Faculty members are recognized for their contributions to the development and implementation of university policies and programs through non-administrative roles, while continuing to teach and pursue scholarship.
Blaine W. Lilly
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering
Blaine Lilly has long been a tireless champion for The Ohio State University, first as a student in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and since 1998 as a faculty member with a joint appointment in the departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Integrated Systems Engineering and an adjunct appointment in the Department of Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design.
Lilly serves as associate chairperson for undergraduate programs and has distinguished himself through his commitment to advancing Ohio State’s institutional mission. He formerly served as chair of the university council on academic affairs and serves as co-project leader on the LIFT OMIC co-located internship program.
He advocates for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, serving on numerous department committees that benefit students, including the undergraduate studies committee and continuous quality improvement committee. Lilly has also been a driving force in the ongoing efforts between Marion and Mansfield campus faculty to create a new program in engineering technology that addresses Ohio’s growing need for technically adept employees.
In 2012, Lilly played a key role in developing significant changes to the mechanical engineering undergraduate curriculum—designing and piloting a new course that introduces sophomores to fundamentals of machining and assembly by providing opportunities for hands-on experience in building a six-cylinder air motor. More than 1,600 majors have since taken this course. Lilly likewise helped re-design a critical manufacturing course required for seniors.
Lilly has a strong record of scholarship with a unique focus on interdisciplinary approaches to product design. He has mentored nearly 60 student researchers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2006, he received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and in 2014 was elected as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
David G. Horn
Professor, Department of Comparative Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
David G. Horn has demonstrated a career-long eagerness to engage with some of the most pressing and difficult issues facing Ohio State; a clear appreciation of the university’s mission; and, above all, the solid good sense, affable personality and precisely tuned intellect necessary to advance that mission in all of his service activities.
Since joining Ohio State's faculty, Horn has been a driving force in shaping the Department of Comparative Studies’ undergraduate curriculum, designing new advising structures and teaching courses in science and technology studies. He has chaired both the committees to evaluate central administrators and the steering committee in university senate and was the first faculty member appointed by the Ohio State Board of Trustees to serve on the board’s committee on academic affairs and student life. He has likewise served on a number of critical university task forces, including the committee on faculty career enhancement and the task force on suicide prevention and mental health.
Horn’s leadership extends to his work with the Translational Data Analytics and Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Themes—having chaired interdisciplinary faculty searches for the Discovery Themes as well as a variety of other faculty searches stretching back to the 1996-97 academic year. From 2016 to 2018, he was a member of the two-year pilot project on Programming Leading to a Science and Technology Studies Center, which was supported by the Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme. In addition, he also provided dedicated mentorship to a Discovery Themes postdoctoral fellow as part of Ohio State’s national participation in the American Council of Learned Societies Postdoctoral Partnership.
As one of his colleagues put it, “David shows up, and when he shows up, he listens and participates in ways that immediately improve the quality of the conversation around him. It is not surprising that he has often served as a ‘discussant’ at professional conferences; he serves in this role informally at on-campus events all the time, and to great effect … He serves as citizen of the university at events across campus.”
Professor and Chair, Department of History of Art
College of Arts and Sciences
Lisa Florman is among Ohio State’s most consequential and admired teachers, researchers, mentors and volunteers.
As chair of the Department of History of Art since 2013, Florman has been instrumental in positioning the department for the future. Her many accomplishments include launching a new MA program in art history and curatorial practices in contemporary art and helping establish the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Chair in the History of American Art. Florman previously served as the associate chair—and as interim chair—of graduate studies for the department, overseeing the successful refocusing of the program on PhD students. She currently serves on the search committee for the new executive dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. Previously she served on the search committee for the new director of the Wexner Center of the Arts and chaired the search committee for the new director of the School of Music.
Florman is one of the foremost authorities on European Modernism, publishing two groundbreaking books — Myth and Metamorphosis: Picasso’s Classical Prints of the 1930s and Concerning the Spiritual — and the Concrete — in Kandinsky’s Art. A true leader in the field, she is frequently called upon to participate in academic program reviews, most notably at the University of Maryland in 2017 and Johns Hopkins University in 2018. From 2015 to 2018, she was the 20th century field editor for caa.reviews, the most important venue for scholarly reviews of art historical publications in the United States.
Florman joined the Department of History of Art at Ohio State in 1994. In 2000, she was honored with the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award while still an assistant professor. She received her PhD with distinction from Columbia University’s Department of Art History and Archaeology.