Three FMU professors recognized for teaching, research, service

Florence, SC - From Francis Marion University:

FLORENCE,SC – Three Francis Marion University faculty members were honored for outstanding individual work during the past year at a faculty recognition banquet on April 22.

J. Mark Blackwell of Myrtle Beach was given the Award of Excellence in Teaching; Jon Tuttle of Florence was presented the Award for Excellence in Service; and Tammy Pawloski of Florence received the Award for Excellence in Research. Each award carries a cash prize.

"For 40 years, Francis Marion's professors have exemplified the very highest standards in teaching, scholarship and service," said FMU President Fred Carter. "The efforts of Mark, Jon and Tammy continue this tradition and highlight the extraordinary capabilities of the finest collegiate faculty in the state. I am very proud of them and their accomplishments."

Blackwell joined the FMU faculty as a part-time instructor of philosophy and religious studies in 2000. The following year, he was named assistant professor of religious studies. In 2009, he was promoted to associate professor. Blackwell has taught courses about the Old Testament, New Testament, Muslim Experience and the Christian Philosophy in the Middle Ages.

In 2005, Blackwell was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society designed to recognize and cultivate scholarly distinction in students and faculty. He has taught at least one Honors Program course per academic year.

He earned the B.A. degree in English from George Mason University, the Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and earned the Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield (England).

Tuttle joined the FMU faculty in 1990 where he specializes in dramatic and modern literature.  A former head of the FMU Honors Program, Tuttle is playwright-in-residence and literary manager at Trustus Theatre in Columbia.   Tuttle's plays have won national and regional awards and received almost 100 productions and staged readings in 25 states.

His plays include—Holy Ghost, which premiered at Trustus in August 2005; The White Problem, which was commissioned by and premiered at the University of South Carolina before moving to the 2001 Piccolo Spoleto Festival; Drift, winner of the 1998 S.C. Playwrights' Festival Award and 2003 silver medalist in the Pinter Review international competition; The Hammerstone, winner of the 1994 S.C. Playwrights' Festival Award and scheduled for production at FMU in 2006; Terminal Café, winner of the S.C. New Voices' Award; Sonata for Armadillos, which has been produced several times off-Broadway and more than 30 times around the country; and A Fish Story, a finalist in the 1993 Interplay International Play Festival competition.

Tuttle also has published numerous articles, made many academic presentations, conducted writers' workshops and served as adjudicator for various playwriting and fellowship competitions.  He is a member of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Alpha Psi Omega Dramatic Fraternity. Tuttle earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications from the University of Utah, and master's and doctoral degrees in English from the University of New Mexico, where he also taught.  He also earned a certificate in modern British literature and culture from Edinburgh University in Scotland.

Pawloski joined the faculty in 2000 as an associate professor of education. She is currently a professor of early childhood education and director of the Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty at FMU. She attended school in the impoverished areas of rural Horry and Allendale counties of South Carolina and after earning the bachelor's degree in early childhood education from the University of South Carolina (Aiken), she returned to those same rural areas to teach kindergarten and primary grades.

Pawloski holds an M.Ed., Ed.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Prior to coming to FMU, she served on the faculties of the University of South Carolina and Ventura College and Pepperdine University in Southern California. Her research interests include family partnerships with education, curriculum design and developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood education.

Pawloski has published numerous articles, made many academic presentations and received countless honors for her work to increase the teaching effectiveness with children of poverty.

Glen Gourley Jr., professor of theatre and speech, was presented the Shared Governance Award, sponsored by the FMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. This award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates commitment to the principles of shared governance between the faculty, administration and the board of trustees.  A native of Sweetwater, Tenn., he has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1985. He was appointed to the Peter D. Hyman Chair in Art in 2007 and selected the J. Lorin Mason Distinguished Professor for the 2007-08 academic year. He earned an associate's degree from Hiwassee College, a bachelor's degree in theatre from the University of Montevallo and a master's in fine arts from the University of Mississippi.