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Faculty excellence recognized

Lehigh University honored the recipients of the 2008 Faculty Awards at the annual faculty dinner, held May 3.

Those honored include:

Thomas D. Craig, business and economics, and Jonathan D. Poplawsky, physics, recipients of the Lehigh University Teaching Assistant Award, which honors excellence demonstrated by graduate student teaching assistants.

Natalie M. Foster, associate professor of chemistry, who received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, which is presented to a senior faculty member for distinguished teaching performed during the academic year and can be won only once in one’s career.

Michael G. Kolchin, professor of management and the associate dean for Graduate Studies, recipient of the Hillman Faculty Award, which recognizes excellence in teaching or research work, or for advancing the interests of the University.

Tianbo Liu, assistant professor of chemistry, and Nelson Tansu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, who received the Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Early Career Research Award, which honors faculty members who are early in their research career and who have demonstrated the potential for high-quality research and scholarship.

Theodore K. Ralphs, associate professor and co-director of graduate programs in industrial and systems engineering, recipient of the Hillman Award for Graduate Advising, which recognizes excellence in the advising of graduate students.

Heibatollah Sami, Eugene and Sue Mercy Professor of Accounting, who received the Carl R. and Ingeborg Beidleman Research Award, which highlights quality research and refereed scholarship in business and applied economics.

Richard Sause, Joseph T. Stuart Professor of Structural Engineering and director, Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Center, recipient of the Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Research Award, which honors excellence in research, scholarship, and/or artistic

Kenneth P. Sinclair, professor of accounting, who received the Hillman Award for Undergraduate Advising, which recognizes excellence in the advising of undergraduate students.

Stephanie P. Watts, assistant professor of English, recipient of the Lehigh Junior Award for Distinguished Teaching, which is presented to a member or members of the teaching staff for distinguished teaching performed during the academic year.

Richard N. Weisman, professor of civil and environmental engineering, who received the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is presented to a member of the faculty who has demonstrated not only mastery of his or her field and superior ability in communicating it to others, but also an exceptional talent for encouraging students.

“It is both a challenge and an honor to select winners of the faculty awards from such a wonderfully talented and devoted group of faculty that we have here at Lehigh University,” said Susan A. Sherer, Kenan Professor of Information Technology Management and chair of the Department of Management, who chaired the Faculty Awards Committee.

New for this year, award review committees were formed to evaluate nominees and recommend winners.

Donald Rockwell, the Paul B. Reinhold Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, who chaired the Libsch Awards Committee, echoed Sherer, saying, “The nominations from our colleagues provide evidence of the exceptional caliber of research and scholarship that extends across the diverse disciplines at Lehigh. The international engagement and accomplishments of these faculty are at the highest level, and their activities provide a dynamic and exciting environment for our students.”

Other members of the Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Research Awards Committee included:
Lynne U. Cassimeris, professor of biological sciences; George J. DuPaul, professor and chair of school psychology; John N. DuPont, professor of materials science and engineering; Norman J. Girardot, University Distinguished Professor of religion studies and co-director of ArtsLehigh; Judith A. McDonald, associate professor of economics and Barbara H. Traister, professor of English.
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Members of the Faculty Awards Committee included: Mary J. Bishop, associate professor of teaching, learning and technology; Mayuresh V. Kothare, associate professor of chemical engineering; Michael L. Raposa, professor of religion studies and associate dean for undergraduate studies; Jeffrey A. Sands, professor and chair of biological sciences; Svetlana Tatic-Lucic, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Todd A. Watkins, associate professor of economics and George White, professor and program director for educational leadership, director for Center for Developing Urban Educational Leaders.

--Tom Durso


Posted on Monday, May 05, 2008

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