TROY - Joe McCall, lecturer in the Department of History, is the recipient of the 2014 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching at Troy University.
McCall received the award during the University's annual Honors Convocation held Tuesday night in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.
The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has "most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year." Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.
"I am especially thankful for this award," McCall said. "One of the things I love most about teaching at TROY, and living in town, is that there are so many opportunities to become involved with our students in helping to shape our campus community."
McCall said he uses storytelling to help make his lectures memorable for students.
"My guess is that the students who nominated me and supported my getting the award think I am a good story teller, and I do try to make my lectures and classes interesting and meaningful," he said. "I try to care about what happens inside their heads intellectually, but also what is happening inside their hearts. They have been very kind to honor me for what I do well and to forgive that which I am still trying to perfect as a teacher."
McCall has been a member of the Troy University faculty since 2005. An active part of the life of the University, McCall serves as faculty advisor for the International Student Cultural Organization and the NAACP, and is a member of the Troy University Health and Wellness Committee, the Common Reader Selection Committee and the Service Learning Steering Committee.
McCall won the University's Outstanding First-Year Advocate Award for 2012-2013 and was the recipient of the Faculty Council's Excellence Award in 2008.
Prior to joining the TROY faculty, McCall served as a graduate teaching assistant at Auburn University and also previously served as school counselor and director of student life at Wellington School in Columbus, Ohio. Before his career in education, he had a private therapy practice in Granville, Ohio, specializing in treatment of adolescents and adult chemical dependency and children of alcoholics.
McCall earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Idaho State University and holds a master's degree in history from Auburn University. He is married to Xiaojuan "Silvia" Li, a former visiting scholar from China who now works as an international admissions specialist in TROY's International Studies program.
Joe McCall, lecturer in the Department of History, receives the 2014 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching at Troy University from Dr. Earl Ingram (left), Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during the University's annual Honors Convocation, held Tuesday night on the Troy Campus. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.