Champlain College Honors Staff and Faculty

Dr. Nancy Kerr and Margo Bartsch

On behalf of President David F. Finney and the Board of Trustees, Champlain College is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship Award, the Francine Page Excellence in Teaching Award and the Elizabeth A. Durick Staff Service Award. Media Communication Program Director Dr. Nancy Kerr, Marketing adjunct Margo Bartsch, and Associate Director of Public Safety Carl Riden were each recognized for these awards at the annual faculty and staff recognition dinner in May after being nominated by their colleagues for their respective awards. 

The Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship is awarded to a senior faculty member of the College community who has shown dedication to students and Champlain College through a record of service and excellence in teaching and advising and through work on faculty and College committees.

Dr. Nancy Kerr and President David FinneyThis year, the recipient of the Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship award was Dr. Nancy Kerr, of Shelburne, Vt., for her demonstrated commitment to the College and the community at large. Kerr not only epitomizes the award's criteria, but does so with total commitment and pure joy. Her deep engagement in both the Champlain College community and in her professional field of communications is meaningful and has earned her the respect of her colleagues, as she helps to maintain a positive culture among everyone on campus. Students praise her, and her relationships with them extend long after graduation.

In her commitment to the student body, Kerr single-handedly advises about 90 students each semester and serves as the internship coordinator for various programs, resulting in roughly 80 internship placements each year. Students feel individually catered to, and Kerr expects an equal level of effort and enthusiasm back from them. Her goal is to have students engaged and committed to learning, which keeps her continually working to revise courses and stay current in her field.

Besides her dedication to students and faculty committees, such as faculty senate and the faculty development committee, the professional community also seeks her out. The College and community trust her judgment and she has served on numerous dean and faculty search committees, having chaired a number of them, and annually is the Coordinator and Lead Judge for the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Awards.

The Francine Page Excellence in Teaching Award bears the name of an adjunct faculty member of the College community who has shown dedication to students and to the mission of Champlain College through a demonstration of excellence in teaching. Further, a person who has demonstrated a commitment to striving for excellence both in content expertise and pedagogically sound teaching and learning practices.

Marketing instructors Margo Bartsch and Bill WheelerThe 2014 Francine Page Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to marketing adjunct Margo Bartsch of Shelburne, Vt., for exemplifying these qualities. Champlain prides itself on having instructors with years of experience in their field, and Bartsch is no exception, bringing incredible knowledge and practical application to the classroom.

For years, students have shared their admiration for Bartsch for her hands-on learning style. Relevant case-studies, trade articles, and other media are shared and discussed in every class, and the chapter decks this instructor spends a great deal of time making each week help students grasp the most important parts of marketing and advertising.

In each of Bartsch's evolving courses, students participate in semester-long group projects that involve topics spanning from global current events to helping local small businesses brand themselves. Clients, consultants, and judges she calls in for the final presentations have all been impressed with not only the portfolio-ready student work, but also her dedication to the students and thorough grading and feedback. In recent years, she has brought representatives from, Fiddlehead Brewery, Shelburne Farms, and Folino's Pizza, among others, into her various courses for semester-long projects.

Bartsch is a demanding instructor, expecting her students to go above and beyond. Most of her classes, from 100-level marketing to 400-level Integrated Marketing Communications, expect committed students to show up Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:00 a.m. And these students keep coming back for more!

After a beloved alumna from the marketing program passed away last year, Bartsch was dedicated to raising scholarship funds and planning various events in her honor. Her passion and commitment this year to the Sarah Ramsey '12 Strong Fund has been inspiring and has truly demonstrated the personal relationships she has made with her students, past and present.

The Elizabeth A. Durick Staff Service Award was established in 1996 and is intended to recognize a member of the staff who has had a positive impact on the College community. This annual award is named in honor of the late Elizabeth Durick, who was an exemplary staff member and who also served on the College's Board of Trustees.

The 2014 recipient of the Durick Staff Service Award is associate director of Campus Public Safety, Carl Riden, for his positive influence on the College through professionalism, dedication, and flexibility in the accomplishment of his responsibilities. He also displays a high level of initiative and a helpful attitude toward all staff, faculty, and students.

Although Riden is described as quiet and behind the scenes, even somewhat mysterious to the entire Champlain community after 10 years of working at the College, he displays an unwavering commitment to the College community. He is always responsive, patient, and helpful on the other end of an email or phone call.

Riden's thoughtful campus-wide emails regarding campus transportation, parking regulation changes, and commuter traffic alerts, have built a fan-base and a real active audience. They always include jokes, memes, and photos and have the uncanny ability to make stressed-out students, staff and faculty all laugh. 

Riden has witnessed a great deal of change in the last 10 years and has been an integral part of the College's master plan. He is well-deserving of this honor.

Past recipients of these awards include:

Dr. Colin Ducolon was selected as the first recipient of the Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship in 1984, and since, Champlain College has honored Eadie Templin, Ann McCluskey, Walt Luchini, Michelle Miller, George Bradford, Alan Stracke, David Mona, Joe O'Grady, Gary Scudder, Janice Gohm Webster, Susyn Dees, James Fry, David Lustgarten, Laurel Bongiorno, and Kathy Leo-Nyquist.

Four years ago, the inaugural recipient of the Francine Page Excellence in Teaching Award was Bill Wheeler, and since, the College has honored Michael Miceli and Susan Terry.

The Elizabeth A. Durick Staff Service Award offers the opportunity to recognize some of Champlain's "unsung heroes." Pat Boera was selected as the first recipient, followed by Mike Charron, Jo Corrow, Katie Hawley, Diana Eide, Tammy Miller, Elaine Strunk, Thomas Bonnette, Roland Palmer, Colleen Long, Kyle Dodson, and Physical Plant's HVAC Technician, Robert Bolin.

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit