Bair honored with Outstanding University Service Award
2018 Outstanding University Service Award
David Bair, Ed.D.
Professor in Educational Foundations, joined GVSU in 1997
University Awards for Excellence
During the 1999-2000 academic year, President Arend D. Lubbers authorized an annual Outstanding University Service Award. This award provides commendation and cash to a deserving faculty member or members at the Faculty Awards Convocation, held the first Thursday in February.
Bair is recognized for his significant service to Grand Valley State University at the unit, college, and university level. He has been instrumental in creating international relationships with the University of Cape Coast in Ghana and providing leadership as the Director of the Center for Educational Partnerships. Bair helped create the Educational Foundations program that included the development of additional courses, alignment with national standards for accreditation, and recruitment/retention of new and talented faculty. In addition to serving on the University Academic Senate and the Executive Committee of the Senate, he has participated in many seminars and campus-wide discussions on culture, diversity, and inclusion. His colleagues make special note of his integrity and commitment to active participation in the community, recognizing him as an exemplary faculty member, leader, advocate, and colleague
In addition to teaching in the College of Education's Educational Foundations department, Bair also serves as the 2017-2018 Interim Unit Head for Education Foundations. In the Center for Educational Partnerships, Bair supports three grants for the Groundswell initiative that provides ongoing professional development work with area teachers, as well as serving as the PI for the Baldwin Foundation grant. Bair is actively involved in the College of Education in the Colleagues Advisory Committee, COE Marketing task force, the Dean's Leadership Team, and on program development for place-based education and the Grand Rapids Public Schools.