TROY-Dr. Traci Mendel, lecturer in John M. Long School of Music, is the recipient of the 2011 Troy University Faculty Senate Excellence Award.
Mendel, who joined the Troy University faculty in 2010, received the award on April 11 from Faculty Senate President Dr. Sam Shelton during the University's annual Honors Convocation on the Troy Campus. The award was created to salute the outstanding contributions of non-tenure track faculty. It was presented for the first time in 2008.
"The Faculty Senate Excellence Award recognizes distinction in faculty achievements by full-time faculty not in tenure-track or tenured positions," Dr. Shelton said. "This year's recipient demonstrates this call to excellence. Dr. Mendel is an accomplished composer with dozens of works performed throughout the United States and Europe. Her creative efforts are also performed by faculty and students at Troy University."
Mendel teaches music theory, aural skills, applied composition instruction and applied voice instruction on the Troy Campus.
"I am honored and humbled to be the recipient of the Faculty Senate Excellence Award," Mendel said. "I am especially honored to have been nominated by my colleagues."
Prior to joining the TROY faculty, Mendel served as a music instructor at Appalachian State University, a visiting assistant professor of music theory and composition at Birmingham Southern College and an assistant professor of music theory and composition at Middle Tennessee State University. She also has previously served as an instructor at Appalachian State's Cannon Music Camp, an adjunct instructor at both the University of New Orleans and Tallahassee Community College and a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University.
Mendel has served as Composer-in-Residence for the Nashville Double Reed Ensemble since 2008 and placed first in the Art Song division at the 2008 Longfellow Chorus International Composition Competition. Other honors she has received include the 2001 Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2000 Gold Key Award for Excellence in Teaching, both from Florida State University.
Mendel received her doctorate of music in music composition in 2002 and her master's in music composition in 1996, both from Florida State University. She received her bachelor's degree in theory and composition from Centenary College of Louisiana in 1990.