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Faculty members will be recognized at a special campus reception at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in Griggs Center. The recipients of the Chancellor's Teaching, Research, and Service awards for 2011-2012 were presented on February 28, 2012.

University of Minnesota Duluth Awards
Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Teaching
Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award
Chancellorís Award for Outstanding Public Service
Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award
Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award

University of Minnesota System Awards
Horace T. Morse Award
Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Retired Faculty, University of Minnesota Duluth
Faculty List


University of Minnesota Duluth Awards

Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Teaching

This award recognizes faculty who have made contributions to the teaching mission of UMD that are of extraordinary quality and reflect UMD’s emphasis on high quality undergraduate and graduate education. This award will honor faculty for innovative pedagogy, development of creative and critical thinking, student mentoring, commitment to liberal education, and leadership and impact within a department.

Colleen Belk, instructor, Biology, SCSE

Colleen Belk obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  There she majored in genetics and graduated with honors.  She also has a master’s degree from Minnesota State, Mankato.  Colleen has written leading non-majors biology textbook, now in its fourth edition as well as several other texts.  While at UMD she has been awarded the SCSE advising award, and was the Linda M. Larson Woman of the Year

Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Research

Faculty members who receive this award are honored for their excellence in research or creative activity, scholarly or artistic contributions to individual disciplines, and dedication to student research.

Imran Hayee, professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, SCSE

Dr. Imran Hayee is a professor and director of graduate studies in the electrical and computer engineering department. He completed his Masters and Ph. D. degrees from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, respectively, in Dec. 1994, and Dec 1998. After completing his Ph. D., he worked in the Forward Looking Work Group of Tyco Submarine Systems, formerly known as Bell Laboratories, in New Jersey for two years researching on future generation trans-oceanic optical fiber communications systems. He later joined a start-up company (currently part of Level 3 Communications) in Maryland working on development of the state-of-the-art optical fiber telecommunication products. After spending about 4 years in that start-up company, he joined the electrical and computer engineering department of University of Minnesota Duluth in Fall 2004. Since then, he has continued his productive research working with many graduate students.  His research interests are in the areas of optical fiber communications systems, digital signal processing, medical instrumentation and intelligent transportation systems. Dr. Hayee holds 13 US patents and has also published one book chapter and more than 50 research articles in distinguished journals and prestigious conferences. 

Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Public Service

This award honors faculty who have demonstrated extraordinary and sustained commitment to public service and community engagement. This award will recognize faculty who have demonstrated an integration of civic and community engagement in their teaching; shown leadership in advancing students’ civic learning; conducted community-based research; fostered community partnerships; promoted the scholarship of engagement among his/her colleagues; or made contributions to positive change on issues of public concern.

Susan Perala-Dewey, instructor, Writing Studies, CLA

Susan Perala-Dewey received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Master of Arts in English from the University of Minnesota Duluth where she now teaches in the Department of Writing Studies. She facilitates professional development for area teachers through UMD’s College in the Schools program and for the Lake Superior Writing Project, a satellite of the Minnesota Writing Project. She currently serves on her department’s Undergraduate Committee; CLA’s Change Team; and CLA’s Strategic Planning Committee. Her poetry has been published in The Talking Stick, Dust and Fire, and the Wisconsin Poetry Calendar. Susan is a proud member of the Holocaust Educators Network and currently studies and practices Non-Violent Communication.

Outstanding Faculty Adviser Awards

Outstanding Faculty Adviser Awards are given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students.

  • Ryan Frane, associate professor, Music, SFA
  • Elizabeth Nelson, associate professor, Communication, CLA
  • Julie Ernst, associate professor, Health, Physical Education & Recreation, CEHSP
  • Christina Gallup, associate professor, Geological Sciences, SCSE
  • Christopher McIntosh, associate professor, Economics, LSBE

Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award
This award is given annually to a faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Fine Arts who has an exceptional and effective teaching style that emphasizes the worth of research in a learned discipline and the maturing impact scholarly activity has on the development of human attitudes and values.

Linda Legarde Grover, associate professor, American Indian Studies, CLA

Linda LeGarde Grover, an associate professor in the Department of American Indian Studies, is a member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and author of poetry and fiction as well as research articles about American Indian literature, history and pedagogy.  Her poetry chapbook The Indian at Boarding School was published by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Sequoyah Research Center Native Writers Series, and her book The Dance Boots, published by the University of Georgia Press, has received both the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. She received both her BA in history and her Med in education from UMD, and her EdD from UMTC.  As a Continuing Education undergraduate student Dr. Grover was a student of Dr. Tezla’s, who inspired her with the pleasure and joy in teaching that he so clearly demonstrated to his diverse and hopeful class of night school students.


University of Minnesota System Awards

Horace T. Morse Award

Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by collegiate units in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education.

Steven P. Sternberg, associate professor, Chemical Engineering , SCSE

Dr. Sternberg has worked in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth since 1999, moving from the University of North Dakota. He helped create the Environmental Science program (2005) and was the first director of the program. He maintains the environmental engineering minor in the Chemical Engineering Department, and hopes to expand it someday. He currently teaches courses in Material and Energy Balances, Material Science and Engineering, Chemical Reaction Engineering, and Pollution Control Technologies.

Dr. Sternberg is a registered Professional Engineer and has been awarded the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers Professionalism Award (2004), the Saiki Foundation Award for Graduate Teaching Excellence, (1999) and the UMD-SCSE College Outstanding Advisor Award (2009). His current scholarly activities include writing a text book “Air Pollution: Engineering and Science,’ exploring the use of aquatic plants for heavy metal bioremoval from surface and waste waters, and creating a device for low-temperature off-grid power generation.

Not awarded to UMD faculty every year

The next ceremony will be held on April 23, 2012, McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis, MN

Praveen Aggarwal, Department of Marketing, 2006-2007
Curt Anderson, Center for Economic Education, 1985-1986
Ann Aiko Bergeron, Theatre, 1991-1992
Stephen B. Castleberry, Sr., Marketing, 2008-2009
Linda Miller Cleary, English, 1997-1998
Dennis Falk, Social Work, 2005-2006
Joseph A. Gallian, Mathematics and Statistics, 1975-1976
Eugene Grossman, Psychology, 1979-1980
Thomas Isbell, Theatre, 2001-2002
Carmen Latterell, Mathematics and Statistics, 2008-2009
Helen Mongan-Rallis, Education, 1994-1995
Howard D. Mooers, Geological Sciences, 2002-2003
A. Maureen O’Brien, Economics, 1988-1989
Jon L. Pierce, Management Studies, 2004-2005
Justin Rubin, Music, 2008-2009
Steven Sternberg, Chemical Engineering, 2011-2012
Eileen M. Zeitz, Foreign Languages and Literatures, 1996-1997


Retiring Faculty for 2011-2012

Ann Anderson, Music, SFA
Ann Anderson received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education at UMD and a Master of Music, Violin Performance from Indiana University. She performed as a professional violinist at the Indianapolis Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Metropolitan Opera National Co.- New York, American Arts String Quartet, Aspen,and Colorado Festival Orchestra. She established the UMD Music Department String Chamber Orchestra, took students on the first Music Department European tour, and achieved the position of professor. She started the UMD Music Preparatory School (now renamed as the Music Academy) established the Ann Carlson Anderson Symphonic String Scholarship. Anderson received the Distinguished Service Award, Clinic Presenter, Master Teacher Award, and Orchestra Educator of the Year award from the Minnesota Music Educators Association. She is currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.

Stephen C. Hedman, Biology, SCSE
Steve Hedman received his bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, and mathematics from the University of Minnesota in 1963 and his Ph.D. (1968) in Genetics and Biochemistry from Stanford University.  He conducted post-doctoral work in genetics on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota and started his career at UMD in 1968 in the Department of Biology.  During his years in the department he taught introductory biology, principles of genetics, and advanced courses in genetics and molecular biology.  His genetics research program, funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and various state agencies, focused upon bacteria, fungi, mice, fish, and humans. He published papers dealing with mercury deposition in the St. Louis River basin and was active in environmental endeavors ranging from Boundary Waters protection to climate change to water quality standards. In 1990 he became associate graduate school dean and later associate vice chancellor of academic administration. In 2008 he returned to teaching.

Wayne Jesswein, Economics, LSBE
Wayne Jesswein received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois/Urbana in 1969.  He joined the UMD Department of Economics as an assistant professor in 1968.  He was promoted to associate professor in 1972 and to full professor in 1981.  He was head of the Economics department for 23 years and has been the associate dean of the Labovitz School for the past 11 years.  He co-authored the proposal that led to the creation of the School of Business and Economics in 1975.  He has held the positions of president and grievance officer of the UEA during his time at UMD.

Rodrigo J. Lievano, FMIS, LSBE
Rodrigo Lievano came to UMD in 1994 as dean of the School of Business and Economics following positions as dean of the Barney School of Business of the University of Hartford and as associate dean and professor at the Anderson School of Management of the University of New Mexico. In his career, Lievano also participated in a four-year NSF study on energy and environment and led the development of the first post-Soviet business program at Poland’s Jagiellonian University.  At UMD, Lievano taught operations and founded the Association for Intelligent Data Analysis and Inquiry on Sustainable Operations, both multidisciplinary University of Minnesota groups.

Linda Miller Cleary, English, CLA
Linda Miller Cleary joined the English faculty in 1985 as the Program Coordinator of the Communication Arts/Literature major after doing graduate work at UC Berkeley and doctoral work at UMass, Amherst. She published articles and books, some co-authored, on the interaction of affect and cognition in writing, indigenous literacy, and cross-cultural research, with three national awards for one book. Miller Cleary served on the editorial board of the journal English Education and on NCTE’s Commission on Reading. She received university awards including the Morse Alumnae Award for Distinguished Teaching and the UM Tate Advisement Award, as well as a national advisement award from NCADA.

Judy Trolander, History, CLA
Judith Ann Trolander earned her Ph.D. in history from Case Western Reserve University and was an assistant professor of history at Western Illinois University for four years prior to coming to UMD in 1975 as an associate professor of history. That same year she published her first book, Settlement Houses and the Great Depression, Columbia University Press published her second book, Professionalism and Social Change: From Settlement Houses to Neighborhood Centers, 1886 to the Present, in 1987, the year that the university promoted her to professor. She published her third book, From Sun Cities to The Villages: A History of Active Adult, Age-Restricted Communities (University Press of Florida, 2011). At UMD she specialized in teaching courses relating to various aspects of U.S. social history, includng urban history and women's history.

Tom Wegren, Music, SFA
Tom Wegren, received his B.M. from De Paul University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He did post-doctorate piano study at the Juilliard School under Beveridge Webster and studied with Nadia Boulanger at the Paris Conseervatoire. He performed in master classes under Arthur Rubinstein, Van Cliburn, Rosalyn Tureck, Madame Panzéra-Baillot, Alberto Ginastera, Stan Kenton, and Aaron Copland. Noteworthy guest piano performances took place at Carnegie Recital Hall, Chicago Symphonic Wind Ensemble, a concert tour in Sweden sponsored by the Duluth Sister Cities Program, and the Pusan Symphony in Korea on national TV. He served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar to Korea, was awarded a McKnight Fellowship, received grants from Exxon, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Composers Forum. Wegren accepted a faculty position at UMD in 1973. As professor of music he taught piano, composition, theory, and a liberal education course he designed entitled “Beethoven to the Beatles.”


University of Minnesota System Awards (not given every year)
Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education
Academy of Distinguished Teachers
John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
President's Award for Outstanding Service
Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award

National Awards

Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education

This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by collegiate units in their quest to identify excellence in graduate education.

Not awarded to UMD faculty every year

John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

This award recognizes and rewards the contribution that academic advising makes in helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career, and personal goals.

Not awarded every year

President's Award for Outstanding Service

The award honors active or retired faculty or staff members who have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community.

Not awarded every year

Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award

Not awarded every year

National Awards

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