Dr. Barbara Ornstein, a professor in Frostburg State University’s Department of Educational Professions and associate director of the FSU Children’s Literature Centre, has received the first-ever President’s Distinguished Faculty Award from President Jonathan Gibralter.
Gibralter established the award to recognize and encourage those faculty members whose activities move FSU forward by advancing the University’s mission and goals and its strategic planning initiatives. Ornstein received a monetary award and was given a medallion and recognition during the University’s spring commencement ceremony.
“Dr. Ornstein consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to create meaningful experiences for her students, inspiring them as the champion of children’s literacy and quality children’s literature that she is,” Gibralter said. “The activities of the Children’s Literature Centre provide a valuable bridge to our community, both for educators and for children just discovering the love of reading.”
A member of FSU’s faculty since 1990, Ornstein’s leadership and effort have contributed to the continued success of the Spring Festival of Children’s Literature and the Summer Author Institute for educators and the Storybook Holiday and Pirate’s Ahoy events for children and their parents, all of which connect FSU’s education students with the community and raise FSU’s profile as a leader in education and children’s literacy.
She also coordinates the collaborative Adopt-a-School project and the environmental training program, Project Learning Tree, which recently celebrated its 50th workshop for elementary education teacher candidates at FSU. The Learning Tree workshops, held twice each semester on campus, annually train approximately 120 pre-service teachers in strategies and activities to encourage environmental awareness in elementary students.
Students and alumni alike credit her care and support for their learning and well-being, and for instilling a mindset of service characteristic of a career in education. Many of these students stay in contact with her and return after graduation to help out with the various events she organizes. Ornstein also serves as the advisor for the Frostburg Student Education Association.
The President’s Distinguished Faculty Award is supported by gifts to the FSU Foundation. For more information, call 301-687-4161 or visit foundation.frostburg.edu.