Hodges University Names the 2016 Professor and Employee of the Year
On December 2, Hodges University hosted its annual holiday party at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center in Bonita Springs. Dr. Donald Wortham, Hodges University president, and Carol Morrison, senior vice president of student and academic services, presided over this year’s luncheon, presenting 10-year employees with specialized pins and recognizing the 2016 Professor of the Year and Employee of the Year.
The Professor of the Year was presented to Dr. Megan Shoff, who serves as the vice chair and associate professor of biomedical sciences in the School of Allied Health. The award is presented annually to a faculty member who exhibits excellence in teaching, scholarship and professional service. Joining Hodges in 2012 as an assistant professor, she was promoted to her current position in 2015. During her time at Hodges, Shoff helped to redesign the biomedical sciences program in an effort to appeal to a wider array of students. Keeping her classes student-centered, she provides hands-on learning experiences in an attempt to inspire and engage students on another level.
The Employee of the Year was presented to Riva Wharton, librarian in Hodges’ Terry P. McMahan Library. The award is designed to recognize and honor an employee who has exhibited a distinguished level of commitment, initiative and service in meeting his/her job responsibilities and removing barriers for the institution and its students. Wharton, who is an alumna of the university’s interdisciplinary studies program, joined Hodges in 2005, and she has remained dedicated to providing students and faculty the support and assistance needed to succeed at Hodges.
Dr. Megan Shoff Riva Wharton