Associate Professor Robert Harris Receives the Samuel Marotta Faculty Ethics Award

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(L-R) President, Keith Pretty; Assoc. Prof. Robert Harris and TX Provost Dr. Kevin Fegan

(L-R) President, Keith Pretty; Assoc. Prof. Robert Harris and TX Provost Dr. Kevin Fegan

May 24, 2012

CEDAR HILL, Texas–Associate Professor Robert Harris, Division Chair of the Arts and Science Division received the Samuel Marotta Faculty Ethics Award during the graduation ceremonies on May 10 in the Ellis Davis Field House at the Jesse Owens Memorial Complex. The honor was presented to him by Keith A. Pretty, president and CEO of Northwood University and TX Provost Dr. Kevin Fegan.

The purpose of the award is to recognize faculty members who, during their time at Northwood, most challenged their students’ thinking about the kind of moral issues they may face in their careers. 

Mr. Bob Grubb, a Northwood alumnus, created and funded this award in honor of his stepfather, Sam Marotta.  It is presented on all three Northwood campuses and at the DeVos Graduate School of Management annually. 

The senior class members select the recipient of the Samuel Marotta Faculty Ethics Award, and are encouraged to consider these characteristics:

In the Classroom:

  • A natural enthusiasm towards inquiry of moral & ethical issues that stimulates students to explore and apply their own values to classroom discussions and campus community life.
  • Ability of expression about moral and ethical issues that facilitates the students’ ability to comprehend and digest these issues and their impact.
  • An ongoing effort to bring into class specific leadership examples where moral or ethical issues have altered business decisions, exploring the consequences and results to the people and the organizations involved.

In and out of the Classroom:

  • Personal character that is an example embodying the essence of the Northwood Idea and the University’s Code of Ethics.           
  • A perspective that places personal accomplishment in the larger context of community, societal and spiritual values.

The award includes a plaque which contains a poem and the sculpture entitled, “The Contract,” and a cash award of $2,000. 

Harris is a resident of Cedar Hill. He earned his B.A. degree in English and Spanish from North Texas State University and received and MLA from Southern Methodist University.