Local man honored as emeriti faculty at GSC

From local reports

GLENVILLE, W.Va.-Michael Smith, of Marietta, was one of three Glenville State College professors recognized recently as an emeriti faculty. He now joins 32 other GSC professors who share the title. The honors were bestowed at the 140th commencement ceremony on May 10.

Smith has been a professor at Glenville State College in the Social Science Department for 20 years. He says that, for him, GSC has been both convenient and simply a good place to teach.

“GSC was convenient for me because my primary residence has been in Marietta. There are not a lot of teaching positions for political scientists and the job here was close to Marietta, as these things go,” said Smith.

During his time at GSC, Smith served as the Social Science Department Chair, was the Faculty Senate president, and participated in various campus committees focused on curriculum, faculty development, internationalization, and assessment.

In his retirement Smith plans to travel, visit family and friends, and do some writing.

Emeritus status is an honorary title that may be awarded to a nominated faculty member or administrator for extended meritorious service. In addition to having made lasting and positive contributions to the college, the honoree must also have completed 10 years of service at GSC, be distinguished in teaching and service, and have the recommendation of their respective departments’ faculty and the Faculty Senate.