Dr. Stephen Prilliman
Outstanding Faculty Award
Petree College of Arts and Sciences
Stephen Prilliman is an associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Chemistry. He joined the OCU faculty in 2009 and teaches General Chemistry, General Chemistry Lab and Inorganic Chemistry. Prior to coming to OCU he taught Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry at Harding Charter Preparatory, a school he helped launch in 2003.
Teaching high school first challenged Prilliman’s assumptions about education and while there began experimenting with new methods of teaching. In 2005 he first began using a method known as POGIL − Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning. In a POGIL classroom students work in small groups on specially designed activities that introduce them to new concepts. Students learn not only the material but also skills such as working in a team, analyzing data and commutation. POGIL forces students to be engaged in learning and understanding rather than passively listening to lecture. Prilliman’s classes are now almost entirely POGIL-based and lecture free. For his use of POGIL in the classroom Prilliman was recognized in 2013 with the Excellence in Teaching Award for Full-Time Faculty by OCU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
With colleagues Dr. John Nail and Dr. David Engebretson, Prilliman helped design and prepare for the recent renovation of the university’s chemistry labs, a $2.2 million construction covering 7400 square feet in the Dawson-Loeffler Center. The labs were opened to students this past October.
Prilliman’s research is in the development and use of innovative strategies and assessments for learning in chemistry. In collaboration with many undergraduate research assistants over the years Prilliman has sought to develop new experiments for teaching chemistry at the high school and college level. While at OCU Prilliman has published two peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Chemical Education and was part of the authorship team for a new lab manual for the revised AP Chemistry curriculum. The lab manual was the subject of an invited talk he gave at this spring’s American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego.
As a consultant for the College Board Prilliman conducts one-day and four-day workshops for AP Chemistry teachers and he reviews syllabi for the College Board’s AP Chemistry audit process. In 2014 he was a member of the panel that determined the cut-off scores for the revised AP Chemistry exam.
Prilliman received his B.A. cum laude in Chemistry from Rice University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He was raised in Oklahoma City and is a graduate of Northwest Classen High School. He and his wife Jennifer live in Oklahoma City where they are raising their two active and infinitely curious young children.
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.
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.
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
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.
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