Teaching, research and advising efforts saluted

By Patrick J. Callahan

Excellence in teaching, research and academic advising were recognized May 12 at the campus''s annual awards banquet.

Three faculty and two teaching assistants received the 2003-04 Distinguished Teaching Awards, considered the most prestigious prize on campus for excellence in classroom teaching.

This year''s recipients are David L. Adams, senior lecturer in Chemistry; Hanlyn Davies, professor of Art; Emma Rivera-Rabago, lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese; and teaching assistants Michael K. Forbes, Afro-American Studies and Commonwealth College; and Eugenie S. Kang, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies.

Established in 1962, the DTA includes a plaque and a monetary award of $3,000 for faculty and $2,000 for teaching assistants. The names of DTA recipients are also inscribed on plaques in the Lincoln Campus Center and the award winners are recognized at undergraduate Commencement. Nominations for the awards are made by current and former students to a committee comprised of faculty, undergraduates, and previous graduate student winners. The committee makes the award selections.

The recipients of the Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowships are Stephen Clingman, professor of English; H. Henning Winter, professor of Chemical Engineering; and R. Thomas Zoeller, professor of Biology.

Fellowship recipients receive a cash award of $3,000, a plaque and a year''s leave from teaching to pursue graduate education, research, creative work, or activities related to scholarly attainment. Nominations for the fellowships are made by department heads to their respective deans with final selections made by a committee of the Faculty Senate''s Research Council. Selection is based on demonstrably outstanding accomplishment, and potential for continued excellence in research and scholarly or creative activity.

English professor Randall Knoper and Joan Spalding, director of Student Services at the Isenberg School of Management, were chosen as this year''s Outstanding Academic Advisors. They each received a $3,000 prize and a plaque.