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Faculty members will be recognized at a special campus reception at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in Griggs Center. The recipients of the Chancellor's Teaching, Research, and Service awards for 2012-2013 were presented on February 26, 2013.

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

Retired Faculty, University of Minnesota Duluth
Faculty List


University of Minnesota Duluth Awards

UMD instructor Lyle Shannon  
Instructor Lyle Shannon  
UMD Professor Steve Colman  
Professor Steve Colman  
UMD Associate Professor Ladona Tornabene  
Associate Professor Ladona Tornabene  

Chancellor’s 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 honors faculty for innovative pedagogy, development of creative and critical thinking, student mentoring, commitment to liberal education, and leadership and impact within a department.

Lyle Shannon, instructor, Biology, SCSE

Lyle Shannon earned his B.S. degree at Cornell University and M.S. degrees at Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota Duluth. He began teaching biology courses at UMD in 1978 and taught for six years before moving to a research position, where he investigated the ecological effects of chemicals and microorganisms released into aquatic systems. Gradually, however, he realized that his real passion was working with students, and when the opportunity arose, he returned to teaching in the Biology Department in 1992.  Since then, he has taught one of the large introductory biology courses every semester, along with a variety of upper division courses. Mr. Shannon has been a pioneer in the use of technology in teaching and has served one year as an ITSS faculty technology fellow, helping other faculty to incorporate technology into their courses. He has continued to conduct research in aquatic ecology and has been actively involved in mentoring students in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP) program. Mr. Shannon has previously received the Swenson College of Science and Engineering Outstanding Advisor Award (2008) and the Biology Department’s Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award (2009).

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.

Steve Colman, director, Large Lakes Observatory, SCSE

Steve Colman is a professor of Geological Sciences and director of the Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1971, magna cum laude, and an M.S. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1974. He pursued additional graduate studies in Quaternary Geology at the University of Colorado, receiving a Ph.D. in 1977. He began working for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Denver while in graduate school and joined the Survey full time in 1977. His work with the USGS, Denver, was primarily related to the use of glacial deposits and other unconsolidated sediments to reconstruct past environmental conditions. Dr. Colman transferred to the Atlantic Marine Geology office of the USGS in Woods Hole in 1983 and worked on a variety of projects involving sediments in estuaries, coastal embayments, and lakes. In 2004, he left the USGS to become director of the Large Lakes Observatory at the UMD.

Dr. Colman’s recent research follows the theme of using unconsolidated sediments to reconstruct past conditions, primarily in estuaries and lakes, using oceanographic methods. In addition to estimating rates of coastal erosion, sediment accumulation, anthropogenic disturbance, and nutrient cycling, his research has increasingly focused on reconstructing past climates. He has published more than 100 scientific articles in leading journals, including several in Science and Nature.

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 recognizes 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.

Ladona Tornabene, associate professor, Health, Physical Education & Recreation, CEHSP

Ladona Tornabene, Ph.D., MCHES, received her Ph.D. in Health Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She currently teaches health education in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Her research interests include the impact of art on health (especially photography) and the role of nature on health.  She is lead author of three books: Gentle Hikes (MN, WI, MI most scenic trails under three miles) that promote health in each state through the outdoors. The goal of these books is to open the outdoors for people of all abilities. Dr. Tornabene is also a fine art nature photographer and has started  “The Professor As Photographer Scholarship Fund” to help nontraditional students return to school to study health education at UMD and to help current students intern abroad in health.  Proceeds from her print sales are donated to the fund.  She is represented exclusively by Master Framing Gallery in Duluth. 

Outstanding Faculty Advisor Awards

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

  • Dana Collins, assistant professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders, CEHSP
  • Jennifer Liang, associate professor, Biology, SCSE
  • Jeff Maahs, associate professor, Sociology/Anthropology, CLA
  • Sara Pitterle, instructor, Marketing, LSBE
  • Jennifer Webb, associate professor, Art & Design, SFA

Associate Professor Eun-Kyung Suh  

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.

Eun-Kyung Suh, associate professor, Art & Design, SFA

Eun-Kyung Suh is an associate professor in the Department of Art and Design where she has taught since 2002. She obtained her M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa in Design. Suh’s textile sculpture and installation work have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis; Gallery Nord, San Antonio, Tex.; Galerie sei-un-do, Zurich, Switzerland; and Montreal Center for Contemporary Textiles, Montreal, Canada. She has also been invited to art fairs represented by Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, Ariz. Suh is the recipient of multiple grants and awards, which have aided in her production and publication.

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Retiring Faculty for 2012 - 2013

Lynn Bye – Social Work, CEHSP

Dr. Lynn Bye is retiring from the Master of Social Work program. She is the lead editor of the book School Social Work: Theory to Practice published by Thompson Brooks/Cole and the book Truancy Prevention and Intervention published by Oxford University Press. She taught for six years at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University and there served as chair of the Social Science Division as well as chair of the Social Work Department. In 2001 Lynn joined the faculty in the UMD Social Work Department. She received two UMD awards, the Outstanding Research Award and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Education and Human Service Professions. She also received the Minnesota School Social Worker of the Year from the Minnesota School Social Worker’ Association, and the Outstanding President Award from the Minnesota School Social Workers Association.

Stephanie Guildford – LLO/Biology, SCSE

Dr. Stephanie Guildford is retiring from the Large Lakes Observatory and the Department of Biology. Before coming to UMD, she conducted research and taught at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Her research focuses on the limnology of large lakes with an emphasis on lower trophic levels. She conducted her research primarily on the Laurentian and African Great Lakes supervising graduate students from both North America and East Africa during her career. She taught several courses mainly in the area of aquatic ecology. Her research has been published in many international journals including the Journal of Great Lakes Research, Limnology and Oceanography, and Environmental Science and Technology. She is currently a co-editor for the Journal of Great Lakes Research.

Robert Hecky – Large Lakes Observatory, Biology, SCSE

Dr. Robert Hecky is retiring from the Large Lakes Observatory and biology department where he has been McKnight-endowed Presidential Professor in Lake Ecology since 2007.  From 1998 to 2007, he was a professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada and held the United Nations University Research chair for the African Great Lakes.  Prior to that, he was a research scientist in the Canadian Government with Environment Canada as well as Fisheries and Oceans Canada.  This wide range of experience is representative of his long-standing research interests in the biogeochemistry and productivity of freshwaters around the world. Dr. Hecky has received the G.E. Hutchinson Medal from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography and the Rigler award from the Society of Canadian Limnologists and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. 

Richard Lindeke – Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, SCSE

Lindeke received a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. After working for several years as a foundry and research metallurgist, he received his Ph. D. degree in Industrial Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University in 1987. Over his 25 year teaching career at Cleveland State University and UMD, Lindeke wrote on engineering education, manufacturing and automation research and development, material handling, and engineering management.  He served as president of CICMHE (a education and industrial council) of the Material Handling Industry of America and as director of Graduate Studies in the Engineering Management program at UMD. Lindeke was awarded the Jean Blehart Teaching award in 1998 and the Student Association Outstanding Faculty award in 2005. He is most proud of the accomplishments of the many engineering graduates that have passed through the IE and MIE department since 1990 who have gone on to make significant contributions to their organizations and the economic health of Minnesota, the United States and the world.

Ron Morton – Geological Sciences, SCSE

Morton has been the economic geologist and volcanologist in the Department of Geological Sciences since 1979.  His main field of research was on ancient volcanic complexes that host major economic mineral deposits.  Morton has been a research geologist for a number of mineral exploration companies. Throughout the years, he has supervised and worked with many graduate students and taught many students about dynamics the world. Morton has published six books. Two of these were written with Ojibwe elder and artist Carl Gawboy. These two books deal with western and Native American science and the culture, traditions, and stories of Native Americans. Both of these books have won writing awards. Morton said, “I don’t think of my leaving the university as retiring; it’s to pursue a new career as a writer.”

Mike Raschick – Social Work, CEHSP

Raschick has been at UMD for 20 years. He served as department head of Social Work for eight years and director of Graduate Studies for four years. He has published extensively in child welfare and in gerontological social work and taught a wide variety of courses--including foundation micro practice skills and clinical social work.

Ron Regal – Math & Statistics, SCSE

Ron Regal earned his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Minnesota in 1975 and came to UMD in 1981, after working as a statistician at the New York State Health Department. At UMD he advised 12 undergraduate research projects and 31 graduate students in Applied and Computational Mathematics.  His collaborations included work with scientists in UMD's biology department, the EPA, the Natural Resources Research Institute, Essentia Health, and Medical School Duluth. In addition, Dr. Regal provided statistical guidance to over 80 graduate students in the sciences. During his 33 years at UMD, he also continued work started at the NY State Health Department on methods in genetic epidemiology with a faculty collaborator in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Dr. Regal authored or coauthored 88 refereed publications on statistical methodology and collaborations in science, medicine and linguistics. 

Steve Rubenfeld - Management Studies, LSBE

Dr. Rubenfeld earned his Ph.D at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and moved to Texas to accept his first teaching position at Texas Tech University. He joined the faculty of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics in 1981. Over his 32 years at UMD, he taught a variety of Human Resource Management courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He served for eight years as the Management studies Department Head.  His research a broad range of contemporary Human Resource issues.  Dr. Rubenfeld and his wife, Charlotte, now reside in Franklin, Tennessee.

Retiring administrators
Vince Magnuson, Academic Affairs & Chemistry
Kjell Knudsen, LSBE Dean's Office & Management Studies

May 2013, External Affairs,

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