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Dody Named GSC Curtis Elam Professor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2011

For more information:
Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-7361 ext. 6390
Glenville, WV—Glenville State College Assistant Professor of Music Teresa Dody has been named the recipient of the 2011 Curtis Elam Faculty Scholarship.

GSC President Dr. Peter Barr presents Curtis Elam Professor award to Teresa Dody.

“I am honored to be named the Cutis Elam Professor. It is wonderful to see music being rewarded for its academic side and not just as entertainment,” said Dody.

The Curtis Elam Faculty Scholarship is awarded for a three-year period. The Curtis Elam Professor will receive $5,000 per year to support professional activities to enhance the faculty member’s development and work to improve teaching.

Dody has ambitious plans for the funds she will receive as the Curtis Elam Professor. Some of the money will be used to purchase materials to help enhance her music education classes. The funds will also be used to cover expense for choral conferences. She will also use the scholarship to commission euphonium and vocal works with GSC Assistant Professor of Music Lloyd Bone for national and international performances.

To be eligible for this award, faculty members must be tenured or be making satisfactory progress toward tenure, have a record of scholarship and service regarding the improvement of teaching, a record of dedication to the preparation of teachers and innovation in Pedagogy, and have a record of successful partnerships with the public schools to advance the teaching/learning process.

“Being named the Curtis Elam Professor is a tremendous accomplishment because it is so highly competitive and shows that her peers and administrators felt she was deserving of this award. I am excited that Teresa was selected and look forward to watching the progress she will make during the three years of the scholarship,” said Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr.

Dody is beginning her fourth year at GSC. She teaches vocal music education, voice, and directs the GSC choirs. “This is such a wonderful place to live and work. The level of professional cooperation between my colleagues in the music department is absolutely amazing,” she said.

In addition to all of her responsibilities with the GSC Department of Fine Arts, Dody is planning on starting a community choir this fall. She hopes to get started by October. Anyone who may be interested can contact her at or (304) 462-6345. Dody would also like to find time to work on composing operas that she can take into the public schools.

Dody earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music in 1990. She was awarded a Masters in Vocal Performance from Wichita State University in 1995. Dody has earned a Ph.D. in Vocal Music Education from Canyon College and is currently finishing her work on a Ph.D. in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.

The late Curtis Elam, a 1949 graduate of Glenville State College, established the Curtis Elam Faculty Scholarship as a tribute to the faculty of Glenville State College in recognition of the help and guidance they provided to him in obtaining his undergraduate degree. Elam found a home at Glenville State College where he excelled as a football player and earned a degree. After graduation, Mr. Elam, a native of Oklahoma, devoted his entire life to teaching and child advocacy.

Curtis Elam’s endowment to his alma mater also established a scholarship program for college students with disabilities by funding special support services for them. This scholarship fund serves as a tribute to Curtis Elam’s lifetime career in teaching and helping young people with learning disabilities. His gift to the school also established the Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dody is the fourth GSC Curtis Elam Professor. Other winners were Dr. Joe Evans (2002), Dr. Sherry Jones (2005), and Dr. Rico Gazal (2008).

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