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Distinguished Full Professors

The Distinguished Full Professor Award recognizes faculty members who have achieved the rank of Professor and who continue to perform in an exemplary manner through service, scholarship, innovation, leadership, and other professorial achievements. It is intended both to recognize those professors whom faculty should emulate and to reward professors who show outstanding leadership at the college. The award was first given in 2011.

2014 Distinguished Full Professors

 Jon LundquistDavid Busch, Distinguished Full Professor

Jon Lundquist (left) and David Busch (right) were named Distinguished Full Professors for their years of innovative and inspiring service.  

David R. Busch, Professor of Construction Management

Whether its building a spinning game show wheel for the Ohio State Fair, working on Habitat for Humanity, building Christmas toys for the needy, or literally putting his students in the dog house, David Busch doesn’t rest on his laurels as a long-time full professor at Columbus State.  Busch, who teaches in Construction Management and coordinates the program’s Advisory Board meetings, has served on his division’s Promotion, Tenure and Review committee for three years, and also serves on the Automotive Technology review committee as an outside faculty member.
To promote the Construction program at last year’s Ohio State Fair, David and his colleagues constructed a giant Wheel of Fortune with fun facts and questions about construction sciences.  Fairgoers could take their turn spinning the wheel, answering the questions and winning prizes that promoted Columbus State.  David also volunteers his time with Habitat for Humanity, and handcrafts hundreds of toys each holiday season for children that might otherwise receive none. His teaching methods are full of creativity, as well as a healthy dose of charity.  Students in his Residential Construction class build dog houses as sturdy as real houses, then donate them to the Delaware County Humane Society.  Students in his Capstone class designed new barracks for the Columbus Police’s Mounted Division.  And David travels around the state documenting and photographing the steel fabrication process, the lumber sawing process, and more—in order to add a little something extra to his classroom presentations.

Jon Lundquist, Professor of Integrated Media and Technology

Fifteen years ago, Jon Lundquist was asked to create two new digital media classes for the new Multimedia Production Technology.  He wasn’t sure that being a college professor was in his future, but since that time, the Interactive Media program has grown to three full majors and more than 600 students enrolled. Jon looks outside the traditional classroom to find opportunities for his students. He has worked with the OSU Student Medical Center to have his students develop interactive medical games that replaced printed brochures. His students have helped more than 50 different non-profit agencies to create websites, videos, logos and more.  Many of those projects lead his students into internships and fulltime jobs, as well as promote the program and the college in the community.  He judges the Columbus International Film and Video Festival each year, and also judged more than 100 applications to the TECH Columbus 1492 project.  He enjoys judging media arts projects for the Business Professional Association at Tolles and Eastland Career Centers. Over the past three years, Jon has served as Lead Faculty Expert in Visual Design and Imaging for the Ohio Board of Regents, conducting research and data gathering to build future initiatives for technical education in Ohio. Jon was also instrumental in creating the Downtown Digital Arts Festival, now in its ninth year.  And finally, Jon has collaborated with the Computer Science Department to integrate programming skills into the Interactive Media curriculum, further improving his students’ prospects in their careers.

+2013 Distinguished Full Professors

Jeff Bates Kelly Hogan

Brenda Johnson

Darell Monor

Stev O'neal


Posing with Dr. Harrison are Jeff Bates,Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Science, Safety and Health; Kelly Hogan, Professor of Developmental Education; Brenda Johnson, Ph.D., Professor of Veterinary Technology; Steven O’neal, Professor of Landscape Design and Build; and Darrell Minor, Professor of Mathematics.

Dr. Jeff Bates started the Environmental Science, Safety, and Health Program from scratch and now he advises more than 100 students in this field. It seems like hardly a week goes by where we do not read about a chemical spill, hazardous dumping, or contaminated water. We have Dr. Bates to thank for his role in protecting our environment by educating students, community members, and providing environmental training for various companies.

In addition to his practitioner work, he is also a scholar in his field, making presentations at professional conferences and recently completing his Ph.D. in geology. The Ohio Water Environment Association awarded Dr. Bates the Crystal Crucible Award for his service in organizing and hosting their annual conference for many years.

 He also gives back to the community by giving science presentations at schools, judging and mentoring teams for school competitions such as Future Cities Ohio Regional, training citizens in the FEMA Disaster Preparedness Program, and coordinating stream cleanup events.

Professor Kelly Hogan has been teaching developmental mathematics for almost 20 years. Her in-depth knowledge of the students and their needs, along with her research into new ways of delivering developmental mathematics, has put the College in the forefront of acceleration and success for students placing into pre-college courses.

 Kelly organized and led a team of faculty from both the Developmental Education Department and the Mathematics department in creating a computer-based, modularized, self-paced course that started as a pilot three years ago and is now DEV 1099, a large offering at Columbus State. Additionally, Kelly has strengthened our K-12 connections by offering the course as “College Prep Math,”   which is taken by students at 7 area high schools, reducing the likelihood that these students will need remediation in college.

In addition to this signature achievement, Kelly has been a Lead Instructor in the department, active on many College committees, a volunteer in the community, and is nearing completion of her Ph.D.

Dr. Brenda Johnson has been Coordinator for the Veterinary Technology Program for fifteen years. During this time, she helped develop the first successful evening veterinary program and developed a dual program with OSU.

Dr. Johnson also works at the Whitehall Animal Hospital and she believes this experience helps her to “keep it real” in the classroom.

Dr. Johnson is proud of her involvement in the planning and design of the veterinary technology facility. The American Veterinary Medical Association was so impressed with the facility that they asked her to serve as a mentor.

Not only does she care about animals, she cares about her students. One student wrote that through Dr. Johnson’s encouragement, she decided not to drop out and she went on to graduate.

In his 25 years at Columbus State, Professor Steven O’Neal has built the Landscape Design and Management Program from the ground up. He researched the viability of a program in the late 80s, designed a full curriculum, and worked with the Board of Regents to make it a reality.

Steve is active in the industry, serving on the Ohio Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Professional Landcare Network, known as PLANET. With the fundraising of our strong student organization, the Columbus State Landscape Association, we have sent a team of students to the PLANET National Collegiate Landscape Competition 18 times, where they have placed in the top 10 schools—both two-year and four-year—in 15 of the 18 trips. In March 2004, Columbus State served as host of the Student Career Days, and over the course of four days, more than 1,000 students from 54 colleges competed in 25 landscape events on our campus, at Franklin Park and Conservatory, and at the Convention Center. Steve had worked for more than four years to coordinate that massive event. Today, our Columbus State program is one of only 24 industry-accredited programs out of over 400 in the nation.

 In addition to creating a nationally recognized program, Steve has assisted in the development of “Helping Hands in the Garden,” an organization that assists cancer victims with their gardens while in treatment.

Professor Darrell Minor has served six years as CSEA President. He has also served on the negotiating team for three contracts. Under Darrell’s leadership we have seen the union grow and become less confrontational and more collegial with college administration. We are all very thankful for this.

That is the obvious stuff. However, as the selection committee reviewed Darrell’s documents, we found he had participated in many other activities. He has published three articles in professional journals. One article, The effect of “Right to Work” laws on key standards of living, has been cited in numerous venues, including the senate journal of the State of Michigan.

In the classroom Darrell likes to remain current on technology. In collaboration with another colleague, he piloted a course which used free courseware documents so that students did not have to purchase a book.

See video from the awards ceremony:

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+2012 Distinguished Full Professors

Bob FitrakisTom HabeggerJames Taylor

2012 winners are Robert Fitrakis, Ph.D., J.D., Professor of Social Sciences; posing with Dr. Harrison are Thomas Habegger, Ph.D., Professor of Sport and Exercise Studies; and James Taylor, CEC,Professor of Hospitality Management. Not pictured is Gerald Mueller, Professor of Mathematics.

The Selection Committee felt that Robert Fritakis’ dedication to teaching, his scholarly work, community service, public speaking, activism, love of politics, and boundless energy all combined to merit the Distinguished Full Professor Award.  As a senior faculty member in the Social Sciences Department, Dr. Fitrakis maintains a strong academic and intellectually oriented community, and he serves on many college committees and councils.  In 2004, he earned a J.D. from the Ohio State University College of Law, and while a professor, he has written 11 books, presented 26 conference papers, and won 11 awards for reporting as an investigative journalist, among hundreds of other scholarly activities.  As one supporter wrote: “If you Google Bob Fitrakis, you will find that his work is cited by hundreds of scholars and journalists worldwide!”   Dr. Fitrakis’ extraordinary range of accomplishments and his dedication to the advancement of his students and the well-being of the community make him worthy of this award.

The Distinguished Full Professor Award Committee felt that Dr. Habegger’s attitude and commitment to inclusion in the Sport & Exercise Studies program supported the development, confidence and determination of a multitude of students across age, gender, ethnic background and socio-economic barriers.  He prides himself in being able to support and advocate for his students from their initial enrollment, through the celebration of their induction into the Sport and Exercise Studies Hall of Fame after years of career and personal success.  Dr. Habegger’s commitment to the community is evidenced by his 20-year participation with the Spina Bifida Summer Sports Camp for children. Many of those children have gone on to attend and graduate from Columbus State’s degree program, earn advanced degrees, and even return to the camp as counselors.  Tom Habegger’s unique mentoring style earns the utmost respect from his colleagues, his students, and the host of successful alumni and community members he has helped along the way. 

The Distinguished Full Professor Award Committee felt that James Taylor, Certified Executive Chef, impressed upon us his deep commitment and devotion to his culinary students.  He works tirelessly advising new students and working on his students’ chef apprenticeships. He is very proud of their achievements long after their graduation.  Jim’s commitment to preparing students for culinary team competitions,and college activities such as Taste the Future, In-Service Day, Foundation events and much more—is quite commendable. He is also extremely active in the American Culinary Federation, the ACF Columbus Chapter, in which he has been both President and Chairman of the Board, and the American Academy of Chefs.  

Since becoming a full professor in 1998, Gerald Mueller has devoted himself to curriculum development and governance, at the program level, the college level, and the state level. To ensure student success and attainment, he developed a University Parallel Committee that helped to identify requirements for pre-majors in the Arts and Sciences.  With this work, begun in 1996, through his work with Board of Regents Transfer Assurance Guide panels, the Ohio State Preferred Pathway Program, and the statewide semester conversion effort, Jerry Mueller’s expertise and willingness to serve in the articulation, transfer, and college readiness areas has had an enormous impact on the students of Ohio.

+2011 Distinguished Full Professors

Steve AbbotJackie MillerGreg Goodhart

Posing with Dr. Harrison are Steve Abbott, Emeritus Professor of English; Jackie Miller, Professor of Nursing; and Greg Goodhart, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics.

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Learn from past DFP winners

View panel discussion with 2011 and 2012 winners