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ODU Professor Kent Carpenter Earns State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award

By Joe Garvey

Kent Carpenter, professor and Eminent Scholar in the Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University's College of Sciences was named one of 12 recipients of a State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) 2020 Outstanding Faculty Award.

Carpenter will receive his award, which includes a $7,500 gift from Dominion Energy, during a ceremony in Richmond on March 9. He becomes the 33rd ODU faculty member to win this award, which recognizes faculty at Virginia's institutions of higher learning who exemplify the highest standards of teaching, scholarship and service since the program was established in 1987.

"I am honored to contribute to the fine record ODU has in receiving SCHEV awards," Carpenter said. "We have a great team that helps faculty put together the award packages, and I thank Larry Weinstein and Bridget Anderson for their guidance, Deborah Waller for nominating me, and my family for their support and tolerance of my need to travel to study fishes."

Carpenter has taught at Old Dominion University since 1996. He was honored for his internationally recognized research in marine conservation biology, the systematics and evolution of marine fish and marine biogeography, as well as his significant contributions to advancing science and his service to the University.

Nominees are selected by the institutions, reviewed by a panel of peers and chosen by a committee of leaders from the public and private sectors. In all, 85 nominations were submitted this year. This group was narrowed to a field of 27 finalists.

Other nominees from ODU were Jennifer Fish (women's studies), Katherine Hammond (communication and theatre arts), Sylvain Marsillac (electrical and computer engineering), Balsa Terzic (physics), Chunsheng Xin (electrical and computer engineering) and Richard Zimmerman (ocean, Earth and atmospheric sciences).

The following are Old Dominion's previous SCHEV outstanding faculty winners:

2018

Helen Crompton, Teaching and Learning

2017

Jennifer Michaeli, Engineering Technology

Anatoly Radyushkin, Physics

2016

Charles Hyde, Physics

2015

Gail Dodge, Physics

2014

Carolyn Rutledge, Nursing

2012

Steve Yetiv, Political Science

2011

Mark Butler, Biological Sciences

2009

Lawrence Hatab, Philosophy

Lawrence Weinstein, Physics

2008

Bridget Anderson, English

Shaomin Li, Business Management

2007

John Adam, Mathematics & Statistics

2006

Donald Zeigler, Political Science & Geography

Sharon Raver-Lampman, Early Childhood, Speech-Language Pathology, & Special Education

2005

Katharine Kersey, Early Childhood, Speech-Language Pathology, & Special Education

Cynthia Jones, Ocean Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

2004

Charles Wilson, English

2003

Sheri Reynolds, English

2002

Janet Peery, English

2001

Sushil Chaturvedi, Mechanical Engineering

Dwight Allen, Educational Curriculum & Instruction

2000

John Toomey, Music

1999

Daniel Dauer, Biological Sciences

Chris Drake, Political Science & Geography

1997

Dana Heller, English

1996

William Stanley, Engineering Technology

1995

Helen Rountree, Sociology & Criminal Justice

1994

Nancy Bazin, English

1993

Michele Darby, Dental Hygiene & Dental Assisting

1992

Gregory Selby, Mechanical Engineering

1991

Karen Polonko, Sociology & Criminal Justice

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