Nominations for Special CECI Citations

While college awards are on hiatus, awaiting restoration by faculty governance next year, we want to acknowledge that we have come through a lot in past few years. The most unexpected challenges have come from COVID and the college merger. In recognition of the many extra efforts that faculty and staff put forth, we would like to collect some stories and some accomplishments and then recognize them with a special citation at next Fall’s kick-off meeting.

Between now and June 15, we will take nominations for “CECI Citations.” Current faculty and staff, including adjunct faculty and student workers, can be nominated for a “Citation for extraordinary performance under COVID-19” or a “Citations for outstanding contribution toward the CECI merger.” We want to recognize our colleagues who have demonstrated exemplary productivity, leadership or innovation in the face of COVID-19 challenges or to the new college’s formation process.

More than one citation in each category may be awarded. Nominations can be up to 500 words, and may include:

  • Stories and specific examples about the nominee’s exceptional work.
  • Quotes on the nominee’s outstanding qualities and/or contributions.
  • The impact the nominee has had within and outside the department.
  • or Special achievements/activities.

Nominations are due by Wednesday, June 15, 2022 and should be sent to [email protected]. Nominations will be screened by a panel including Patrick Gerkin and Nagnon Diarrassouba. Winners will be announced at Fall’s CECI kick-off meeting and receive a memento of recognition. Nomination narratives will appear on the college’s website.


Our 2022 Award Recipients

for University Awards for Excellence, Pew Awards for Excellence, Career Center Awards, and CSCE Awards for Scholarly and Creative Excellence

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Pew Teaching Excellence Award for Adjunct Faculty

Gerald Brown, M.A.
Adjunct Instructor of Literacy, Educational Foundations, and Technology
Joined Grand Valley State University in 2015


Gerald Brown consistently exemplifies a deep commitment to teaching excellence, throughout many courses taught at GVSU. In EDH - 182, for those on academic probation, student centered pedagogy creates the opportunity to grapple with factors that may have led to academic struggles. Employing a growth mindset, creating a supportive learning environment where students can share vulnerabilities, and coaching them to a sense of self-efficacy, students thrive in new ways. In the words of a student, “If it were not for him, I probably would not be back at school this semester; he believed in me, and he made me believe in myself.”

Gerald Brown, Adjunct Faculty for Literacy, Educational Foundations, and Technology
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Beomkyo Choi, Assistant Professor of Literacy, Educational Foundations, and Technology

Pew Teaching with Technology Award

Beomkyu Choi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Literacy, Educational Foundations, and Technology
Joined Grand Valley State University in 2017


Beomkyu Choi, professor of educational technology, embraces and innovates with technology in his teaching. In his work, pedagogy drives the use of technology. Examples include scenario-based reasoning and harnessing communication and collaboration tools to better facilitate a practice team-based project. Likewise, Project Technologia transforms a discussion board into the basis for a narrative role-playing game, in which students manifest and practice what they have learned throughout the semester.

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Distinguished Early-Career Scholar Award

Daisy Fredricks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning
Joined Grand Valley State University in 2017


As a former bilingual elementary and middle school teacher in Michigan and elsewhere, Fredricks’ scholarship seeks to disrupt inequitable schooling experiences for multilingual students and improve teacher preparation though instruction grounded in research. Fredricks is a leader in the “Voices from the Field” research team, a working group of teacher educators and novice teachers who have identified a set of Core Practices for teaching multilingual students, and will publish a book on this work in 2022 (Teachers College Press). She maintains an active program of scholarship — often centered on teacher and student experiences, in an effort to humanize both research practice and classroom instruction — with 11 peer-reviewed publications, six since arriving at Grand Valley.

Daisy Fredricks, Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning
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Amy Schelling, Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning and College of Education and Community Innovation Associate Dean

Glenn A. Niemeyer Award

Amy Schelling, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning
Joined Grand Valley State University in 2007


Amy Schelling’s colleagues share that she is a student advocate in every sense of the word. She is not only student-centered in her teaching and leadership; she is, first and foremost, relationship centered. Each student’s education, and every faculty member’s growth, matters to her. She has served on numerous university committees and as a student organization faculty advisor. Her professional service includes serving on two Michigan Department of Education advisory committees, as an auditor for the Council for Exceptional Children Program, and as Camp Sunshine board member. Schelling is published in the Field Experience Journal, Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, and the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. In 2018, Schelling was selected by the university to attend the HERS Institute of Leadership Development for Women in Higher Education. She exemplifies servant leadership a commitment to student advocacy, and maintains a clear vision for the future of teacher preparation.

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Internship Advocate of the Year

Quincy Williams, M.A.
Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration Undergraduate and Internship Coordinator
School of Community Leadership and Development


Quincy was chosen for this award for his amazing advocacy for his students and his dedication to working with employers and community partners to create meaningful internships. He is always an educator, helping supervisors grow as internship sites, working with students to navigate the sometimes complicated world of work, and as a mentor and resource to our internship coordinators. He is always willing to engage in career work and support the work of the GVSU Career Center.

Quincy Williams, Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration Undergraduate and Internship Coordinator


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