Faculty Awards Convocation set for Feb. 12

2019 Faculty Awards Convocation
2019 Faculty Awards Convocation
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Faculty members will be recognized for their teaching, service and scholarship at the Faculty Awards Convocation on Tuesday, February 12, at the DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. Stephen Mattox, professor of geology, will give the keynote address; he will also receive the Glenn A. Niemeyer Award.

University Awards for Excellence will be presented to the following people:

• Sherie Klee, associate professor of teaching and learning, Internationalization Award

• Lorie Jager, senior affiliate of communications, Outstanding Advising and Student Services Award

• Nagnon Diarrassouba, assistant professor of literacy and technology, Outstanding Community Service Award

• Janel Pettes Guikema, associate professor of modern languages and literatures, Outstanding University Service Award

• Rebecca Davis, professor of nursing, Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award

• Joseph Fisher, professor of teaching and learning, University Outstanding Teacher Award

• Deborah Herrington, professor of chemistry, will be recognized as the Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year.


The Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence will present awards to the following people:

• Paul Cook, associate professor of chemistry, Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring Award

• Kyle Barnes, Katherine Corker, Cáel Keegan and Bethany Peterson will receive Distinguished Early-career Scholar Awards.


The Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center will present awards to the following people:

• Lisa Perhamus, associate professor of educational foundations, Burch, Jacobs & Moore Diversity Teaching Excellence Award

• Richard Willobee, part-time instructor of teaching and learning, Pew Teaching Excellence Award for Part-time Faculty

• Julia VanderMolen, assistant professor of public health, and Julie White, senior affiliate of writing, Pew Teaching with Technology Award

• Susan Carson, Patrick Gerkin, Christopher Haven, Barbara Hooper, Ingrid Johnson, Virginia Peterson and Mary Bower Russa will receive Pew Teaching Excellence Awards.

Awards will also be presented to faculty celebrating 25, 30 and 35 years of service at Grand Valley. A reception will follow the awards ceremony with music from the Lee Cronbach Trio.