Terry Martin, professor of studio art at William Woods University, has again been rewarded for his dedication and love for teaching. He was one of 66 Missouri educators who were recipients of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching this year.
Martin, who lives in Jefferson City and has taught at William Woods since 1989, received the honor today (Wednesday, Dec. 4) during a luncheon in Jefferson City. The awards are given annually to Missouri’s most outstanding collegiate teachers/scholars.
In addition to the Governor’s Award, Martin received the Louis D. Beaumont/Dads’ Association Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching at William Woods University in 1990. The WWU student body annually selects the recipient for the $3,000 cash award.
Martin focuses his time and energy on teaching, parenting and artistic pursuits.
He believes that “learning happens best with emotion, challenge and a mentor’s support.” Students, he says, “must have tasks that require perseverance, imagination, craftsmanship, self-discipline and significant achievement.”
A love of nature has been a sustaining force throughout his life.
“I remember a time as a child when I explored an Ozark path with my father (the late Dr. Lynn W. Martin) and my younger brother, Dr. Gregg D. Martin (also a nature artist). This memory marks a time when lifelong awareness of natural wonders began.”
His observational study of nature took form in works of art. In 1983, his efforts were rewarded when a watercolor of a trout was selected for use as the first competitive Missouri Trout Stamp.
This opportunity created other opportunities to illustrate and paint portrayals of nature. His illustrations appear in the popular “Fly Fishing For Trout in Missouri” by Chuck and Sharon Tryon.
Martin is a signature member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and is also a member of the Missouri Watercolor Society and the International Society of Experimental Artists.
A graduate of the University of Missouri, he has earned bachelor of science, master of education and master of fine arts degrees. He and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Patrick and Jenny. Both children enjoy art and are participants in the home studio. Michelle Martin’s minor in college was art history and, along with her husband, she enjoys trips to museums. Martin considers his wife is a valued critic of his artistic efforts.
The Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education provides each Missouri college and university an opportunity each year to submit a nominee for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Nominations are based on effectiveness of teaching, advising, service to the college/university community, commitment to excellence and ability to nurture student achievement.