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2015 Outstanding Faculty Award

D. Lance Marsh
Outstanding Faculty AwardD. Lance Marsh
School of Theatre

Professor of theatre Lance Marsh was chosen by his peers to receive the Oklahoma City University 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award, the university’s highest teaching honor. As a faculty member in the School of Theatre, he teaches many of the upper-division acting courses including Chekhov, Shakespeare, Greek Tragedy, Audition Techniques, and Comedy. Professor Marsh just completed his ninth year at TheatreOCU where he serves as artistic director and head of performance. Professor Marsh just completed his ninth year at TheatreOCU where he serves where he serves as artistic director and head of performance. He directed Cosi, which was a Region VI finalist in the Kennedy Center of American College Theatre Festival, and was nominated to go to the Kennedy Center. He has also directed Man and Superman, Twelfth Night, Pride and Prejudice, The Importance of Being Earnest, Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, Hamlet, Dancing at Luchnasa, The Trojan Women, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, The Merchant of Venice,and The House of Atreus. TheatreOCU also produced his adaptation of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol recently.

Professor Marsh also serves as the associate artistic director for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park where he directed Misalliance, acted in Hamlet in 2009, directed A Comedy of Errors in 2010, The Seagull in 2011, Othello in 2012, Measure for Measure in 2013 and Macbeth this summer. He recently acted in the Oklahoma City Theatre Company production of A Streetcar Named Desire as Mitch and as Mark Rothko in Red at Oklahoma City Rep. Before coming to Oklahoma City University, Professor Marsh taught at the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Arizona, as well as at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County.

He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre (Acting) from Stephens College and a Master of Fine Arts in acting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a founding company member of the Central Works Theatre Ensemble in California, and the founding artistic director of the Summerset Theatre in Wisconsin.

Before teaching, Professor spent over fifteen years as a professional actor, primarily performing in classical plays. He has appeared at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Western Stage, the California Shakespeare Festival, the Okoboji Summer Theatre, Next Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, the Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival, the Milwaukee Shakespeare Company, the Texas Shakespeare Festival, the Arizona Repertory Theatre, and was a company member for five years at American Players Theatre. A proud member of Actors Equity and an Associate Artist at Oklahoma City Rep, he has recently performed in the City Rep productions of Our Town, Hay Fever, Moonlight and Magnolias,and August: Osage County. He will appear this coming season in Much Ado About Nothing. He has directed professionally in California, Missouri, Iowa, Arizona and Wisconsin and directed The Glass Menagerie for City Rep a few years ago.

About the Faculty Awards

Outstanding Faculty Award

Each year, the Outstanding Faculty Award Committee calls on the student body, staff, and faculty for nominations of faculty members whose teaching, scholarship, and service to the university and professional community are deemed to be exemplary. It celebrates outstanding performance in all areas of academic pursuit and acknowledges special achievement in the endeavor of teaching. The past five winners of the Outstanding Faculty Award comprise the current selection committee.

Over the last few years, recipients have received news of their award in the form of a surprise classroom visit by the award committee, along with President Robert Henry and Provost Susan Barber. The award recipient receives a stipend and recognition at undergraduate commencement, and an invitation is extended to the recipient to deliver the commencement address at graduate commencement.

CETL Awards

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning recognizes OCU faculty members' outstanding achievements in specific areas of academic work. The Center has developed five awards which are presented at a luncheon each spring.

Award Nomination Process

Nominations for the Outstanding Faculty Award must be received by the Outstanding Faculty Award Selection Committee no later than December 1.
Revised Protocol for Award Selection

CETL award nominations must be received no later than January 25.
CETL Faculty Award Nomination Information

History of Awards

Teaching awards have been presented to OCU faculty since 1988. The Fred Jones Foundation funded the awards from 1988 to 1990, and the Sears Roebuck Foundation funded awards in 1990 and 1991. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church expressed support and appreciation of teaching at OCU through their Exemplary Teacher Awards from 1992 through 2002, and continued support in conjunction with the Outstanding Faculty Award from 2003 to the present.

2014 Dr. David Steffens

Exemplary Teacher Award
2002 Lloyd Musselman
2001 Denise Burton
2000 Melanie Shelley
1999 Randy Kluver
1998 Amy Oden
1997 Billie McElroy
1996 Jo Rowan
1995 Hossein Shafa
1994 Donna Dykes
1993 Dennis Jowaisas
1992 Susan Barber

Fred Jones Excellence in Teaching Award
1990 Dennis Arrow
1989 Fred Ramos
1989 Sandy Martin
1988 Klaus Rossberg
1988 Cathy Kass

Sears Roebuck Foundation Award
1991 Larry Cobb
1990 Lloyd Musselman