May 16, 2012
MIDLAND, MI – Professors Dr. Todd Thomas and Jeff Phillips were awarded the Northwood University Samuel R. Marotta Faculty Ethics Award during commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12. Thomas was recognized for teaching in the DeVos Graduate School of Management while Phillips was recognized for teaching in Northwood’s undergraduate program. The award, which was created in 2001, is intended for a faculty member who best models integrity and high ethical standards.
The objective of the award is to encourage professors to discuss moral and ethical issues faced by business people, the response to these issues and the resulting impact the decisions have on the organization and the people involved. It is believed that Northwood students exposed to this type of learning will become more aware and better prepared to respond to moral and ethical issues within the context of their personal and corporate value systems. Their resulting strength of character will set them apart from other graduates.
The Samuel R. Marotta Faculty Ethics Award was created and funded by Northwood University alumnus Dr. Robert Grubb in honor of his step-father. The purpose of this 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 and how they might respond. The senior class students vote for the faculty person they believe most clearly personifies these criteria.
The award includes a $2,000 stipend and a plaque which is presented to the full-time faculty member who best demonstrates established criteria. Characteristics to be considered are: a natural enthusiasm toward inquiry of moral and ethical issues; an ongoing effort to bring into class specific leadership examples where moral or ethical issues have altered business decisions; personal character that is an example symbolizing the spirit of the Northwood Idea and its Code of Ethics; and a perspective that places personal accomplishment in the larger context of community, societal and spiritual values.
Thomas earned his Ph.D. in human communication from Indiana University, an M.S. degree in educational psychology from Indiana University, an M.A. in interpersonal communication from Auburn University and a B.A. in communication and theatre arts from Morehead State University.
Phillips is a professor of English and humanities. He earned both his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Central Michigan University. Phillips last received the Samuel R. Marotta Faculty Ethics Award in 2011 and 2009.
Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.
Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day and evening programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.