Drake University Faculty Honors

Distinguished Professorships and Chairs

2013 Madelyn Levitt Award Recipients

From left to right: President Maxwell, Mary Edrington, Provost Jones, and John Lytle at 2013 Commencement

Guidelines, Purpose, and Selection Criteria

Levitt Awards

  • Madelyn M. Levitt Excellence in Teaching Award

          Mary Edrington
Edrington has been working at Drake since 1986. She is currently an associate professor in the College of Business and Public Administration, and also coordinates internships for the College. One of her nominators said she is beyond passionate about her work and has the ability to bring the real world to the classroom in a way that few professors are able to do.

“It was a huge honor to receive this award,” says Edrington. “I consider it a privilege and joy to be a professor. When I hear from alumni that they remember advice that I had given them or they use a marketing strategy I discussed in class, it gives me a lot of satisfaction and it reinforces why I love to teach.”


  • Madelyn M. Levitt Mentor Award

  John Lytle
Lytle has been working at Drake since 1977. He currently coordinates the broadcast news sequence and teaches other production and reporting courses. He is known for taking special care when working with students, and still remains in contact with many. One nominator said he considers Lytle to be a lifelong mentor.

“Working with graduates to find or change jobs is an important and enjoyable responsibility for Drake faculty,” says Lytle. “To be recognized with the Levitt Mentor award is truly humbling. I think many others are deserving.”


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Drake University’s Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship (PFGCGC) will host a discussion on the Keystone XL Pipeline initiative in collaboration with the Iowa Energy Forum. General James Jones, a former national security advisor, will discuss the benefits of the pipeline initiative.