Ashland University Professor Receives Certificate for Outstanding Achievement from Ohio Senate

Ashland University Professor Receives Certificate for Outstanding Achievement from Ohio Senate

3/11/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Matt Tullis, assistant professor of journalism and digital media at Ashland University, has received a certificate for outstanding achievement from the Ohio Senate.

The award, which was sent to Tullis from Ohio Sen. Larry Obhof’s office on behalf of the Senate’s 130th General Assembly, noted that Tullis’ story “Feet of Clay, Heart of Iron,” was selected as one of “102 Spectacular Nonfiction Stories from 2012.”

The list was compiled by The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf and published on Friedersdorf’s list has been compiled for five years now and is increasingly well-respected and well-read.

Tullis, who also serves as adviser to AU student newspaper, The Collegian, wrote the story for SBNation Longform, a national website dedicated to literary sports journalism. The story profiles Brian Simmons, a gritty horseshoe pitcher, as he attempts to repeat as world champion.

“I was really excited when I saw the certificate – clearly somebody had read the story and thought enough of it to honor it in this way,” Tullis said. “I was really excited for Brian because this will get his name on record so people will remember him and what he has done.”

The certificate noted that Tullis is a “creative and talented individual” who has demonstrated exemplary initiative, enthusiasm and perseverance in developing and sharing his skills and story about horseshoe pitcher Brian Simmons.

To read “Feet of Clay, Heart of Iron,” visit the website at:

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.