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Shannon Stevenson  
Shannon Stevenson, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching  
Victor Nemykin  
Victor Nemykin, Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Research/Creative Activity  
Shane Courtland  
Shane D. Courtland, Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Public Service  
Chongwon Park  
Chongwon Park, Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award  
Priscilla Day  
Priscilla Day, President’s Award for Outstanding Service  
Brian McInnes  
Brian D. McInnes, Horace T. Morse Alumni Association Award  

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Shannon Stevenson, Biology, SCSE
Seminar topic: "Engaging diverse students with active learning”
This award recognizes faculty for contributions to the teaching mission of UMD. It honors faculty for innovative pedagogy, development of creative and critical thinking, student mentoring, commitment to liberal education, and leadership and impact within a department.
Shannon Stevenson received her B.A. in biology from Carleton College (Northfield, MN) and her Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California Berkeley where she focused her research on the role of signal transduction in cancer cell growth.  She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco studying host-pathogen interactions before joining the faculty at UMD in 2007. Stevenson now focuses on exploring methods for improving teaching of large introductory courses and is interested in how active learning in the classroom can improve student success and engagement in biology. She has also worked to improve writing instruction in the Department of Biology and helped develop the Duluth Journal of Undergraduate Biology as a venue for UMD students to publish their scientific work.  

Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Research/Creative Activity

Viktor Nemykin, Chemistry & Biochemistry, SCSE
Seminar topic: "New materials for solar energy conversion, nano-scale electronics, and imaging"
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.
Victor Nemykin is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMD. He obtained his B.S./M.S. degree from Kiev State University, Ukraine and Ph.D. from the Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine. After spending several years at Tohoku University in Japan and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Nemykin joined UMD in 2004. He is co-author of more than 170 peer-reviewed research papers and three book chapters and currently is among top five most cited researchers at UMD. His research in the field of functional materials attracted more than $2.1 million dollars in funding over the last 10 years. Nemykin advises about 20 graduate and over 40 undergraduate research students at UMD.

Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Public Service

Shane D. Courtland, Philosophy, CLA
Seminar topic: "The Importance of a University's Commitment to Public Outreach"
This award honors faculty who have demonstrated extraordinary and sustained commitment to public service and community engagement.
Shane D. Courtland received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Tulane University and he is currently an assistant professor in philosophy at UMD. He is also the director of the Center for Ethics and Public Policy. He has published articles on Hobbesian applied ethics in the Journal of Environmental Philosophy and the Journal of Applied Philosophy. Courtland is currently working on an edited volume, Hobbesian Applied Ethics and Public Policy (Routledge 2017). His other publications have appeared in Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Hobbes StudiesJournal of Mind & Behavior (forthcoming), Reason Papers, the Stanford Encyclopedia of PhilosophySouthwest Philosophy Review, and Routledge’s Political Ethics (forthcoming).  Since September 2011, Courtland has been the director of UMD's Center for Ethics and Public Policy. The center holds public lectures and panel discussions that frequently attract media attention. For his work with the center, he has been featured in an article “4 under 40” in Duluth~Superior Magazine. In addition, he has had some success fundraising for the center. In the last 14 months, Courtland has raised over $40,000 in grants from foundations. 

Albert Texla Teacher/Scholar Award

Chongwon Park, Writing Studies, CLA
This award is given 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.
Chongwon Park is associate professor of linguistics and head of the Department of Writing Studies, where he has taught since 2005. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005. His research interests include cognitive linguistics, syntax, and morphology, and he teaches both lower and upper division linguistics courses on those topics. He is the author of over two dozen research articles. He has recently published articles in Studies in Language, Linguistics, Constructions and Frames, and others.


President’s Award for Outstanding Service

Priscilla Day, Social Work, CEHSP
This award recognizes exceptional service to the University of Minnesota, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units.
Priscilla Day
, professor, teaches and serves as head of the Department of Social Work. She also serves a director for the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare. She wrote "Bridging our understanding: American Indian family preservation,” for the Minnesota Department of Human Service and provides training on that subject. Her areas of research are American Indian family preservation and culturally competent practice.

Horace T. Morse Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

Brian D. McInnes, Education, CEHSP
The University of Minnesota Alumni Association presents this award for excellence in teaching, research, creative activities, advising, academic program development, and educational leadership.

Brian D. McInnes
is a professional educator dedicated to diversity education, youth engagement, and organizational leadership. Brian is an assistant professor in UMD’s Department of Education, where he teaches in both undergraduate licensure and graduate programs. As the coordinator of the Ojibwe Education, and contact person for the Teaching World Languages (French, German, Spanish) programs, Brian helps develop intercultural understanding through celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity in his work He has founded programs such as the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Enweyang Ojibwe Language Nest, and helps empower his students in creating their own spaces for critical change and inspired learning. He has received over one million dollars in grants for language revitalization and developing leadership skills for youth-at-risk. His latest work, Sounding Thunder: The Stories of Francis Pegahmagabow, will be published in 2016 by Michigan State University Press.

UMD 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.

Outstanding Graduate Faculty Advisor Award
Dalibor Froncek, Math & Statistics, SCSE

Outstanding Faculty Advisor Awards
Wendy Anderson, Social Work, CEHSP
Steve Bardolph, Art & Design, SFA
Paul Bates, Biology, SCSE
Krista Sue-Lo Twu, English, CLA
Lin Xiu, Management Studies, LSBE

Dalibor Wendy Steve Paul Krista Lin
Dalibor Froncek, SCSE Wendy Anderson, CEHSP Steve Bardolph, Art & Design, SFA Paul Bates, Biology, SCSE Krista Sue-Lo Twu, English, CLA Lin Xiu, Management Studies, LSBE


Retired Faculty for 2015 - 2016

Robert Carlson, Chemistry, SCSE
Robert Carlson (B. Chem. University of Minnesota; PhD, Princeton University) accepted a position at UMD after completing a NIH research fellowship at Harvard University. He taught courses in organic chemistry, chemical toxicology and chemical biology. He conducted basic and applied research in environmental chemistry, natural product isolation and synthesis and materials science. He also served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration and was instrumental in creating several new programs, including what are now know as the Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) and the Advanced Materials Science Center. His research led to numerous publications and patents, as well as the development of four company “start-ups” (Apprise Technologies, NaturNorth, RECEPTORS, and Tundra Companies).

Barry James, Math, SCSE
After receiving his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in Statistics, Barry James spent 16 years at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics in Rio de Janeiro, where he and his wife Kang Ling James helped to start one of the first graduate programs in Statistics in Brazil. He joined UMD in 1988 and served for six years as Director of Graduate Studies and five years as department head of Mathematics and Statistics. He won UMD's Jean G. Blehart Teaching Award in 1996 and has served as advisor to more than 40 UMD Master's students. He and Kang have participated in a summer research group at the University of California at Berkeley since 1990, and his book on probability, written in Portuguese in 1980 and translated into Spanish, has been widely used in South America.

Kang James, Math, SCSE
Kang Ling James obtained her PhD from the University of California-Berkeley in Statistics. After spending some years at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics in Rio de Janeiro, helping to start one of the first graduate programs in Statistics in Brazil, James joined UMD in 1988. She was Director of Undergraduate Studies from 1991-2004, and she served as advisor to more than 60 graduate students. Her research interests are: nonparametric statistics, change point problems and biometric research. She was the recipient of the CSE Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award in 1999, UMD’s Jean G. Blehart Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002 and UM system-wide award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education in 2009.

James Miller, Earth & Environmental Science, SCSE
James Miller earned his PhD in geology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 1986.  In 1985, he joined the U of MN's Minnesota Geological Survey, based in St. Paul, as a senior geologist. During his 25 years at the MGS, his research focused on field mapping and petrologic and metallogenic studies of the igneous rocks of northeastern Minnesota.  In 2000, he relocated to Duluth and served as an adjunct professor at UMD while continuing his MGS duties.  In 2007, he developed and became director of the Precambrian Research Center at UMD, which seeks to training students in field mapping methods best suited to Canadian Shield geology.  In 2008, he left the MGS and was given a tenured half-time faculty appointment in the Department of Geological Sciences. During his time at UMD, he has taught nine different courses and has advised over 20 MS graduate students. Miller currently resides in Thunder Bay, Ontario with his wife, Louise.

Bruce Munson, Education, CEHSP
Bruce Munson started his career as a licensed secondary life science teacher, then went on to earn an MS in Zoology and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Science Education) from the University of Minnesota. He began working for the university as an extension educator in the Minnesota Sea Grant Extension Program in 1978. In 1988 he began working with undergraduate and graduate students in education and environmental education as a member of the faculty in the Department of Education at UMD. Munson has served the university in a number of administrative roles. Munson was awarded numerous grants, including significant grants from NOAA and NSF, related to his professional areas of expertise: curriculum development and teacher professional development.

Alexis Pogorelskin, History, CLA
Alexis Pogorelskin earned her PhD from Yale. She won a Rhodes Visiting Fellowship to St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. She has held visiting professorships to the Universities of Moscow and Leningrad as well as a Visiting Fulbright Professorship to the Russian State University for the Humanities. She edits the journal The NEP Era, Soviet History, 1921-1928. In 2015 she was the first Vera Brittain Fellow in Women and War at Chawton House, U.K. She came to UMD in 1987 where she chaired the History Department for 19 years and introduced courses on all areas of Russian history, the Holocaust, and the history of Hollywood. Her book on the Nazis and Hollywood is forthcoming with Northwestern University Press.

James P. Riehl, SCSE
James P. Riehl received a BS degree from Villanova University, and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Purdue. He joined the faculty in Chemistry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1978, and later moved to Michigan Tech University. In 2000 he accepted the position as Dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at UMD. He stepped down as Dean in 2014. He also held visiting faculty positions at Kings College, London, and the University of Leiden. He has authored or coauthored more than 100 research publications and two books. 

Gary Shute, Computer Science, SCSE
Gary Shute earned his PhD in Mathematics at Michigan State University and accepted his first teaching position at University of Wisconsin – Parkside. He took graduate courses in computer science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and then in 1985, he began his career in the UMD computer science department. Over his 31 years at UMD, he taught a variety of computer science courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His recent research has been in the philosophy of computer science.

Harlan Stech, Math, SCSE
Harlan Stech earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics from UMD in 1971. After receiving his PhD in mathematics from Michigan State University, he taught for ten years at Virginia Tech. Over his career he also held visiting positions at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Heidelberg.  He returned to UMD in 1986 to help establish the graduate program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, and served as department head from 1996 to 2005. His research in mathematical epidemiology, environmental modeling and scientific computation involved many students, and was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, AFOSR and DARPA. 

Nkasa T. Yelengi, History, CLA
Nkasa T. Yelengi received his PhD in African history from the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. He joined the UMD Department of History in November 1994 to begin the African history program. His research and publications have focused on the economic and labor history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo during Belgian rule, 1870s - 1960. He has taught a wide range of courses in African and European history and has served on numerous committees, including Human Diversity and CLA's Academic Affairs for many years. Yelengi and family plan to retire to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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