Academic Affairs Awards

2019 Award Nominations are closed.

So many of our colleagues embody a passion and work ethic worth emulating. These individuals positively impact the lives of others through their professional commitments. Every year, we ask the members of our campus community to nominate their deserving colleagues for the Academic Affairs Awards. Each award is assigned an award committee comprised of representative faculty members from our academic colleges and/or individuals related to the purpose of the award. 

Click below for a description of each award including evaluation criteria, eligibility, and nomination process. Submissions for all 2019 awards were due by 5 pm Monday, February 11, 2019.

Note: Due to budgetary constraints, the Richard W. Griffin Political Engagement Award will not be given out this year. 


If you have questions, please contact Carrie Franklund at [email protected] or (231) 591-3534.

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2019 Academic Awards Recipients

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  • Blair EntenmannBlair Entenmann, Marketing faculty member in the College of Business, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2019 Adjunct Teaching Award, which recognizes a member of the academic community who demonstrates excellence through exceptional and innovative teaching.

    “Blair Entenmann has proven to be a worthy candidate for this prestigious award,” Sarah Roak for the Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award committee said. “This award is given to a faculty member who shows an unusual effort to ensuring quality student learning, creativity in instructional approach, and maintains high, scholarly standards for the rigor and currency of the course content and student performance. Blair Entenmann embodies all of these qualities.”

    Students respect Entenmann because of his past experience in business and marketing which he brings to the classroom. He uses a "READ, LISTEN, DO" methodology that involves initiative, prior planning, technology, and application. He models his class projects around real-world application and treats his students as employees who must employ critical thinking and ingenuity. “Blair has provided classes that are engaging, unique, and leave students eager to apply their new skills,” Marketing student Keegan Brown said. “He does his best to ensure his students’ success not only in the classroom but also in the future.”

    In addition to the expertise he brings to his teaching, Entenmann is committed to co-curricular experience. He is a Crimson Consulting Advisor for the American Marketing Association Registered Student Organization and has been the Master of Ceremonies for the regional DECA competition each January. He serves on the Marketing Development Committee as well as on program faculty panels, all of which strive to ensure student success both in the classroom and in future careers. Entenmann received the College of Business’ Outstanding Service to Students Award in 2017 and was the Ferris AMA Professor of the Year in 2015.

    Entenmann and other recipients of the 2019 Academic Affairs Awards were recognized on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the Employee Service Awards in the University Center.

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  • Tracy BuschAs an Associate Professor of History who continues as lead faculty for Ferris State University’s Museum of Sexist Objects, Tracy Nichols Busch acknowledges the value of learning in its own right. She has been selected to receive the 2019 Distinguished Teacher Award.

    Busch, who earned a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1991, and her Doctorate from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 2003, was nominated for this award in 2018. She is in her twelfth year of teaching at Ferris.

    “The hardest part,” Busch said, “was thinking of myself as ‘distinguished.’ When I hear that word, the stereotype of a gray-haired man in a tweed jacket came to mind. The process forced me to articulate my teaching philosophy and to realize that I bring my own unique combination of professional, personal and academic experience into the classroom.”

    “I also find it humbling,” Busch said, “because of who I am surrounded by. My fellow professors work hard to reach the students. Unlike R1 universities, where egos run wild, our faculty support one another and share best practices. We recognize that our students are at a critical stage in their lives. On top of figuring out who they are, they often also have family obligations and outside jobs.”

    Busch said helping students to understand and respect the importance of history is at the root of her classroom efforts.

    “So many students think history is just names and dates, when in fact history explains why we think and act the way we do,” Busch said. ”As the novelist William Faulkner wrote, ‘The past is never dead, it’s not even past.’ If you want to understand why immigration is a hot-button issue or why Black Lives Matter is a significant movement, you have to learn American history. Knowing world history, will not only enable you to be culturally literate, it will also help you compete on the global job market.”

    Regarding her work outside the classroom, Busch noted, “I never imagined, when I took the job at Ferris, that I would become involved with projects as big as the BEYOND campus-wide exhibit spearheaded by the Office of International Education or the creation of the Museum of Sexist Objects, which was originally under the Diversity and Inclusion Office. Both have involved extensive collaboration with fellow faculty, administrators and students and are bringing important attention to Ferris.”

    Several days after Busch’s Distinguished Teacher Award was announced by the Office of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, she traveled with members of the university’s Phi Alpha Theta chapter to a regional conference held at Oakland University, in Rochester. Busch serves as the Ferris chapter’s advisor and noted that the seven Ferris students who presented papers that day had participated in a valuable learning experience. “By standing in front of their fellow historians and presenting original research, they went from being passive consumers of information to creators of knowledge,” Busch said. “It was a proud moment.”

    College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kristi Haik said that Busch’s selection is a just reward for her efforts to benefit the university and its students.

    “Dr. Busch is an excellent professor, loved by her students and committed to her work, inside and outside of the classroom,” Haik said. “We are so excited for her and agree that the award is much deserved.”

    Busch joined other award-winning faculty and staff members at a celebratory dinner hosted by Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Paul Blake and Academic Senate President Sandra Alspach on Monday, April 15. She will receive the Distinguished Teacher Award at the Employee Service Awards ceremony Wednesday, April 24.

    The above content is from the Ferris News Service.

  • Lisa vonReichbauerLisa vonReichbauer, Assistant Director in the Office of International Education, has been named the 2019 Diversity Enhancement Award recipient for her contributions and dedication in creating a diverse and inclusive campus at Ferris.

    vonReichbauer was honored for her leadership ability in championing diversity and advancing activities that promote a welcoming and inclusive campus. “I celebrate the diverse human beings that we are: diverse voices, backgrounds, experiences, and ideas,” vonReichbauer said. “I work very hard to create an inclusive campus at Ferris so that everyone feels that the campus belongs to them.”

    Vital to international student enrollment, vonReichbauer developed the curriculum for the Intensive English Program, as well as implemented the Lighthouse Symposium for TESOL professionals. “Lisa’s work was instrumental in bringing these diverse perspectives to Ferris and our partners here in Michigan and beyond,” one nominator wrote. “This Is an example of how diversity of perspectives Is being brought to classroom teaching through Lisa's efforts of working with others.”

    Additionally, vonReichbauer has been involved in the development of the Beyond Initiative, Deliberative Dialogues, the Global Competency Collaborative Certificate Program, the MyPLACE Program, and China Academic Partnership Initiative, among others. She is also a mentor for international students and an immigration advisor.

     “An educator at heart, my work revolves around developing, implementing, and supporting programs that promote learning about different perspectives and respecting all members of the Ferris community,” vonReichbauer said.

    Employed at Ferris for the last seven years, vonReichbauer has served in various roles including being a faculty member, Coordinator of the Intensive English Program, and currently, Assistant Director of the International Office. Additionally, she is the Primary Designated School Official for immigration and student services for international students.

    VonReichbauer and other recipients of the 2019 Academic Affairs Awards were recognized on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the Employee Service Awards in the University Center.












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