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Orlofsky named 2019 Faculty Member of the Year

Troy University English professor Michael Orlofsky has been tabbed a 2019 Faculty Member of the Year as announced by the Sun Belt Conference office on Monday morning.

This award recognizes a faculty member from each Sun Belt institution who displays valuable classroom skills such as developing relationships, being a good communicator and showing a passion for teaching, engaging and inspiring students, while also separating themselves from their peers outside the classroom by regularly attending athletics events and displaying enthusiasm for the athletics department.

“These educators continue to go above and beyond to positively impact the lives of students and student-athletes at our Sun Belt universities. We are honored to recognize their dedication to student success on their respective campuses,” said Sun Belt Commissioner Keith Gill.

Orlofsky is an English professor in the College of Communication and Fine Arts. In addition, Orlofsky serves as Faculty Marshal for Troy University Commencement Ceremonies and is a member of the Hall-Waters Prize Steering Committee.

Orlofsky earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Jacksonville State University, master’s degree in English with an emphasis in writing from Penn State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop

A highlight of Orlofsky’s professional career includes receiving Troy University’s Ingalls Award.

“Mr. Orlofsky truly is an exceptional example of a students’ teacher. He always puts his students first and ensures their success in everything they do,” stated rising sophomore and Troy football student-athlete, Austin Stidham.

The Sun Belt Conference’s 12 honorees come from nearly 10,000 full-time faculty members.  The combined enrollment across the conference is more than 160,000 students with student-athletes comprising more than 3,100.