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Gaumer Given FSU President’s Distinguished Faculty Award
05/22/2015

Gaumer Given FSU President’s Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Carol Gaumer, a professor in the Department of Marketing and Finance at Frostburg State University, has been selected as the fourth recipient of the President’s Distinguished Faculty Award from FSU President Jonathan Gibralter, an award he established to recognize and encourage those faculty members who advance the University’s mission and goals and its strategic planning initiatives.

“Carol Gaumer embodies the qualities of the Distinguished Faculty Award in so many ways: She is forward-thinking and imaginative in considering the University’s future, she has boundless energy and enthusiasm, and she is a talented and caring teacher and colleague,” Gibralter said. “I am proud to present her with this award.”

Gaumer, who earned her BS from FSU in 1989 and her MBA in 1991, was recognized during the University’s spring commencement ceremony, receiving a monetary award, a medallion and plaque.

“Working with her closely in the past several years provided me with numerous opportunities to observe her unwavering commitment to the mission of Frostburg State University, as well as her outstanding performance in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service to our students, the institution and the surrounding community,” said Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, dean of the College of Business at FSU. “Dr. Gaumer’s leadership and outstanding efforts have consistently been aimed at the advancement of the mission, goals and action priorities of Frostburg State University.”

2015 marks Gaumer’s 26th year at FSU. Since 2013, she has served as the co-chair for the University’s Experiential Education Task Force with the purpose of defining experiential learning and creating a program that can demonstrate FSU’s educational distinction and codify its institutional mission and brand. Under her leadership, the proposal has been finalized and, once approved, will make experiential education a graduation requirement for the first time in the institution’s history. Several years ago she created a marketing capstone course, MKTG 469 Marketing Plans Development, when she noticed a need in the marketplace for this skill, then revised it to focus on students serving as quasi-consultants with area businesses as “clients.”

Gaumer is dedicated to increasing retention and improving student persistence to graduation. Her personal teaching philosophy is based on a student-centered learning environment that leads to a high level of student engagement in and satisfaction with the learning process; she has received outstanding teaching performance evaluations over the past seven years. She serves as a member of the Graduate Enrollment Management Committee and CoB Working Group and as the coordinator of Career Expo Day activities for the College, facilitates an Open House for the College, holds a “touching base” session with advisees one month into each new semester and Marketing Planning Labs for capstone course students who need extra help on course assignments and meets with area high school scholars at FSU’s Annual Scholars Reception. Gaumer also serves as the author of the College of Business’ AASCB Fifth Year Continuous Improvement Accreditation Review Report, which reflects how the quality programs offered by the College engage and impact students.

To prepare students for the challenges of a globalization society, Gaumer serves as co-coordinator of the College’s Global Experiential Learning Program, helping to organize study abroad tips to Brazil in 2015, Ecuador in 2014 and Peru in 2013. She revised the Global Business Concentration to include international internships as an elective and has helped place four students in international internships.

To assist in FSU’s contribution to economic development in Western Maryland, in the summer of 2014, Gaumer conducted and facilitated a series of focus groups for the Allegany Arts Council. In addition, she has conducted workshops and seminars for small business managers on the topics of marketing and branding through the College’s Center for Leadership Development. She also works with various organizations to establish internship programs and hosted Kohl’s and Target representatives to discuss job opportunities for students.

To summarize her achievements, Dr. Sudhir Singh, the associate dean in FSU’s College of Business, said: “Carol Gaumer is a unique blend of talent and commitment, dedication and purpose, integrity and caring, and a truly superior model of how an ideal faculty member, departmental colleague, administrative chair and authentic citizen-leader should be.”

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.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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