident of Midland, Ga., said the announcement came as a surprise and that she was humbled by the honor.
“Receiving this award is an incredible honor,” she said. “Knowing that my colleague, Dr. Janet McNellis, nominated me was touching and meaningful enough; and, then to actually be selected, wow. I am humbled and proud to be the 2010 recipient of the Wallace D. Malone Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award.”
Dr. Saltiel holds the Doctorate in Education, Administration and Supervision from Fordham University and a master’s degree in adult education from Rutgers University. She completed her undergraduate education at Trenton State College, earning a bachelor’s degree in special education.
In addition to teaching graduate level courses in educational administration and leadership on the Phenix City Campus, Dr. Saltiel also serves as director of the University’s Quality Enhancement Institute, a program designed to provide professional support and training for faculty.
In 2006, Dr. Saltiel was selected as a Fellow in the Chancellor’s Faculty and Staff Fellowship Program, which enables full-time faculty and staff to develop increased knowledge and understanding of the programs and operations of Troy University. Participants in the program are selected because of their leadership potential and past service to the University.
With more than 25 years experience, Dr. Saltiel has developed and implemented educational programming for adult learners seeking literacy, in corporate educational and training programs, as well as in degree programs.
Saltiel has co-written books on cohort programming and partnerships in adult learning. Her research interests include faculty partnerships and university collaborations with public schools. Some of her more recent publications include: “Collaboration Evolves into Learning Community,” Academic Exchange Quarterly; “A Collaborative Partnership Evaluation Project: Assessing a Middle School Initiative, Journal of Educational Research and Policy Studies; “Collaboration Between Universities and Public Schools for Improved Student Achievement,” Perspectives in Learning: A Journal of the College of Education, Columbus State University; and, “A Conceptual Model of Ways to Encourage Adult Learner Connections,” The Journal of Continuing Higher Education.