Outstanding faculty members will be recognized at awards convocation

Faculty members will be recognized for their teaching, scholarship, service and milestone years of service at the Faculty Awards Convocation February 15, starting at 4 p.m. in the DeVos Center's Loosemore Auditorium.

The campus community is invited to attend the ceremony, which will be followed by a reception.

President Philomena V. Mantella will give a welcome, Provost Fatma Mili will give remarks and Samhita Rhodes, professor of engineering, will give a brief presentation, “Of Collaborations, Connections, and Colleagues." Rhodes is one of the recipients of the Glenn A. Niemeyer Award. 

Award recipients are listed below; descriptions of their noteworthy contributions are posted online . Faculty with 25, 30 and 35 years of service will also be recognized.

University Awards for Excellence will be presented to the following:     

  • Zsuzsanna Palmer, associate professor of writing, Internationalization Award
  • Kathryn Ohle, associate professor of teaching and learning, Outstanding Advising and Student Services Award
  • Jing Chen, professor of psychology, Outstanding Community Service Award            
  • Mark Staves, professor of cell and molecular biology, Outstanding University Service Award                     
  • Rachel Powers, professor of chemistry, Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award
  • Kristin Hedges, associate professor of anthropology, University Outstanding Teacher Award                                            
  • Kevin Lehnert, professor of marketing, Glenn A. Niemeyer Award
  • Samhita Rhodes, professor of electrical and biomedical engineering, Glenn A. Niemeyer Award
  • Peter Wampler, professor of geology, Meijer Honors College, Glenn A. Niemeyer Award

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

  • Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award: Nicholas Baine, associate professor of electrical engineering
  • Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring Award: Kristy Dean, professor of psychology        
  • Distinguished Early-career Scholar Awards: Adeline Borti, assistant professor of English; Zachary DeBruine, assistant professor of computing; Laila McCloud, assistant professor of educational leadership and counseling; and Christina Quick, assistant professor of nursing

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

  • Burch, Jacobs & Moore Diversity Teaching Excellence Award: Michelle Calkins, affiliate faculty of writing             
  • Pew Teaching Excellence Award for Adjunct Faculty: Joanne Finazzi, adjunct instructor of nursing                               
  • Pew Teaching with Technology Award: Megan Freudigmann, senior affiliate faculty of teaching and learning
  • Pew Teaching Excellence Award: Hannah Seidel, associate professor of music, theatre, and dance; Heather Tafel, associate professor of political science; Krisanne Chapin, assistant professor of movement science; Sanjivan Manoharan, associate professor of engineering; Christopher Lawrence, professor of chemistry                
  • Pew Excellence Award for Teaching and Learning Enrichment: Sarah Clark, senior affiliate faculty of chemistry
nine people in two rows of headshots
Recipients of University Awards for Excellence are pictured. Top row, from left, are Kristin Hedges, Peter Wampler, Samhita Rhodes, Rachel Powers and Mark Staves; bottom row, from left are Kathryn Ohle, Jing Chen, Zsuzsanna Palmer and Kevin Lehnert.


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