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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Curtis W. Miles Faculty Service Award! See below for how you can nominate someone today!

The Curtis W. Miles Faculty Award for Community Service recognizes faculty members who share their expertise with community groups and non-profit agencies. The Faculty Committee on Research, Service, and Faculty Development solicit nominations from JCU faculty, staff, administrators, and students and recommends candidates with support from the Center for Service and Social Action.

The award is a $1,000 cash award given to a full-time teaching or library faculty member who has made a significant contribution to the broader Cleveland community consistent with the University’s mission and goals. The award is presented during John Carroll University’s Ignatian Heritage Week in recognition of the role of service in the University’s mission.

Curtis W. Miles, a retired pharmaceutical salesperson, endowed the first faculty community service award in 1992 to encourage and recognize faculty members who reach out to the community and offer their skills and talents to agencies and community partners who need it most. Miles died February 15, 1994.

For more information about the award, contact Gerry Guest at

Recipients of the Curtis W. Miles Faculty Award for Community Service

2018 | Jim Lissemore, Ph.D, Biology

photo of Jim Lissemore

Dr. Jim Lissemore is committed to academic excellence and rigor in his courses, and outside the classroom, he is equally committed to creating opportunities for students to better themselves, the community, and the world. In his role as Professor in the Biology Department he connects the classroom to a much wider world. As the co-coordinator of the Population and Public Health Minor, Director of the Poverty and Solidarity Program, member of the selection committee for the Shepherd Summer Poverty Internship Program, and as a highly respected professor, Jim’s circle of influence, concern, and engagement is significant. In his endeavors to create a community of caring and compassionate people within John Carroll and beyond, Dr. Lissemore has acted as a mentor to both students and faculty. His work has often lead his students and colleagues to note his thoughtfulness and compassion when working with others. As a regular faculty representative on the Honduras Medical Immersion trips, Dr. Lissemore’s dedication to confronting issues of poverty and inequality, as well as his willingness to challenge students to engage emotionally and meaningfully with the people they serve, has been commended by his peers and student participants. Jim has long been an active participant in a wide variety of service activities on campus and off, including the Honduras Medical Immersion trip, Project ¿QUE?, weekly service at St. Malachi’s serving the Monday night meal, Reaching Heights, Habitat for Humanity, Epiphany Hunger Center and more. We congratulate Dr. Lissemore.

  • 2017 | Thomas J. Bonda, J.D., Marketing, Management, and Logistics
  • 2016 | Phyllis (Penny) Harris, Sociology & Criminology
  • 2015 | Erin Johnson, Ph.D., Biology
  • 2014 | Tracy Masterson, Ph.D., Psychology
  • 2013 | Linda Seiter, Ph.D. Mathematics & Computer Science
  • 2012 | Gloria Vaquera, Ph.D., Sociology and Criminology
  • 2011 | Brent Brossmann, Ph.D., Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts
  • 2010 | Paula Britton, Ph.D., Community Counseling
  • 2009 | Ruth Fenske, Ph.D., Grasselli Library
  • 2008 | Jeanne Colleran, Ph.D., English
  • 2007 | Rich Clark, Ph.D., Sociology and Criminology
  • 2006 | Margaret Finucane, Ph.D., Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts
  • 2005 | Sharon Kaye, Ph.D., Philosophy
  • 2004 | Gerald Weinstein, Ph.D., CPA, Accountancy
  • 2003 | Sally Wertheim, Ph.D., Education and Allied Studies/Graduate School
  • 2002 | Wilhelm Bartsch, Ph.D., Classic Modern Languages and Cultures
  • 2001 | Lauren Bowen, Ph.D., Political Science
  • 2000 | Mark Diffenderfer, Ph.D., Sociology
  • 1999 | John Soper, Ph.D., Economics and Finance