Troy University named 'outstanding partner'

Posted: Tuesday, 03 August 2010

TROY—An international consortium of higher education and corporate educators has named Troy University its Outstanding Partner for 2010.

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, or MERLOT, presented the award at its Emerging Technologies Symposium on July 21 in San Jose, NM.

Dr. Deb Gearhart, director of TROY’s eCampus, accepted the award on the behalf of the University.

The award is reserved for partners with at least a five-year history as a MERLOT Education Partner, and is given in recognition of exemplary contributions, participation and leadership in the organization.

“We are especially grateful for the service of Dr. Deb Gearhart as a MERLOT project director,” said Cathy Swift, director of academic partner services. “Her leadership and contributions in MERLOT, along with her service to the larger community of distance education practitioners is also outstanding.”

In addition to Dr. Gearhart’s involvement, other TROY faculty members serve on the organization’s editorial board as peer reviewers, including Dr. Sergey Belyi, a professor of mathematics; Dr. Maureen Hannay, an associate professor of business; Dr. John Jinright, an associate professor of music; and Dr. Gary Manfready, an assistant professor of education. Gayle Nelson, director of instructional design and educational resources for eCampus, and Dr. Belyi also attended the conference.

MERLOT is an international initiative enabling faculty to integrate technology into higher education. It is an online community of faculty and institutions collaborating to increase the quantity of high-quality, web-based, interactive teaching and learning materials and serves as a free “gateway” for these web-based materials.

Dr. Deb Gearhart

Dr. Deb Gearhart, director of Troy University’s eCampus, accepts the MERLOT 2010 Outstanding Partner award from Dr. Gerry Hanley, executive director of Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching. The organization presented the award to the University for its long-term contributions, participation and leadership in the international organization.