May 17, 2013
MIDLAND, MI – Professor Jeff Phillips was awarded the Northwood University Samuel R. Marotta Faculty Ethics Award during the morning commencement ceremony on May 11. Phillips was recognized for teaching in Northwood’s undergraduate program. The award, which was created in 2001, is presented to the faculty member who best models integrity and high ethical standards at Northwood.
The Samuel R. Marotta Faculty Ethics Award was created and funded by Northwood University alumnus Dr. Robert Grubb in honor of his stepfather. 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 include: 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.
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 2012, 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 online. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.