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Faculty Recognition

Biology department faculty members have received numerous awards and recognition.  

There are several annual Belmont University awards available to faculty that encourage active engagement in scholarship, teaching and learning. 

Chaney Distinguished Professor Award 
To encourage the development of instructional skills, each year the Chaney Distinguished Professor Award is presented to Belmont’s outstanding teacher for that year.

Presidential Faculty Achievement Award
The Presidential Faculty Achievement Award is presented annually to the faculty member chosen as the outstanding example of service to students in and out of the classroom.

Scholarship Award
To encourage participation in scholarship as a way to enhance the educational experience for both faculty and students, each year the Scholarship Award is presented to the faculty member who exhibits outstanding scholarship in the areas of discovery, integration, application, or teaching.

In addition to Belmont University awards, our faculty have been recognized off campus for their contributions to the field of Biology.  Below are our recognized faculty and their awards.

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Dr. Robert Grammer
  • Received the Chaney Distinguished Professor Award for 2001-2002



Dr. Matthew Heard
  • Received the Association of Southeastern Biologists Senior Research Award in 2013
  • Received the Baruch Foundation - Harry M. Lightsey, Jr. Award in 2014
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Dr. Steve Murphree
  • Received the Presidential Faculty Achievement Award for 2000-2001
  • Received the Tennessee Science Teachers Association Higher Education Science Educator of the Year Award in 2013
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Dr. Darlene Panvini
  • Recognized in the Gallery of Distinguished Alumni at Gardner Webb University in 2016
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Dr. Jennifer Thomas
  • Received the Chaney Distinguished Professor Award for 2010-2011