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UMD Honors for 2014


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The recipients of the Tezla award and the Chancellor's teaching, research, and service awards for 2013-2014 will be presented on at Tuesday, May 6 at 2:30 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

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

Retired Faculty, University of Minnesota Duluth
Faculty List


University of Minnesota Duluth Awards

Angela Sharpe  
Angela Sharp  
John Goodge  
John Goodge  
Kathy Heltzer  
Kathy Heltzer  
Justin Rubin  
Justin Rubin  

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.

Angela Sharp, instructor, Mathematics & Statistics, SCSE

Angela Sharp obtained her bachelor’s degree from University of Mary (Bismarck, ND) in mathematics and her master’s degree from UMD in Applied and computational mathematics.  She joined the faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 2001 and then added the role of an administrative assistant primarily responsible for the department’s graduate teaching assistants in 2003. She has served on committees both within SCSE and across campus, including the Student Service Fee Committee, the Educational Policy Committee-Admissions, Retention, and Graduation, the Instructional Development Services Board, and the Mathematics Instructional Development Committee.  She has been the faculty advisor for the Women in Engineering and Science student group since 2005.  She was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award by UMD’s Student Association in 2006 and was the first recipient of the SCSE Teaching Award in 2010. She has six peer-reviewed publications and her main area of research is environmental modeling.

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.

John Goodge, professor, Geological Sciences, SCSE

Goodge received his B.A. from Carleton College; M.S. from the University of Montana, and Ph.D. from UCLA. He served as assistant and associate professor at Southern Methodist University from 1988-2001; as a visiting scientist at Australian National University from 2000-2013; and has served as an associate professor and professor at UMD since 2002.

His research interests are in the areas of continental tectonics and the formation of continental crust; development of collisional and subduction-zone mountain belts; active research in the Transantarctic Mountains of Antarctica and the subglacial geology of East Antarctica, including 11 extended field seasons in Antarctica.

Goodge received the Golden Mustang Award for Teaching and Scholarship at SMU in 1997; elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2005; and cited as an exceptional reviewer by the Geological Society of America in 2008. He has served on proposal review and advisory panels for the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Chilean National Science and Technology Commission; is co-editor of the journal Lithosphere, Geological Society of America; and has reviewed research proposals for science programs in Australia, Chile, Israel, Italy and the U.K.

At UMD Goodge has been awarded over $2.6 million in research grants from the National Science Foundation, and has successfully secured external funding in excess of $700,000 in new laboratory instrumentation and equipment for teaching and research. Goodge has published numerous peer-reviewed works in international earth science journals and edited books, including over 30 first-authored papers.

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.

Kathy Helzer, instructor, Social Work, CEHSP

Kathleen V. (Kathy) Heltzer is the director of MSW Field Education and a faculty member in the Department of Social Work. She received her bachelor’s degree in social development from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1981 and her master’s degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and joined the department in 1998. Prior to her UMD service, she worked as a social worker in the area of child welfare practice, first in child protection and later in foster care. She has presented at many conferences, trainings and workshops on topics related to boundaries, ethics, privilege, and marginalization, civic engagement and community involvement. In 1991 she was the recipient of the Albert and Louise Ordean Foundation “Making A Difference” Award for her work as a volunteer mentor and in 2012 received the College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP) Outstanding Service Award.

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.

Justin Rubin, professor, Music, SFA

Justin Rubin is the chair of the Composition and Theory Program and artistic director of the UMD New Music Festival. As a composer he has received over 200 performances of his works world-wide since 1998 and has released three recordings of his works: Nostalgia (Innova 738), that included his chamber works featuring the bassoon, Constellations (MSR 1398), and A Waltz Through the Vapor (Innova 847), focusing on string and piano music respectively. In 2009 he was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and honored with the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. Receiving his doctorate from the University of Arizona, Rubin is also active as a performer on organ and piano and has published two CDs of contemporary piano music and two of traditional organ music. He has also published musicological research on the music of Schubert, Sorabji, and Distler.

Outstanding Faculty Advisor Awards

The Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award is given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students.

  • Joe Artim, instructor, finance management information sciences, LSBE
  • Rebecca Katz Harwood, associate professor, theatre, SFA
  • Alexandra Luong, associate professor, psychology, CEHSP
  • David Saftner, assistant professor, civil engineering, SCSE
  • Rob Weidner, associate professor, sociology/anthropology, CLA


Retiring Faculty for 2013 - 2014

Curt L. Anderson, Economics, Center for Economic Education, LSBE
Dr. Anderson came to UMD in 1980 after earning his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wyoming with a specialty in environmental and natural resource economics. While at UMD he developed an interest in improving the teaching of economic literacy. Through his role as director of UMD’s Center for Economic Education he trained teachers on every continent, wrote numerous curriculum guides, created the Council for Economic Education’s “National Economics Challenge,” and served as President of the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE).  He is a member of UM’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers and has received numerous awards for his teaching and service including the Jean G. Blehart award from UMD, Horace T. Morse award from UM, and the Bessie B. Moore service award from NAEE.

David Cole, Philosophy, CLA
Dr. David Cole received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 1979. He taught at the University of Delaware before coming to UMD in 1984, and served on the staff of the U.S. Congress 1985-86. Cole taught a variety of courses in philosophy; most frequently logic, philosophy of language, and the birth of modern philosophy. He served as head of his department several times, as director of the UMD Honors Program, and as president of the Society for Machines and Mentality. Cole is the author of numerous papers on language and cognition, a few on knowledge and skepticism, a few on death, and two co-authored books. 

Steve Colman, Large Lakes Observatory
Dr. Colman received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado and had a long research career at the US Geological Survey, first in Denver, CO and then in Woods Hole. MA. In 2004, he began 10 years of service as Director of the Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) at UMD. In addition to leading LLO, he taught courses in the Dept. of Geological Sciences, led his own international research projects (including those on L. Superior and L. QInghai, China), and served several international research organizations. Colman and his wife, Marian (UMD, SFA) plan to stay in Duluth for a while before eventually moving to Cape Cod.

Donald Crouch, Computer Science, SCSE
Dr. Crouch received his Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University. He has served on the faculties of the University of Florida, the University of Alabama, Cornell University, Tulane University, and as Head of Computer Science at both Alabama and UMD. Before beginning his academic career, he was a member of the technical staff at United Aircraft and Texas Instruments. His research has been funded by NSF, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Office of Naval Research, and MnDOT. In 2011, Dr. Amit Singhal, senior vice president of Google, on behalf of the ACM Special Interest Group in Information Retrieval (SIGIR), established the Donald B. Crouch Travel Grant to support the participation of graduate students from developing countries in SIGIR activities.  Each year this endowment enables 20 to 40 such students to participate in the Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval.

Linda Deneen, Information Technology Systems and Services and Computer Ccience, SCSE
Dr. Deneen earned her Ph.D. in mathematics at Michigan State University in 1981.  Her first faculty position began in 1982 at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where she taught both mathematics and computer science.  During her tenure at Beloit, she also attended the Institute for Retraining in Computer Science at Clarkson University during the summers.  She finalized her transition into computer science when she moved to UMD in 1985.  She was a member of the Department of Computer Science from 1985 to 1992, serving as department head from 1989 to 1992.  In 1992 she moved to Information Services, now Information Technology Systems and Services, and has served as director for 22 years. Deneen intends to remain in Duluth along with her husband, Dr. Gary Shute, who is not yet retired from the Department of Computer Science.

Tim Holst, Graduate Education and Research Office, Academic Affairs
Dr. Tim Holst earned his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 1977, and taught at Hope College before coming to UMD in the fall of 1979 to join the Department of Geology. He spent a year as a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in Bergen, Norway.  Among other topics, he published on folds in rock and details of the folding process, as well as on tectonics of the Lake Superior region.  His research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Minnesota DNR, Research Corporation, and others. Holst has served in numerous administrative roles, including associate SCSE dean, acting SCSE dean, director of the Center for Freshwater Research & Policy, director of research administration, and vice chancellor for graduate education and research. He served almost 25 years as a UROP program coordinator for the UMD campus. Nationally he served as a councilor on the Council for Undergraduate Research, and as a member of the board of governors for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, including stints as treasurer and chair of the board. Dr. Holst and his wife, Beth, will continue to reside in the Duluth area.

Judith Kritzmire, Music, SFA
Dr. Judith Kritzmire began her work at UMD in the Fall of 1989, when she became head of the Department of Music. She oversaw the addition of new degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, initiated an international exchange with the Royal Swedish Opera, collaborated on an Italian/American Conference and Opera Production, monitored the construction of the Weber Music Hall, and facilitated many other projects. In 2006 she returned to a faculty position as chair of music education. She was active in music education/aesthetics research, achieving publication in several national and international journals. Kritzmire served as director of graduate studies in music, chair of the UMD Graduate Committee, representative to the National Association of Schools of Music, and director of the UMD Study in England Programme, Her prior appointments were at Augustana College, (Rock Island), the American Conservatory of Music (Chicago), Bemidji State University, and Eastern Michigan University.  Kritzmire notes “My work at UMD has given me countless opportunities for personal and professional growth. It has been a fabulous and memorable 25 years!”

Kathryn Lenz, Mathematics and Statistics, SCSE
Dr. Lenz worked as a research scientist for Honeywell Systems and Research Center from 1984 until 1988 while earning her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and St. Paul.  She became an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute before joining the faculty in the UMD Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 1990.  During her 24 years at UMD, she taught a variety of mathematics courses, advised student research projects at the undergraduate and graduate levels and was a short-term visiting scholar at the University of Colorado, Boulder, the University of Bristol, England, and the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She published research in a range of areas including linear systems and control theory, mathematical modeling of tree growth and photosynthesis, and voting theory

Joseph Maiolo, English, CLA
Professor Maiolo holds degrees from University of Virginia (M.A.) and the University of  North Carolina at Greensboro (M.F.A.). His short stories have been published in The Sewanee Review, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Texas Review, The Greensboro Review, and other magazines and anthologies. His work has been cited in The Best American Short Stories, and has won a Pushcart Prize, two NEA Literary Fellowships, and three PEN/Syndicated Fiction Awards; two have have been read on NPR's "The Sound of Writing.” His work has received a Bush Artist Fellowship and a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction in Fiction. Maiolo has completed two novels, one set largely in the Blue Ridge; recently published a collection of his short stories under the titles Saint Matthew in AppalachiaMy Turkish Missile Crisis; Boy Youth Man; Three Frays from Mallorca and Four Stories; and  An Arch of Birches. He has written song lyrics and written and co-produced a forthcoming documentary. He is currently working on his memoir, set in Appalachian Virginia.

Maureen O’Brien, Economics, LSBE
Dr. Maureen O’Brien pursued her Ph.D. at West Virginia University after six years as an instructor at Clemson University. Upon completion of her Ph.D. she joined the Department of Economics in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics in 1983.  A Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, she taught a variety of economics at the undergraduate level including Principles of Economics, Labor Economics, History of Economic Thought and Statistics. She served as Department Head for the Economics Department for 13 years. Her research focused on labor market issues as well as pedagogical issues related to teaching and learning.  Dr. O’Brien plans to remain in the Duluth area.

Donald Poe, Chemistry and Biochemistry, SCSE
Dr. Poe earned his Ph.D. at Iowa State University in 1974 and joined the faculty as assistant professor in the same year.  During his 40 years at UMD he has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in analytical chemistry, introductory and general chemistry, and also has taught in the UMD study abroad program in Poland.  He served as Director of Graduate Studies and Chemistry and Biochemistry, and as Director of the Trace Organic Analysis Laboratory in the Chemical Toxicology Research Center.  He has involved numerous students in his research is on fundamental aspects of analytical separation science.

LeAne H. Rutherford, Instructional Development, Academic Affairs
LeAne Rutherford, associate professor, has had a lengthy connection with teaching and learning. Now in her 42nd year at the University of Minnesota Duluth, she worked in both the composition department (now writing studies) for 19 years and as a consultant and later the director of the Instructional Development Service (IDS) for approximately 23 years. Practicing what she professed, in 1984 she began in earnest to experiment with writing and publishing creative nonfiction articles in both commercial and academic magazines and journals ranging from The Wall Street Journal to the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer to To Improve the Academy. To date, she has published approximately 60 articles. Before joining UMD in 1971 as a writing instructor in a host of different writing courses, she taught for eleven years in the Duluth Public Schools. 

Terrie Shannon, Education, CEHSP
Dr. Terrie Shannon  received her Ph.D. degree from Cornell University.  She began her employment at UMD in 1973 in the Home Economics Dept., then moved to the Dept. of Child and Family Development, which later merged into the Department of Education.   She served as Department Head and Associate Dean in the College of Education and Human Service Professions for several years, with a special focus on state and national accreditation of teacher education programs.  Dr. Shannon received the University of Minnesota President’s Award for Outstanding Service in 2003 for her work in establishing the Ruth A. Myers Endowed Chair in American Indian Education.  Most recently she has been teaching technology courses in teacher education and doctoral programs, exploring ways to use technology to enhance student learning.  Her husband, Lyle Shannon, teaches in the Biology Department at UMD.

Melanie Shepard, Social Work, CEHSP
Dr. Melanie Shepard began teaching at UMD in 1983 after working several years as a social worker. She was promoted to full professor in 2001, and served eight years as department head and eight years as director of graduate studies in the Department of Social Work. She also served in several different capacities in the University Education Association, including president. Her research career focused primarily in the field of domestic violence. She was also was the principal investigator on grants in the fields of child welfare and mental health.

Other Retirees:
Paul Deputy, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Robert McFarland, Mathematics & Statistics, SCSE
Marian Stachowicz, Electrical Engineering, SCSE
Michael Sydor, Physics, SCSE

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