Professor Milton Moreland Receives 2012 Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service
Publication Date: 8/20/2012
Dr. Milton Moreland, associate professor of Religious Studies, chair of the Archaeology Program and director of The Memphis Center at Rhodes College, is the 2012 recipient of the Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service. The award, which honors a current faculty member who has rendered exemplary service and provided leadership to the Rhodes community, was presented during the college’s Opening Convocation August 17, which marked the opening of the college’s 164th academic year.
The award received its name in 2005 in honor of Dr. Jameson M. Jones, a member of the Rhodes Class of 1936 who served as professor of moral philosophy and dean of the college from 1955 to 1971.
Professor Moreland’s record of service is keenly focused on bringing together faculty with the motivation and expertise necessary to provide exceptional learning opportunities for students. With the Archaeology Program came not only a new academic minor but also student involvement in multiple projects and activities such the Rhodes College Archaeological Field School at the Ames Plantation, as well as a new archaeology lab on campus. Through his coordination of the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies each summer since 2007, he has worked with faculty to provide research opportunities for students in a range of disciplines across our curriculum, from History to Biology to Theatre. And as Director of the Memphis Center, Professor Moreland is working to create new opportunities for faculty-student collaboration focusing on the study of Memphis and the Mid-South region that promise to be very exciting indeed.
As if this were not enough, Professor Moreland has served on numerous faculty committees, organized workshops and guest lectures on campus, and regularly advises majors and non-majors—all while remaining an active and effective teacher-scholar. Offering courses in the Department of Religious Studies as well as the College’s interdisciplinary “Search” Program, he also manages to publish widely and regularly contributes scholarly presentations to conferences in his field. Professor Moreland has effectively linked his own scholarly interests and skills with his courses at Rhodes, using his own research as well as his field experiences at excavations in Israel and Cyprus to inform not only his classroom teaching but also his mentoring of young archaeologists through digs at the Ames Plantation site and other opportunities.
Professor Moreland’s engagement with all areas of faculty activity is remarkable … and remarkably effective. He is a prominent ambassador for the College and works closely with the Office of Admission not only as a liaison between that office and the faculty but also as someone who is regularly asked to make presentations to campus visitors.
With this award, Professor Moreland joins a distinguished group of faculty who have demonstrated through their outstanding records of service that they embody the kind of intellectual leadership and commitment to service that were so important to Dr. Jameson Jones.