In 1982 Grand Valley State University instituted awards to recognize distinguished contributions in a discipline. This award is given to a member of the faculty whose performance in scholarly or creative activities, or whose contributions through service to professional organizations, is clearly outstanding. The basis for this award is demonstrated research, scholarly, or creative accomplishment or service through professional organizations, i.e., significant contribution to one's discipline, that is documented as exceptional by professional peers or public acclaim according to one of the following specific criteria: publication in professional media; professional awards, prizes, or honors; unsolicited reviews by critics or peers; support received through competitive applications to funding agencies, or impact on others in the discipline. The award may recognize a single, clearly exceptional accomplishment or a continued record of achievement. The award will be based primarily on accomplishments while a member of the GVSU faculty.
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All tenured and tenure-track faculty members.
The Committee requires strong and substantial evidence for nominees. Each dossier must contain all of the following. Dossiers with missing items will be returned unread.
Figen Mekik, Ph.D.
Professor of Geology
Joined Grand Valley State University in 2000
Fegin Mekik has an uncanny ability of finding success in her research, in gaining external funding, in teaching and mentoring students, and in publishing her research. Indeed, Professor Mekik has received continuous National Science Foundation funding since 2002 for her research on ocean acidification and carbon chemistry, which lays the groundwork of ocean acidification events in Earth’s past and provides a natural analog for human caused ocean acidification events of today. While on sabbatical, Mekik was at Princeton University collaborating on research with Daniel Sigman. She has also worked in partnership with Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of British Columbia and Texas A&M. In addition to research, she serves as secretary for the Paleo-oceanography and Paleoclimatology group of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) where she has taken on the additional role of mentoring faculty serving as new session chairs
Deborah Herrington, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Joined Grand Valley State University in 2003
Deborah Herrington’s career in chemical education is remarkable. As co-developer of the Target Inquiry (TI) program, Associate Professor Herrington helped design a nationally accepted chemistry education program that has changed the way in which high school chemistry is taught. In collaboration with a colleague, she acquired a large grant from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation to fund the initial implementation of the TI program. The grant was one of only eight provided since 2005 that totaled over $100,000. Not only is her research widely recognized within the chemistry education community, but also she is noted for her level of service to organizations such as the American Chemical Society, Chemical Education Research Committee, and the National ACS Awards Selection Committee, among others. In addition, Professor Harrington has organized symposia at both the National American Chemical Society Meetings and the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education and will host the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Grand Valley in 2014.