Professor of Religion Asher Receives Curry Award
Submitted on January 24, 2019
Dr. Jeff Asher, Professor of Religion, is the winner of the 2019 Curry Award for Faculty Excellence. It was presented during Founders’ Day Convocation by Provost Dr. Rosemary Allen, who said of Asher, “his work with students is tireless and focused on quality; he holds them to high standards, but never any higher than the standards to which he holds himself.” She described Asher as a “committed scholar with an outstanding list of published scholarship in his field and a model academic colleague.” He has been on the faculty since 2000, has led his department as chair, and has served on a variety of significant academic committees.
The Curry Award, named in honor of Dr. Ralph Curry and Dr. Gwen Curry, two long-time leaders of the Georgetown College faculty and former chairs of the English department, is intended to recognize three elements of faculty life that were important to the Currys: service to faculty, excellence in scholarship, and dedication to students. It is one of three prestigious faculty awards given annually. The others are the John Walker Manning Award presented at Opening Convocation in the fall to a faculty member who excels at mentorship to students, and the Cawthorne Award, given at spring Commencement to recognize an outstanding teacher.
“The Curry award is special,” said Provost Allen, “because it gives us an opportunity to recognize faculty who combine excellent teaching and academic research with the very important behind-the-scenes work of faculty committees and the special projects that are part of our institutional tradition of shared governance and faculty engagement.”
Founders’ Day is also a time for the induction of new Hall of Fame honorees. Established in 1993, the Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding alumni and friends whose lives bring honor to the College and who have made distinctive contributions towards the betterment of society during their lifetimes.
The 2019 honorees are Robert Doty, Ph.D., Class of 1962, and Frank and Rita Penn, Classes of 1968 and 1972 respectively. Both Dr. Doty and Mr. Penn are former Trustees as well.
Inductees receive certificates of appreciation in recognition of their many achievements and are memorialized by marble plaques placed in their honor in the Richard C. and Karen G. Ward Room of the Ensor Learning Resource Center.
This year’s inductees join an impressive group that includes, among others, physicians, attorneys, college presidents, professors, pastors and missionaries, leaders in the military and diplomatic service, business leaders, writers, federal judges, a Bible translator, a United States Senator, a former Governor of Puerto Rico, and a professional football coach.
Ann Bolton Bevins, herself a Hall of Fame member and 2007 recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Georgetown College, delivered the Founders’ Day address.
A local historian, a published author, and the recipient of numerous awards, Mrs. Bevins has long faithfully honored and preserved the rich history of the City of Georgetown and Scott County.
In her remarks appropriate to Founders’ Day, she traced the historic beginnings and challenges for the establishment of higher education in Scott County from the days of the Rittenhouse Academy to the founding of Georgetown College in 1829 to the present day nearly 200 years later. All the while she emphasized the importance and value of a strong faculty and academic excellence for building a foundation for intellectual growth, personal development, and lifelong learning.
A video of the 2019 Founders’ Day Convocation is available online. https://livestream.com/georgetowncoll/events/8530146