Fourteen Kent State University faculty members recently received $10,000 a year pay raises.

KSU President Beverly Warren presented the 14 professors with the President’s Faculty Excellence Award, which recognizes exceptional performance that leads to the achievement of national or international recognition.

The honors were based on the recipients’ research, teaching or service to the university. The salary increases are permanent.

“This awards program is an important part of the university’s vision to recognize the outstanding faculty work that contributes to the national distinction of our academic programs,” Warren said in a news release.

She said this year’s honorees demonstrated the faculty members’ inspiring records, and the awards program also represents an investment in the university’s vision and aspirations.

Tenured and tenure-track faculty members in all disciplines and from all campuses were eligible based on recommendations to department chairs and deans.

A total of 110 nominations and self-nominations were received. The recommendations were reviewed by the department chairs and deans of their respective colleges who forwarded all the names as well as their own recommendations. Ultimately, Provost Todd Diacon said, the final selections were made by the president and himself. They decided on 14 (seven men and seven women).

Diacon said the President’s Faculty Excellence Award was created in 2015 under the American Association of University Professors-KSU collective bargaining agreement. The university will award honors from a $400,000 pool from the central administration’s budget in the form of special salary adjustments over a three-year period.

“We bargained with our tenured track professors’ labor union to include some sort of recognition for those who have achieved the highest levels of national and international success,” Diacon said. “We have an existing merit pay program in place largely driven by departmental and college priorities. This is in addition to that.”

The president’s decision to award each of the 14 faculty members a $10,000 salary increase came after a discussion with all the college deans who collectively said the awards needed to be large enough to be meaningful, but yet not so big that only five or six people would get them.

Diacon said that amount could change next year as well as the number of recipients. He said the recipients were not limited to the main campus and included faculty from all seven regional campuses.

The 2016 President’s Faculty Excellence Award recipients are:

•?Kim R. Finer, Department of KSU Stark Biological Sciences professor.

•?Leslie Heaphy, Honors Program coordinator and KSU Stark History Department associate professor.

•?Mietek Jaroniec, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry professor.

•?Nadia Greenhaigh-Stanley, Economics Department associate professor.

•?Declan Keane, Physics Department professor

•?Terri Kent, musical theater coordinator and professor of acting and musical theater in the School of Theater and Dance.

•?Kathryn Kerns, Psychological Sciences Department professor.

•?Janice Lessman-Moss, School of Art professor.

•?Caven Mcloughlin, School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences professor.

•?Gerassimos Petratos, physics professor.

•?Timothy Rasinski, School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies professor.

•?Curtis Lockwood Reynolds, economics associate professor.

•?Phillip Rumrill, School of Lifespan Development and Educational Services professor.

•?Marcia Lei Zeng, School of Library and Information Science professor.

To read about the honorees specific accomplishments, go to: http://bit.ly/2c0JM6o.

Marilyn Miller can be reached at 330-996-3098 or mmiller@thebeaconjournal.com.