By Rachael Johnson
Ann Gill, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, announced the recipients of the College’s 2015-16 awards at the Spring Faculty and Staff Meeting and Awards Celebration on April 27 at the Lory Student Center.
The awards acknowledge the accomplishments and efforts of the outstanding faculty, staff and volunteers within the College.
“Each year, this awards ceremony is a wonderful event, showcasing outstanding achievement in all aspects of faculty, staff and volunteer activity for the College,” Gill said. “This year’s awardees have made a tremendous difference in the college, and they represent the excellence that exists across the college in teaching and creative activity as well as in service, outreach and development activities.”
John N. Stern Distinguished Professor Award
Recognizes faculty who have demonstrated exemplary accomplishments in all aspects of their professional responsibilities over an extended period of time.
John Calderazzo, professor, Department of English
SueEllen Campbell, professor, Department of English
Ann Gill Excellence in Teaching Awards
This award recognizes faculty members who are instrumental in students becoming life-long learners, critical and creative thinkers, outstanding communicators and performers, and engaged and caring citizens of their various communities. CSU alumnus Dennis Repp established this award, naming it in honor of Dean Ann Gill for her personal excellence in teaching and her support of the College’s teaching mission.
Mac McGoldrick, instructor, Department of Philosophy
Elizabeth Sink, instructor, Department of Communication Studies
Kate Browne, professor, Department of Anthropology
Courtenay Daum, associate professor, Department of Political Science
Excellence in Teaching Awards
This award recognizes one outstanding teacher in each of the following categories: Tenured Faculty, Tenure-Track Faculty, Special & Temporary Faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Tara O’Connor Shelley, associate professor, Department of Sociology
Stephanie Malin, assistant professor, Department of Sociology
Tom Conway, instructor, Department of English
Megan DeMasters, graduate teaching assistant, Department of Political Science
The Eddy Awards recognize faculty members who have taught outstanding courses in the University Honors Program. These awards were funded by the remainder of funding in an endowment from the Eddy family and will be awarded this year only.
Carl Burgchardt, professor, Department of Communication Studies
Roze Hentschell, professor, Department of English
Outstanding Service Award
This award recognizes a member of the College who has gone beyond typical expectations to make outstanding service contributions to the University and to off-campus communities, demonstrating extraordinary leadership and professional service.
Irene Vernon, chair, Department of Ethnic Studies
Distinction in Outreach Award
The Distinction in Outreach Award is presented in recognition of a member of the College who has made outstanding outreach efforts, engaging the College’s academic mission of research, creativity, teaching and service outside the University.
Eric Ishiwata, associate professor, Department of Ethnic Studies
Distinction in Advancement Award
This award recognizes a member of the College who has made outstanding contributions toward strengthening the College by enhancing its image, supporting fundraising efforts and creating sustaining relationships among the College’s many constituencies.
John Straayer, professor, Department of Political Science
Distinction in Curricular Innovation Award
This award recognizes faculty innovations in areas including but not limited to program development, instructional methods, service-learning and technology integration.
Susan Opp, associate professor, Department of Political Science
Outstanding Volunteer Award
The Outstanding Volunteer Award is presented for the first time this year in recognition of a volunteer who has made outstanding contributions to the fundraising efforts of the College.
Phil Hewes, co-chair, Liberal Arts Development Council
Faculty Development Award
This award provides support for outstanding research and/or creative activity, and is funded by participants in the Great Conversations Speaker Series.
Pamela Coke, associate professor, Department of English
Nick Marx, assistant professor, Department of Communication Studies
Kyle Saunders, associate professor, Department of Political Science
Silvia Soler Gallego, assistant professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Leif Sorensen, assistant professor, Department of English