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Faculty members will be recognized at a special campus reception on Monday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m. in Griggs Center.The Distinguished Research Award was presented on December 10.

University of Minnesota Duluth Awards
Jean G. Blehart Distinguished Teaching Award
Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award
Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award
Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award
Academy of Distinguished Teachers

University of Minnesota System Awards

Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education
Horace T. Morse Award
John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
President's Award for Outstanding Service

National Awards

University of Minnesota Duluth Awards

Jean G. Blehart Distinguished Teaching Award

This honor is given each year to a faculty member who has made contributions to the teaching mission of UMD that are of extraordinary quality.

** Professor Tom Isbell, Department of Theatre, is this year's recipient of the Jean G. Blehart Distinguished Teaching Award. This honor is given each year to a faculty member who has made contributions to the teaching mission of UMD that are of extraordinary quality. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Tom Isbell spent his professional career acting in theatre, film and television. He has taken two productions to the Kennedy Center as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival: Dear Finder in 1999 (co-written with seven students), and The Movie Game in 2002 (written by UMD alum Adam Hummel). A member of the UMD theatre faculty since 1994, Isbell was awarded the Horace T. Morse Distinguished Teacher award in 2002, the highest undergraduate teaching honor given within the University of Minnesota system. His book, Lessons: The Craft of Acting, was released in April, 2006, published by Meriwether Press. His most recent play was Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major, which opened at the Kennedy Center's Family Theatre in October, 2006, and is currently on a four-month national tour that began in January 2008.

Professor Isbell will receive his award during a ceremony and reception to be held Monday, April 28th at 2:30 p.m. in Griggs Center. .

Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award

This honor is given each semester to recognize the a faculty member who has been identified for their excellence in research, for their scholarly contributions to their respective field, and for exceptional contributions to student research in education.

** Matthew T. Andrews, Professor, Biology
Dr. Andrews is Professor and Head of the Department of Biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and founding Director of Graduate Studies of the Integrated Biosciences graduate program. He received his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Michigan in 1979, M.S. in Biology from Central Michigan University in 1981, and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1984. From 1984 to 1987 Dr. Andrews was a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Donald D. Brown in the Department of Embryology at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. His service as a faculty member began as an Assistant and later Associate Professor of Genetics at North Carolina State University where he served from 1987 to 2000. In 2000 Dr. Andrews began his faculty position at UMD which included a joint appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine Duluth. His research on genes that control hibernation in mammals has resulted in funding from the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His work has prompted the Department of Defense to request his help organizing conferences and workshops on hibernation as it applies to human stasis including a DARPA workshop in 2000 on "Engineering Hypometabolic States in Humans: Applications of Lessons Derived from Natural Hibernation" held in Arlington, VA. Dr. Andrews has been active in the field of hibernation since 1995 and has used his background in molecular biology and protein-DNA interactions to identify genes that regulate mammalian hibernation. Since 2005 he has been involved in translational biomedical research applying the molecular biology of hibernation to the development of novel resuscitation fluids and a patented therapy for hemorrhagic shock..

Outstanding Faculty Adviser Awards

Outstanding Faculty Adviser Awards are given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students.
- Alison Aune, Associate Professor of Art & Design, School of Fine Arts
- Kristelle Miller, Professor of Psychology, College of Education and Human Service Professions
- Jennifer Schultz, Assistant Professor of Economics, Labovitz School of Business and Economics
- Lyle Shannon, Instructor of Biology, Swenson College of Science and Engineering
- Eileen Zeitz, Professor of Foreign Languages & Literatures, College of Liberal Arts

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.

** John Arthur, Professor, Sociology/Anthropology
Dr. John A. Arthur received his doctorate in Sociology from The Pennsylvania State University, where he specialized in Criminology and Demography. He obtained his master’s degree in Sociology from the University of New Brunswick, Canada; and bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology, Ghana, double majoring in Law and Sociology. He joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at UMD in 1993, and prior to that he was a faculty member at Augusta State University in Georgia. Amongst his research interests are international criminology, criminal justice systems, African Studies, inequality, race and ethnic relations, and international migration studies. As an active member of the University community, he headed the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 2002-2005; served as director with the Study Abroad Program in Birmingham in 2005-2006; currently serves on many CLA committees; and other committees on-and-off campus. Dr. Arthur is the recipient of multiple grants that have aided in his research publication with three books and two more in progress. This year, his most current book, The African Diaspora in the United States and Europe: The Ghanaian Experience was released by Ashgate Publishing Company, UK.

The next ceremony will be held on April 28, 2008.

Stephen Adams, English, 1999-2000
Praveen Aggarwal, Department of Marketing, 2006-2007
Curt Anderson, Center for Economic Education, 1985-1986
Thomas Bacig, Sociology/Anthropology, 1971-1972
Ann Aiko Bergeron, Theatre, 1991-1992
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
Richard W. Lichty, Economics, 1990-1991
Helen Mongan-Rallis, Education, 1994-1995
Howard D. Mooers, Geological Sciences, 2002-2003
John Newstrom, Management Studies, 1999-2000
A. Maureen O’Brien, Economics, 1988-1989
Jon L. Pierce, Management Studies, 2004-2005
Eileen M. Zeitz, Foreign Languages and Literatures, 1996-1997

University of Minnesota System Awards

Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education

Not awarded to UMD faculty every year

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.

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.

Kenneth L. Gilbertson, associate professor, Department of Health,
Physical Education and Recreation, University of Minnesota Duluth

Rajiv Vaidyanathan, professor, Department of Marketing, Labovitz
School of Business and Economics, University of Minnesota Duluth


Not awarded every year

National Awards

Not awarded every year

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