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 UMD FACULTY AWARDS — 2009

UMD FACULTY WIN AWARDS

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Faculty members were recognized at a special campus reception on Monday, April 27, 2009 in Griggs Center.The Distinguished Research Award was presented on December 8, 2008.

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

University of Minnesota System Awards

Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education
Horace T. Morse Award
Academy of Distinguished Teachers
John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
President's Award for Outstanding Service
Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award

National Awards

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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.

Curt L. Anderson, professor of economics

Curt L. Anderson is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Education at the Labovitz School of Business and Economics. He completed both his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Wyoming. His research interests are in the fields of natural resource and environmental economics as well as economic education. He has authored articles appearing in numerous journals and has written several grade K-12 curriculum books including Economics and the Environment, A Yen to Trade, and Seas, Trees, and Economies, and numerous lessons in other publications. He is the creator of the Council for Economic Education's National Economics Challenge. Anderson has provided economic education workshops throughout Minnesota, the U.S., and the world including Japan, Australia, South Africa, Russia, Latvia, Ukraine, and former Soviet republics in Central Asia. He was inducted into the University of Minnesota Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 1999 and has received numerous awards for his service and contributions to quality education from the University of Minnesota, the Council on Economic Education, and the National Association of Economic Educators.

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.

** Vicki Hansen, professor of geological sciences
Vicki Hansen earned her degrees in Geology: B.A. from Carleton College (1980), M.S. from University of Montana (1983) and Ph.D. from UCLA (1987). Hansen joined the faculty at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1987 where she advanced to Associate (1993) and Full Professor (1997); she served as Chair of the new-formed Environmental Science Program (1998-2000). At SMU Hansen received the Sigma Xi Outstanding Research Award and the Phi Beta Kappa Perrine Prize. Hansen joined the faculty at UMD in 2002 as McKnight Presidential Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences; she served as the Geoscience Director of Graduate Studies from 2003-07. Hansen's research and teaching interests include understanding how rocky/icy planets work, evolve, and lose heat; in short, how they tick. She is particularly fascinated with the bending and breaking of planet surfaces, and the resulting record of operative planetary processes, especially on Earth and Venus. Fundamentally it all comes down to rheology - an excuse to play with her food, and encourage students to do the same.

Hansen has served on editorial boards for Geology and Geological Society of America Bulletin, and on review/advisory panels for American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, Lunar and Planetary Institute, NSF, NASA, and the Smithsonian. She currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Geological Research. She is a Geological Society of America Fellow, and member of AGU, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi. Hansen has authored over 60 refereed papers or book chapters, 11 geologic maps, and over 130 conference presentations, many with students.

Outstanding Faculty Adviser Awards

Outstanding Faculty Adviser Awards are given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students.
- Janice Kmetz, associate professor of art & design, School of Fine Arts
- Jennifer Mencl, assistant professor of management studies, Labovitz School of Business and Economics
- Bruce Mork, instructor of sociology/anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
- Steve Sternberg, associate professor of chemical engineering, Swenson College of Science and Engineering
- Anne Tellett, assistant professor of social work, College of Education and Human Service Professions

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.

** Eve Browning, professor of philosophy

Eve Browning majored in Philosophy at the University of Florida, where she was a junior year inductee into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California San Diego. Prior to joining the UMD faculty, she held faculty appointments at the University of California Riverside, Ohio State University, and the University of Denver. She specializes in ancient philosophy and classical studies generally. She is also interested in ethics, the endlessly fascinating history of western philosophy and its dominant ideas, philosophy of art, philosophy of mind, the study of emotion, and the creative train wreck that is popular culture. She has published books and articles in all of these areas.

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.

Stephen B. Castleberry, professor of marketing
Stephen B. Castleberry, Ph.D. has been a Professor of Marketing in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics since 1992. Prior to joining UMD he held positions at Northern Illinois University (UARCO Professor of Sales and Marketing endowed chair) and the University of Georgia. He has been department chairperson at both NIU and UMD. Castleberry has published over forty refereed journal articles in national publications and is the co-author of a best-selling textbook, now in its seventh edition. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Business Research (was marketing editor of this journal) and the Journal of Selling and Major Account Management. He has done consulting work for international as well as regional businesses and appeared in eight segments of a PBS special on personal selling called The Sales Connection. Current areas of research include informal organization of sales teams, sales training, salesperson listening, and business ethics. He has received numerous awards including the LSBE Faculty Service Award, Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year Award, Hormel Meritorious Teaching Award, Ideal Industries Excellence in Teaching Award, Merrell Dow Outstanding Teacher of the Year, NCR Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Undergraduate Program, and others.

Carmen M. Latterell, associate professor, mathematics and statistics
Carmen M. Latterell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and mathematics education from the College of St. Scholastica in 1988. She taught as a secondary mathematics teacher for a year, and then returned to school, earning a Master of Science Degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1991. She held the position of Instructor of Mathematics at UMD for the next six years, before returning to school again to earn a PhD in mathematics education from the University of Iowa. In 2000, she returned to UMD as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics, obtaining promotion to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure in 2006. Latterell's area of interest is in students' dispositions, interests, and motivations with respect to learning mathematics, including motivations to participate in activities in mathematics classrooms as well as motivations to major in mathematics and/or mathematics education. She has published over 40 articles, as well as 2 books, in the area of mathematics education. She has won the College of Science and Engineering Young Teacher Award (2006) and the Jean G. Blehart Distinguished Teaching Award (2007). Currently, she is the Principle Investigator on a $3 million National Science Foundation grant that aims to increase mathematics and science graduate students' ability to communicate with secondary students, secondary teachers' ability to teach inquiry lessons in mathematics and science, and secondary students' interest in mathematics and science.

Justin Rubin, professor of music
Prolific in a variety of artistic disciplines, Justin Rubin (b.1971), composer, painter, organist/pianist, multimedia artist, and author, was initially educated under the tutelage of his father. He subsequently pursued formal training at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division between 1986 and 1989. He graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1992 with the distinction of Summa Cum Laude where he studied composition, organ, and art history. Continuing at Purchase, Rubin graduated in 1994 with a Master of Fine Arts in composition while beginning to explore performance art and multimedia presentations. Following a Fulbright Scholarship in organ musicology to Denmark in 1994, he continued his studies at the University of Arizona (1995-98) under the guidance of Daniel Asia while completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition. One piece exemplifying Rubin's compositional concerns that was completed during this period was distinguished with a BMI Student Composer Award (1997). He has had performances of his compositions by the Minnesota Orchestra and chamber ensembles around the world. He has recorded as a pianist on the Mode and Vandenburg labels and performed in Europe and across the country. His first solo composition CD, Nostalgia, was recently released by Innova Recordings. He has articles published in The Schubertian, The American Organist, and The Sorabji Archives. He has received grants for his compositions by the Jerome Foundation, Meet-the-Composer, the McKnight Foundation, and the University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study.

Not awarded to UMD faculty every year

Praveen Aggarwal, Department of Marketing, 2006-2007
Curt Anderson, Center for Economic Education, 1985-1986
Ann Aiko Bergeron, Theatre, 1991-1992
Stephen B. Castleberry, Sr., Marketing, 2008-2009
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
Carmen Latterell, Mathematics and Statistics, 2008-2009
Helen Mongan-Rallis, Education, 1994-1995
Howard D. Mooers, Geological Sciences, 2002-2003
A. Maureen O’Brien, Economics, 1988-1989
Jon L. Pierce, Management Studies, 2004-2005
Justin Rubin, Music, 2008-2009
Eileen M. Zeitz, Foreign Languages and Literatures, 1996-1997

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.

Not awarded every year

Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award

** Susana Pelayo-Woodward, Director, Office of Cultural Diversity is the 2009 recipient of the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award for the University of Minnesota system. Pelayo-Woodward has worked at UMD since 1992. She holds Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Studies, and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her areas of study and interest include Feminist movements in Latin America; Latinos participation in education; and race, class and gender in the United States. She teaches a variety of courses on Human Diversity; Women, Race and Class; Latin American Women; Culture and Politics; Introduction to Women's Studies; and Women and Film.In addition to her teaching, she oversees academic and cultural programming, and facilitates leadership development on the UMD campus. She also works in the Twin Ports community with diversity awareness and international educational programs. She is the recipient of the City of Duluth, Peace Maker Award (1998), UMD Outstanding Service Award (1999), University of Minnesota President's Award for Outstanding Service (2002), UMD College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award (2004), and the UMD Commission on Women Linda M. Larson Women of the Year Award (2004). In 2007, she received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award. Pelayo-Woodward received the award on April 20, 2009 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Not awarded every year

National Awards

Not awarded every year

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