UMD Honors for 2015


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The recipients of the Tezla award and the Chancellor's teaching, research, and service awards for 2014-2015 were presented on Thursday, April 30 in the Kirby Rafters. The Teaching, Research/Creative Activity, and Public Service seminars were presented at 2 pm, followed by an all-faculty awards presentation and reception.

University of Minnesota Duluth Awards
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Research/Creative Activity
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

Steve Castleberry  
Steve Castleberry, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching  
Eugene Koshinski  
Eugene Koshinski, Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Research/Creative Activity  
Julia Williams  
Julia Williams, Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Public Service  
Ann Bergeron  
Ann Bergeron, Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award  

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.

Steve Castleberry, professor, Marketing, LSBE
Seminar topic: "A Lifetime of Learning from Master Teachers”

Stephen B. Castleberry (Ph.D. and M.A., University of Alabama; B.B.A. Middle Tennessee StateUniversity) has been Professor of Marketing and Business Ethics in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics, UMD, since 1992 where he teaches marketing and business ethics courses. Prior to joining UMD he was the UARCO Professor of Sales and Marketing at Northern Illinois University. Steve has been honored with a number of awards while at UMD: Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year Award, UMD Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, Horace T. Morse-Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, Hormel Meritorious Teaching Award, and others. Dr. Castleberry has published over 45 refereed journal articles in national and international publications, is the co-author of nine editions of Selling: Building Partnerships by McGraw Hill (with English, Spanish and Chinese editions), and serves on a number of editorial boards. Steve's interests outside of University responsibilities include everything related to living on his 100 acre certified organic farm in northern Wisconsin, being a firefighter and engineer on the Lakeside Volunteer Fire Department, and managing the publishing company he owns.

Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Research/Creative Activity

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.

Eugene Koshinski, associate professor, Music, SFA
Seminar topic: “The 21st Century Artist”

Percussion artist, composer, and educator Dr. Gene Koshinski has delighted audiences worldwide withhis dynamic performances and creative programming. Koshinski is well known for his extraordinary versatility as a solo, chamber, symphonic, jazz, pop, and world music artist and has performed in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Jordan, Slovenia, Canada, and throughout the United States.

Throughout his career, Koshinski has worked with many notable performing organizations and artists including NFL Films, Late Show with David Letterman, Mary Wilson (the Supremes), David Samuels, Wycliffe Gordon, Tom Harrell, Bob Sheppard, Denis Diblasio, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Philadelphia Boys Choir, The Lettermen, Hartford Symphony, Minnesota Ballet, Percussive Arts Society International Convention (6 appearances), and is currently principal percussionist for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. For his work with NFL Films, he can be heard on the Emmy award-winning soundtrack A Century of NFL. His performances have also been heard on the CBS, PBS, and ESPN television networks as well as NPR. In addition, he has recorded for the Naxos, Innova, Centaur, MSR Classics, and Equilibrium record labels. As a composer, Koshinski was named the recipient of the 2012 ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize for best new score for large ensemble for his work Concerto for Marimba and Choir.

Koshinski holds degrees from West Chester University (BM) and The Hartt School, University of Hartford (MM and DMA). His method books, solo albums, and over 20 published compositions are distributed internationally, with many of his compositions receiving frequent global performances. Gene Koshinski is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and is sponsored by the following corporations: Pearl/Adams Instruments, Sabian Cymbals, Remo, and Innovative Percussion.

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.

Julia Williams, associate professor, Education, CEHSP

Julia M. Williams is an Associate Professor of Education in the College of Education and Human Service Professions. She teaches courses in assessment for the Secondary Education and Masters in Education programs, continuous improvement processes and community relations for the Educational Administration program, program evaluation for the Education Doctorate program, and she serves as Co-coordinator for Secondary Education and Co-DGS for the M.Ed. Dr. Williams holds a BS in Language Arts Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, as well as active licenses as Secondary School Principal and District Superintendent in Minnesota. She is currently serving on a half-time course release as Faculty on Special Assignment for the campus to work with program assessment and evaluation. Her research areas include the study and teaching of evaluation, program and school improvement, data-informed education processes, and course and large-scale assessment of learning. Williams has served as Lead Evaluator for accreditation of many schools and districts nationwide, and has designed recognized innovative processes and led evaluation teams for several significant multi-year, multi-site grants administered through UMD for agencies including the US Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and the Blandin Foundation. She has and continues to work closely in consultant and professional development roles with area school districts, as well as schools in St. Paul. Her work has been published in professional journals, as evaluation reports, and she has presented her research and led workshops in international conferences. Her book, Jules on Schools: Teaching, Learning and Everything In-Between, is currently being utilized as a required text on two college campuses.

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.

Ann Bergeron, professor, Theatre, SFA.

Ann Aiko Bergeron received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the Universityof California, Irvine, and Master of Fine Arts in Directing from The University of Texas at Austin. She received the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education in 1991. Ms. Bergeron was recognized as a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Teaching Artist in 2009. She is a two-time Fulbright-Hays Seminar awardee, representing American dance and theatre educators both in the Peoples Republic of China and in India. Ann has directed and/or choreographed over 60 musicals and plays, including LEGALLY BLONDE, DAMN YANKEES, FOOTLOOSE, SEUSSICAL, CRAZY FOR YOU, GUYS AND DOLLS, SWEET CHARITY, CABARET, INTO THE WOODS, CHICAGO, and the World Premiere of the musical THE ODYSSEY. Currently, she is the only University professor in the USA to be a certified Level II TAG teacher (Teaching with Acoustical Guidance).

Outstanding Faculty Advisor and Graduate Faculty Advisor Awards

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

David Beard, associate professor, Writing Studies, CLA
Emmanuel Enemuoh, associate professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, SCSE
Rachel Inselman, associate professor, Music, SFA
Carol Kivi, instructor, Psychology, CEHSP
Jill Klingner, associate professor, Finance Management Information Sciences, LSBE

The Outstanding Graduate Faculty Advisor Award was presented for the first time in 2015.

Rajiv Vaidyanathan, professor, Marketing, LSBE

David Beard Emmanuel Enemuoh Rachel Inselman Carol Kivi Jill Klinger UMD Professor Rajiv Vaidyanathan
David Beard, CLA Emmanuel Enemuoh, SCSE Rachel Inselman, SFA Carol Kivi, CEHSP Jill Klingner, LSBE Rajiv Vaidyanathan, LSBE


Retired Faculty for 2014 - 2015

Carol Bock, associate professor, English, CLA
Dr. Carol Bock earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982 and taught as an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii-Manoa before joining the UMD English faculty in 1984. She has served as department head and director of graduate studies, chaired the UM Grant-In-Aid Committee and the UMD Educational Policy Committee, co-chaired the UMD Liberal Education Task Force, and acted as interim associate dean of the graduate school for UMD and interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. Her publications and research have focused on early Victorian literature and book history. Over the years she has taught a wide range of literature courses, from freshman seminars and liberal education offerings to graduate courses in theory and her areas of specialization. She continues to live in Duluth, with her husband and former colleague, Marty Bock.

Martin Bock, professor, English, CLA
Martin Bock earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. He was assistant professor of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa before joining the UMD faculty in 1984. He served as the head of the English Department, as director of graduate studies, and as a member of the UM McKnight Land-Grant Professor selection committee. His research and publications have focused on medical history and the literary works of Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, and Malcolm Lowry. He has taught a wide range of courses at UMD focusing on modern English, Irish, and American literature. He lives in Duluth with his former colleague and wife, Carol Bock.

Carolyn Crouch, professor, Computer Science, SCSE
Dr. Carolyn Crouch holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University. Her research area is information retrieval. She has been an active member of the ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) throughout her career, serving as secretary, program chair, and editor of the SIGIR Forum. She was involved in initiating the Annual ACM-SIGIR International Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval and was a founding member of the Association for Women in Computing. She has served on the faculties of the University of Alabama and Tulane University as well as UMD, where she was Director of Graduate Studies from 1994-2014. She served as advisor to more than 50 graduate students. Her greatest interest as a first generation computer scientist lay in introducing and elucidating the essentials of computing so that future generations of computer scientists might build upon that foundation.

Tom Johnson, Regents Professor, Large Lakes Observatory, SCSE
Dr. Thomas Johnson received his Ph.D. in oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego. He held faculty positions at the UM-TC, UMD, and Duke University, where he was the director of the Duke/UNC Oceanographic Consortium. In 1994 he establish UMD's Large Lakes Observatory and served as its first director. He was a Fulbright Scholar to France and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and the Geological Society of America. He was awarded the W. H. Bradley Medal by the International Association of Limnogeologists, the UMD Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research, and a Regents Professorship of the University of Minnesota. His research focused on developing records of past climate change from sediment cores recovered from large lakes throughout the world, especially in tropical East Africa.

Duane Kaas, associate professor, Finance & Management Information Sciences, LSBE
Dr. Duane Kaas began a 41-year career in education in 1969 teaching at the public school, technical college and university level. During this time he earned a M.S. in education, a M.S. in horticulture and Ph.D. in vocational education from Iowa State University. Kaas joined the University of Minnesota Waseca campus in 1976 teaching courses in horticulture and co-director of the campus Cooperative Education Program. He served as president (1982-83) and founding member of the MinnKota CEA. Kaas transferred to the UMD campus in 1992 and developed the internship program for the Labovitz School of Business and Economics. He also served as a collegiate UROP coordinator for 21 years. His research interest focused on assessment of experiential education by developing student placements, student and employer evaluation techniques, and onsite follow-up with over 2500 business organizations.

Linda Krug, associate professor, Master of Advocacy & Political Leadership, CLA
Civically minded and practically oriented, Dr. Linda Krug spent much of her 28 years at UMD pursuing teaching and leadership roles. She served as head of the Women’s Studies department and the Communication department, president of the faculty union (UEA), dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and co-director of the Advocacy & Political Leadership Masters program. Along the way she taught courses on public speaking and leadership, penned a book, Presidential Perspectives on Space Exploration, and participated on numerous campus and community committees including the Duluth City Council and the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her M.A. & B.A. from Miami University (Ohio).

Duane Millslagle, professor, Health, Physical Education & Recreation, CEHSP
Professor Duane “Spike” Millslagle earned a doctorate in motor learning and control at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He taught for 42 years, starting with seven as a high school economics, social science, and physical education teacher and coach.  He came to UMD  from Northern State University (Aberdeen, SD) where he was a  professor and department head.  In his early years in higher education, he coached men’s and women's track and cross country at the NAIA, NCAA II, and NCAA I levels earning coach of the year honor several years.  His teaching and research expertise was in the area of motor learning, motor control, and psychology of sport and exercise.  He and his wife, Jackie, live in Savage, MN.

Dave Schimpf, associate professor, Biology, SCSEA
After earning a Ph. D. in ecology from Utah State University, Dr. Schimpf joined the UMD faculty in 1979.  He served as Biology’s department head, director of graduate studies, and director of the herbarium while teaching and publishing research in ecology and botany.  He held several positions in the faculty union.  Schimpf made the first discovery of over 50 plant species at the state or national level, and his collections are in some of the world’s great museums.  He brought successful new products into commerce at two different firms and consulted for the state on natural resources and human health.

Cindy Spillers, associate professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders, CEHSP
With her Ph.D. from the Wichita State University in 1982 in hand, Dr. Cindy Spillars accepted her first teaching position at the University of Maine – Orono, and joined the faculty at UMD in 1984. During her 30 years at UMD, she taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, supervised student interns in the Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing clinic, advised countless undergraduate students and many graduate student research projects. She began her career at UMD as the director of what became the Robert F. Pierce clinic. She subsequently served as the Director of Graduate Studies and as Department Head in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her professional areas of expertise included fluency disorders, voice disorders, and counseling issues related to communication disorders. She has presented and published papers in these three areas.

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