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Nomination period opens early for University Awards

The campus community is invited to submit nominations for the 2009 University Awards.

Nominations can be found online for all 18 of the faculty, staff and teaching assistant awards given annually to talented individuals in recognition of their contributions to the Lehigh community. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to browse the list of available awards to nominate deserving colleagues and educators.

The University Awards Committee, comprised of Peggy Plympton, committee chairperson and vice president for Finance and Administration; Mohamed El-Aasser, vice president and provost; Jackie Matthews, associate vice president for Human Resources; and Joanne Anderson, director of the President’s Office; extended the nomination period this year to include the fall and spring semesters.

Nominations for the 2009 awards will be accepted from October 21, 2008 through February 17, 2009. Any submissions received after the deadline will be considered for the following year’s awards.

Nominations will be reviewed by selection committees, made up of various faculty, staff and student leaders, which will present recommendations to the university’s senior officers for approval. Award recipients will be notified in mid-April, and will be recognized at the annual faculty and staff dinners held in early May.

For more information, please visit lehigh.edu/awards or contact the Awards Coordinator, Meghan Smith, manager of special projects, in the Office of the President at (610) 758-6784 or mes207@lehigh.edu.

Below is a complete listing of University Awards and last year’s winners:

Faculty Awards

Alfred Noble Robinson Faculty Award
Awarded annually to a faculty member who has shown extraordinary enthusiasm for Lehigh's goals and priorities, often working beyond his/her direct area/unit on university-wide projects or committees.
No award given in 2008

Carl & Ingeborg Beidleman Research Award in Business and Economics
This award is given to highlight quality research and refereed scholarship in business and applied economic disciplines at Lehigh; reward those involved in distinguished research, and place research on an equal level with teaching and university service in the annual recognition of faculty achievements.
Previous winner: Heibatollah Sami, Eugene and Sue Mercy Professor of Accounting

Christian & Mary Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching
Awarded to a member of the teaching staff for distinguished teaching performed during the academic year.
Previous winner: Natalie Foster, associate professor of chemistry

Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award
Designated to honor excellence by graduate student teaching assistants.
Previous winners: Thomas D. Craig, business and economics, and Jonathan D. Poplawsky, physics

Hillman Faculty Award
An annual award for excellence in teaching or research work, or for advancing the interests of the university.
Previous winner: Michael G. Kolchin, professor of management and the associate dean for Graduate Studies

Hillman Award for Graduate Advising
An annual award for exemplary student advising defined as either: (a) guiding students through their exploration and pursuit of an academic course of study; or (b) assisting students in the development and/or completion of research related to their degree program.
Previous winner: Theodore K. Ralphs, associate professor and co-director of graduate programs in industrial and systems engineering

Hillman Award for Undergraduate Advising
An annual award for exemplary student advising defined as either: (a) guiding students through their exploration and pursuit of an academic course of study; or (b) assisting students in the development and/or completion of research related to their degree program.
Previous winner: Kenneth P. Sinclair, professor of accounting

Lehigh Junior Award for Distinguished Teaching
Given to a member or members of the teaching staff for distinguished teaching performed during the academic year.
Previous winner: Stephanie P. Watts

Libsch Early Career Research Award
Presented to a. Highlight faculty members who are early in their research career. b. Reward those who have demonstrated the potential for high-quality research and scholarship done at Lehigh University. c. Place research and scholarship on an equal footing with teaching and university service in the annual awarding of recognition. Previous winners: Tianbo Liu, assistant professor of chemistry, and Nelson Tansu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering

Libsch Research Award
Presented to: a. Recognize excellence in research, scholarship and/or artistic achievement, including the overall impact, as well as the quality and quantity of scholarly contributions. b. Reward those who perform distinguished research. c. Place research on an equal footing with teaching and university service in the annual awarding of recognition.
Previous winner: Richard Sause

Stabler Award for Excellence in Teaching
Awarded to a member of the faculty who comes closest to the following standards: Mastery of his or her field and superior ability in communicating it to others… an exceptional talent for encouraging students to want to understand alternatives and to make choices…knows how to extract from students the full measure of their potential to learn… guides their thoughts in a spirit of free inquiry and learns from them as he or she teaches…never rests from being a teacher and is so infectious in his or her manner that the students scarcely know how deeply he or she is teaching…impresses on his or her students that they have only begun to learn while at Lehigh and that their real quest for knowledge and application of what they are taught will come after graduation…ultimate goal is not only to lead his or her students to excellence in their chosen field but also to excellence as human beings and as leaders of society.
Previous winner: Richard N. Weisman, professor of civil and environmental engineering

Robert & Christine Staub Faculty Excellence Award in Business and Economics
Awarded to a faculty member who is perceived to have made a positive difference in the lives of students, the college community, or with fellow faculty members. ‘
No award given in 2008


Staff Awards

Alfred Noble Robinson Staff Award
Recognizes outstanding performance in service to the University and unusual promise of professional achievement. Each year one award will be given to the most deserving exempt or nonexempt staff member of those nominated.
Previous winner: Michelle Issadore, assistant director of the Women’s Center

Hillman Exempt Staff Award
Recognizes a member of the exempt staff for excellence in administrative or research work, or for advancing the interests of the university.
Previous winner: Ian Birky, director of Counseling and Psychological Services

Hillman Nonexempt Staff Award
Recognizes a member of the nonexempt staff for excellence in performance or for advancing the interests of the university.
Previous winner: Julie Scheller, prepress and design specialist in Print

Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2008

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