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Bethany professor named finalist for award

December 21, 2013
From staff reports , Weirton Daily Times

BETHANY - Lisa Reilly, The Goulding-Woolery Professor in Chemistry and associate professor of chemistry at Bethany College, has been announced as one of five finalists for The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia 2013 Professor of the Year.

This is the third time in five years a Bethany professor has been considered for the honor. Biology professors John Burns and Albert "Jay" R. Buckelew were finalists in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

"We are pleased that the Faculty Merit Foundation has again recognized the outstanding talent on our Bethany College faculty," said Scott D. Miller, Bethany College president. "Dr. Reilly embodies Bethany's philosophy of outstanding teaching, advising and service to community. She devotes her full energy - inside and outside of the classroom - to enhancing the learning environment for our students."

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Lisa Reilly, associate professor of chemistry at Bethany College, is a finalist for The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia 2013 Professor of the Year. The winner, who will be announced in March, will receive $10,000. -- Contributed

Reilly has served on the Bethany faculty since 2008 and is currently chair of the Department of Physical Science. She earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Mercyhurst College and a doctorate in analytical chemistry from Oklahoma State University.

In 2012 she received Bethany's President's Award for Excellence in Performance. She serves on a variety of campus committees and serves as advisor to the Student Government Association, Alpha Xi Delta sorority and the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honors Society.

The finalists and recipient of the 2013 Professor of the Year will be announced at a banquet in Charleston on March 11. The Professor of the Year will receive a $10,000 award.

The Faculty Merit Foundation was created in 1984 to provide a means to recognize and reward innovation and creativity among the faculties of West Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. Through the Professor of the Year program, the outstanding achievements of those individuals are brought to the attention of the general public.

The primary step in the selection process is the request for nominations, which must include comprehensive and specific information about each nominee. The Foundation board selects Professor of the Year finalists based on the written information presented and on interviews with candidates.

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