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Faculty Recognition

The College of Liberal and Fine Arts is lead by a group of exemplary, award-winning, published and experienced faculty members. Our team is here to support you in every step of your journey at Tarleton State University. Join us in recognizing the featured faculty member and recipients of Tarleton's 2018 Faculty Awards for their dedicated service and accomplishments.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Tanter

Dr. Marcy Tanter

Dr. Tanter was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to South Korea. Dr. Tanter's work with American women poets, particularly Emily Dickenson, was the foundation of her instruction at Dongguk University in 2018. Over years of study abroad experiences in South Korea, Dr. Tanter has helped to develop a strong academic relationship with both Dongguk University and Chonnam National University in Gwangju. Dr. Tanter is a Professor in the Department of English and Languages. 

2019 Faculty Awards

Join in congratulating our award winners for the 2019 Tarleton State University Faculty Awards.

O.A. Grant Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Stafford

Dr. Paul Stafford

Dr. Paul Stafford, Assistant Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication Studies, earned his MA in Communication from Angelo State University and his Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi. Since joining the faulty in 2013, he has helped grow the Communication Master’s program and has started the University Speaking Center. He has encouraged his students to broaden their perspective of the world around them through intentional and engaging instruction.

Barry B. Thompson Service Award

Dr. Charles Howard

Dr. Charles Howard

Dr. Charles Howard, Associate Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication Studies, earned his MA in Communication from the University of Arkansas and his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Kansas. Dr. Howard joined Tarleton in 1991. He has been pivotal in creating an atmosphere for students to thrive both inside and outside the classroom. Dr. Howard served in creating the Department of Communication Studies, working closely with the Honor’s College, and assisting in securing new facilities, equipment, and faculty lines to aid Communication students in reaping real world, hands-on experiences while at Tarleton.

Outstanding Jr. Faculty

Dr. Karl Aho

Dr. Karl Aho

Dr. Karl Aho, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, completed his MA in Philosophy from Boston College and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Baylor University. Dr. Aho joined Tarleton in 2016. He teaches in the Department of Government, Legal Studies, and Philosophy. He also regularly works with the Honor’s College, recently as part of the study abroad in Urbino, Italy. Dr. Aho’s research explores Soren Kierkegaard and James Williams. He is also the recipient of the Open Educational Resource Grant to produce an open access philosophy reader for students. Dr. Aho serves as a Faculty Senator and is a regular figure at Texan Tour and Orientation.

Faculty Excellence in Scholarship

Dr. Marcy Tanter

Dr. Marcy Tanter

Dr. Marcy Tanter, Professor in the Department of English and Languages, joined Tarleton in 1998. Dr. Tanter’s work focuses on Emily Dickenson. Dr. Tanter earned her MA in English from the University of South Carolina and Ph.D. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Tanter’s research led to a 2018 Fulbright Scholar award where she lived in South Korea, teaching at Dongguk University.

Faculty Excellence in Student Success

Ms. Ehrhart

Megan Ehrhart

Megan Ehrhart, Assistant Professor of Digital Media Studies in the Department of Fine Arts, joined Tarleton in 2015. Ms. Ehrhart earned her BFA in Illustration from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and her MFA in Film from Syracuse University. Ms. Ehrhart is noted for her connection with students, her time outside of the classroom when she fosters powerful learning experiences. These experiences include film tours, study abroad, exhibitions, and film festivals.

Engaged Faculty

Dr. Robertson

Dr. Troy Robertson

Dr. Troy Robertson serves as the Director of Choirs as part of the Department of Fine Arts. Dr. Robertson’s efforts with his students have increased their exposure on the Texas, national, and international stages. His work extends beyond the campus, as Dr. Robertson engages with the community of Stephenville and partners with the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale and the Fort Worth Symphony. He recently took a group of students, faculty, and community choir members to participate in an international music festival in China. In addition, Dr. Robertson composes and arranges scores.