McCall earns Faculty Council’s Excellence Award at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 06 May 2008

TROY, Ala. – Joseph McCall, lecturer in the Department of History, is the first-ever recipient of the Troy University Faculty Council’s Excellence Award.

McCall, a Troy resident, was honored during the University’s annual Honors Convocation held recently on the Troy Campus.

The award was created to the salute outstanding contributions of non-tenure track faculty, according to Dr. Elizabeth Blum, Faculty Council president.

“This is the first year for the Faculty Council Excellence Award. It is given to a non-tenure track faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching, research, and service to the university,” Dr. Blum said. “The Council hopes to reward and recognize outstanding teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty in their work here.”

McCall, a member of the TROY faculty since 2005, was nominated for the award by Dr. Bryant Shaw, chair of the Department of History.

“Joe McCall is one of the most innovative teachers I have ever encountered,” Dr. Shaw said. “I consistently get notes from students that highlight his inspirational teaching, and letters of appreciation from faculty and staff praising his involvement with students outside of class. Based on his career as an addictions counselor, he has lectured in Troy University classes involving the use of drugs and alcohol and organized a campus effort to start a self-help recovery program.”

McCall is currently a doctoral degree candidate at Auburn University where he earned his master’s degree in history in 2005. He earned his bachelor’s degree in American studies from Idaho State University in 1999.

Prior to joining the faculty at Troy University, McCall served as a graduate assistant at Auburn and as a school counselor at Wellington School in Columbus, Ohio.

McCall, a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, also previously operated a private therapy practice in Granville, Ohio, specializing in chemical dependency treatment and has worked as a therapist and counselor at St. Anthony Mercy Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Shepherd Hill Hospital in Newark, Ohio and the United Christian Center at Ohio State University.

At TROY, McCall routinely serves as a mentor for new faculty within the Department of History who are integrating technology with teaching large classes and regularly advises groups such as student housing resident assistants and student organizations such as Greeks Advocating for the Mature Management of Alcohol on chemical dependency issues. He also previously served as advisor for the University’s chapter of the NAACP.

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Joseph McCall (second from right), a lecturer in the Department of History, receives the Troy University Faculty Council’s Excellence Award during the University’s annual Honors Convocation. From left to right, are: TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Faculty Council President Dr. Elizabeth Blum, McCall, and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dr. Ed Roach.