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Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award Recipients Announced


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations

Columbus, OH (September 10, 2019)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults in central Ohio, celebrated its 162nd Commencement on Friday, September 6. Along with honoring the graduates, Franklin recognized Anna Haston and Dr. Paul Carringer, from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award.

Congratulations to this trimester’s recipients: Anna Haston, undergraduate faculty and Dr. Paul Carringer, graduate faculty.

Professor Anna Haston teaches Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking and Introduction to Ethical Reasoning and Analysis. She has been an adjunct professor at Franklin since 2014. Anna supports students as a success coach and tutor. Her energetic teaching style helps students take ownership of their education while she facilitates their learning. She guides and encourages student interaction in order to heighten student motivation.

A magna cum laude graduate of Franklin and a recipient of the 2015 Franklin University Teaching Excellence Award, Anna earned her B.S. Business Administration at Franklin and her master’s at Tiffin. She is currently completing her dissertation for a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Instructional Design Leadership at Franklin. 

Anna is active in the business world, currently working in manpower control at a world-renowned car manufacturer. Her love of helping others can also be seen in her work with public housing, the hearing impaired, and a school for the disadvantaged, as well as through various volunteer efforts.  

Dr. Paul Carringer has been a Franklin University adjunct professor for nearly 15 years teaching undergraduate and graduate marketing courses, as well as Advanced Qualitative Research and Design at the doctoral level. Internationally, he also has taught Franklin MBA students in Oman. Dr. Carringer engages students with learning opportunities in and out of the classroom. He maintains connections with graduates to help them grow their careers and keep Franklin a foundational piece of their lives.

Paul earned his B.S. Business Administration at Franklin; an MBA with a concentration in marketing and management information systems from the Ohio University; and a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resources from Colorado State University, where his research centered on organizational leadership and communication. His business career has included 29 years of ownership of an international marketing communications firm. In addition, he has completed 173 road runs of marathon distance or longer. His wife Patsy, and sons Andrew and Philip (also a proud Franklin graduate), live in the Columbus neighborhood of Clintonville.

About the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award
Each trimester, two faculty members are honored with the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award. Graduating students are asked to identify one undergraduate and one graduate faculty member who had the most significant influence on them throughout their educational experience at Franklin University. The award recognizes those who have challenged students intellectually and guided them in finding the significance of the course content as it relates to them both personally and professionally.

While more than 100 graduate and undergraduate faculty members are nominated each trimester – clearly showing the magnitude of interaction between students and faculty at Franklin University – the faculty members receiving the most nominations are awarded this honor.

These awards are funded through an endowment established by State Auto Insurance Companies in recognition of Robert L. Bailey, who served State Auto for 28 years in various positions, including President, CEO, and Chairman, until his retirement in 2000. Bailey is also a past Chair and a Trustee Emeritus of Franklin University’s Board of Trustees.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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