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HUNTINGTON, WV -

William Palmer, a professor of history at Marshall University, has been selected as the Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award winner for 2013-2014, one of a number of awards recently made to faculty members at the school.

Palmer will receive $5,000 through a grant from Charles B. and Mary Jo Locke Hedrick. The award is named in honor of Charles Hedrick’s father, Charles E. Hedrick, a former history professor and later chairman of the Graduate Council, and one of the founders of Marshall’s graduate program.

Marshall’s Center for Teaching and Learning announced the Hedrick Award and two others honoring four faculty members. They are the Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award to Judith Silver, professor, department of mathematics, and the Pickens-Queen Excellence in Teaching Award to Anne Axel, assistant professor, department of biological sciences; Kristen Lillvis, assistant professor, department of English; and Zelideth Maria Rivas, assistant professor, department of modern languages.

The Hedrick award recognizes a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member with at least seven years of teaching experience at Marshall and a record of outstanding classroom teaching, scholarship, research and creative activities.

Palmer has been teaching history at Marshall since 1984, when he was hired as an assistant professor. He became a full professor in 1992. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maine in Orono, Maine, in 1981.

The Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award includes a $3,000 stipend, and all tenured or tenure-track faculty members at or above the rank of assistant professor who have completed six or more years of service at Marshall are eligible.

Silver joined the Marshall faculty in 1989, when she was hired as an assistant professor. She earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Kentucky in 1988.

The Pickens-Queen Excellence in Teaching award winners get a $1,000 stipend. The award honors outstanding junior faculty. All faculty members teaching on a full-time, tenured or tenure track appointment who are at the instructor or assistant professor rank and who have completed one to five years of service at Marshall are eligible.

Axel came to Marshall in 2012 from the University of Michigan, where she had been since 2009. She is an assistant professor of biology and remote sensing in MU’s department of biological sciences. She earned her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2011.

Lillvis came to Marshall in 2012 from the University of Kansas. An assistant professor in Marshall’s English department, she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

Rivas joined Marshall in 2012 after teaching at Grinnell College. At Marshall, she is an assistant professor in Japanese. She has organized a Japanese Tea Club and oversees the bake sales that support the club.

She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley in 2009.