TROY – Troy University Professor Jerry Johnson sees a lot of trends coming in his role as chairman of the Art and Design Department.
One thing he didn’t see coming was the Wallace D. Malone Distinguished Faculty Award being presented to him during the University’s annual Faculty Convocation on Aug. 10. Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dr. Ed Roach presented the award on behalf of the faculty and administration.
“The Malone Award recognizes outstanding teaching, but it also takes into account the many other qualities of an excellent faculty member, such as service, publications and research,” said Dr. Roach. “The 2007 Malone Award winner, Mr. Jerry Johnson, brings together the best of what it means to be a teacher and a scholar.”
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 an award committee for the honor.
Full-time faculty members from any TROY campus or site are eligible for the award, which consists of a trophy, 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.
With the medallion’s red ribbon hanging from around his neck, Johnson said he was humbled by the recognition.
“I am terribly flattered. I can't help but think of those who positioned me to have this honor,” he said. “I have to thank my long-time, DTI partner Ed Noriega for his inspiration. I have to thank Dean Maryjo Cochran and her predecessors for their ability to create a climate of vibrancy, support and innovation.”
Johnson, who joined the TROY faculty in 2000 as department chairman, holds the master of fine arts degree from Louisiana Tech University, the terminal degree in his field, and a master of education degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where he completed a bachelor of arts degree in commercial art in 1986.
Under his direction the University’s Center for Design, Technology and Industry – DTI – has flourished, bringing in more than $100,000 in fees for the design cooperative between students, faculty and industry clients. This money provides supplemental funding for technology, travel, exhibitions, scholarships and other opportunities for art and design students.
Mr. Johnson is a Chancellor’s Fellow, and has been honored for his design work through the Advertising Federation’s ADDY Awards and regional and national juried art competitions. Many of his students have also won state, regional and national art and design acclaim. The success, Johnson said, would not be possible without the work of others.
“Most of all, I have to recognize that I have the best faculty and staff that a professor could ever ask for. There is not a day goes by in my department where I am not inspired to become better,” he said.