Dr. Jeff Spurlock receives Ingalls Award at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 24 April 2008

TROY, Ala. –Dr. Jeff Spurlock, associate professor in Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism, is the recipient of the Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, the University’s most prestigious honor for faculty members.

Dr. Spurlock, a Troy resident, received the award during the University’s annual Honors Convocation held Monday night in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has “most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year.” Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.

“One of the marks of excellent teaching at Troy University is the capacity to ask, as well as to answer provocative questions,” said Dr. Ed Roach, executive vice chancellor and provost. “This year’s Ingalls recipient, Dr. Jeff Spurlock, certainly fits that mold.”

Dr. Spurlock earned his doctoral degree in mass communications from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005, his master’s in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University in 1997 and his bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from Western Kentucky University in 1979.

Dr. Spurlock has been a member of the Troy University faculty since 2001. Prior to joining the TROY faculty, he served as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi, an instructor in the Department of Radio and Television at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, an instructor with Northwestern University’s National High School Institute in Evanston, Ill., and an adjunct professor and teaching assistant at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Dr. Spurlock also has 15 years of professional broadcast journalism experience. He worked as a news reporter, anchor, producer, and managing editor at a number of radio and TV stations, including: WKDA (AM)/WKDF (FM) in Nashville, Tenn.; WVJS (AM)/WSTO (FM) in Owensboro, Ky.; WVJS-TV in Owensboro, Ky.; WTVK-TV (NBC Affiliate) in Knoxville, Tenn.; and WFIE-TV (NBC Affiliate) in Evansville, Ind.

Dr. Spurlock was selected as a Chancellor’s Fellow in 2007 and is a three time recipient of the Student Government Association’s Faculty Member of the Semester Award. The author of numerous academic articles, Dr. Spurlock also recently published his first novel, Clemente’s Dream.

Dr. Spurlock, whose wife Dr. Amy Spurlock is an associate professor in TROY’s School of Nursing, said he was honored to receive the Ingalls Award.

“I have the best job in the world,” he said. “Not only am I teaching at the greatest University, but I have the honor of teaching some of the greatest students in the world. The students make my job so enjoyable. Not only do I enjoy teaching them, but I also learn from them. Every day is a learning experience for me. It is a tremendous honor to receive this award.”