The Erin, Tenn., native directs Tennessee Tech's Minority Engineering Program and has served as a faculty adviser to the university's Theta Tau chapter of the social fraternity since 1988. Approximately 40 chapter members nominated him for Phi Gamma Delta's Crowder Cup. He was chosen as the top-ranking individual from a pool of advisers nominated by chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The award, named in memory of longtime fraternity member Richard "Doc" Crowder, is presented to the most outstanding faculty adviser in the society based on personal excellence, relations with the chapter, assistance to the chapter in relations with other faculty and host institutions, and encouragement of undergraduate members to realize their full academic potential. In 1993 Marable was the first recipient of the cup, and he received it again the very next year.
Assisting students comes easily to Marable. As minority engineering director, he recruits, advises and guides an array of students from across the Southeast. Each summer he brings talented high school students to the university for a four-week exploration of computers and engineering. And he remains a student himself. This fall he began work toward a Ed.D. degree at Vanderbilt, which builds upon the the specialist in education, or Ed.S., degree he earned at Tennessee Tech in 1994. He also holds a master's in chemistry from the university along with a bachelor's degree from Austin Peay State University. Before joining Tennessee Tech, he worked as a chemist at Porelon, Inc., and taught science in the Houston County School District for the 1986-87 academic year.
Marable received the Crowder Cup during Phi Gamma Delta's 148th Ekklesia, a biennial legislative convention held this year at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. At the event, Tennessee TechUs chapter also tied for second for the Condon Cup, which recognizes greatest chapter improvements, and received honorable mentions for superior chapter performance in social service, campus involvement and alumni relations.
Founded in 1848 at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pa., the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity has 129 chapters at leading colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada, and a total living membership of more than 104,000.