President Robert Henry, Provost Susan Barber, and members of the 2013 Outstanding Faculty Award committee interrupted Dr. Edward Knight as he was beginning his noon composition class to announce that Dr. Knight had earned Oklahoma City University’s highest teaching honor: the Outstanding Faculty Award. Upon hearing the announcement, the class erupted into applause and cheers.
Dr. Knight is composer-in-residence and director of music composition at Oklahoma City University. Upon his arrival at the Bass School of Music in 1997, he founded OCU’s Project 21: Music for the 21st Century, whose student-composers have created and premiered more than 800 original works. His music has been performed on five continents by groups ranging from high school pep bands to the New York Philharmonic, in venues including the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall. Over the past 16 years, he has premiered 57 works and collaborated with OCU ensembles to create music for university events including Night of the Comets (for the 50th anniversary of OCU’s Opera and Music Theater Company); Cradle of Dreams (for OCU’s centennial celebration); To the Stars (for the opening of the Bass Music Center); and The Golden Spike (for the OCU Symphony Orchestra’s historic tour of China).
He is a voting member of The Recording Academy, which selects the Grammy Awards; has been awarded fellowships to the Yaddo, MacDowell, Ucross, Brush Creek, and Djerassi colonies. He was Oklahoma Musician of the Year in 2002, and is winner of an Aaron Copland Award, the American Art Song Competition and ASCAP's Rudolf Nissim Award for Best New Orchestral Work. His music is featured on five commercial recordings, including a solo CD from Albany Records: Where The Sunsets Bleed: Chamber Music of Edward Knight, and has been honored by the Bergen Festival's Morton Gould Memorial and Vienna Modern Masters. His works are published exclusively by Subito Music, Inc.
Congratulations, Dr. Knight! You have mentored, inspired, and shared your talent with a grateful OCU community.
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.
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.
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