Each year the Saint Anselm College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors presents the Distinguished Faculty Award at graduation. It recognizes excellence in teaching and scholarship, contributions to the academic community through active and positive relations with colleagues and students, and an involved concern for humanity.

A quiet leader, the faculty member we are recognizing today received a PhD from Cornell University and lectured there for two years before joining the faculty at Saint Anselm College. Once here, our honoree advanced quickly through the ranks from assistant to associate to full professor in just 13 years.

Since that time, this scholar has maintained an active, and evolving, research agenda and has guided dozens of student research projects.

This professor’s service to students extends beyond involving them in research, and teaching them. He established a chapter of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society on our campus to recognize them.

An excellent and dedicated teacher, whose courses are challenging but fair, this educator offers a variety of small upper level classes to departmental majors, in addition to teaching large lecture classes, patiently explaining details of physiology and bringing a steady approach to hundreds of nursing students. He is known for spending long hours in the lab with any student who seeks extra review time. He also enjoys a solid working relationship with, and is greatly respected by, the Biology laboratory staff.

This academic has a distinguished record of service to both the Biology Department and the college. He regularly volunteers to cover year-long, lower-level courses to help the department, sacrificing the upper level courses closer to his personal interest.

This servant to the discipline has continued to write grants, attend workshops, and present at conferences. He has directed the department’s majors, acted as department chair, served on faculty senate, and led search committees. He does not fear labor-intensive committees like Pre-tenure review and Rank and tenure. He is willing to engage in the difficult task of creating and maintaining a high-quality faculty.

He quietly steers a number of important initiatives for his department--from maintaining the catalog to building statistical assessments to guide curricular decisions. Again, doing the hard work that underlies good decision making.

He is a phenomenal colleague as well as a congenial, service-oriented member of his department. He has served as a mentor and role model for many. As a mentor he is calm, level headed, always supportive and generous with his time. He is one of those quiet and unassuming colleagues that can always be counted upon to be helpful, professional, and wise. Many have learned much by his example and benefited greatly from his advice. His quiet leadership has changed many lives for the better.

Today, I am honored to present the 2017 AAUP Award for Excellence, in Faculty Accomplishment to Professor Don Rhodes.