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UMD Announces Recipients of Faculty Awards and the Retirement of Six Faculty Members

(from left) Aydin Yucesan Durgunoglu, Paula J. Pedersen, and Stanley R. Wold. (Not pictured, Sandy Woolum)

UMD announced the following faculty award recipients for the 2010-2011 academic year. The winners were honored at a reception at UMD on May 4.

Chancellor's Award for Excellence

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.

Paula J. Pedersen, assistant professor, Psychology, CEHSP

Pedersen holds a B.A. from Luther College (cum laude) with a double major in psychology and communications, an M.A. in educational psychology/counseling from UMD, and an Ed.D. from the University of Minnesota in Educational Policy and Administration with an emphasis in teaching and learning.

A licensed psychologist, she worked as a school counselor and community therapist prior to joining the faulty at UMD in 1990. Along with her love of teaching, Pedersen has a deep passion for addressing issues of equity and justice. She is very involved in the campus community at UMD including the Campus Climate Change Team, Diversity Commission, GLBT Advisory Commission, and CEHSP's Social Justice Action Coalition.

Pedersen's research focuses on teaching pedagogy and learning outcomes. She has published in the areas of program evaluation, teaching and learning, and human sexuality. Her current research looks at the "pedagogy of change" and intercultural effectiveness as a student learning outcome. She has presented her work at national and international conferences. In 2009, she received the CEHSP teaching award and in 2000 she earned the CEHSP Outstanding Faculty award and UMD's Outstanding Advisement award.

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.

Sandy Woolum, associate professor, Psychology, CEHSP

Woolum has a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. She is an associate professor of psychology and a licensed psychologist. She has been affiliated with the Duluth YMCA for more than fifteen years and has served as the program evaluator for Mentor Duluth, True North AmeriCorps, 21st Century Out of School Time Programs, and the Lake Superior Initiative. Her community connections have provided numerous opportunities for psychology interns, honors students, and research students.

Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award
Faculty members who receive this award are honored for their excellence in research, scholarly contributions to their field, and for their dedication to student research in education.

Aydin Yucesan Durgunoglu, professor, Psychology, CEHSP

Durgunoglu received her B.S. in psychology from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in cognitive psychology from Purdue University. She has been a visiting professor at Bogazici University in Istanbul and teaches cross-cultural psychology with colleagues at Linnaeus University (Sweden) and Makerere University (Uganda).

Durgunoglu's main research area is language and literacy development in different contexts, such as monolinguals speaking different languages. She also studies how first-language literacy skills of bilinguals influence their second language literacy development. Her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Spencer Foundation. She has authored more than thirty papers and book chapters, delivered over sixty conference presentations, and edited two books. Moving the theoretical work to a more applied setting, she and her colleagues have developed an adult literacy program in Turkey and have been researching its impact. The program, which won a UNESCO literacy prize in 2005, has reached over 100,000 people, mostly women with no or a few years of schooling.

Her adult literacy works in the United States is examining how Hmong- and Spanish-speaking adults develop English literacy skills and comprehend complex information, such as healthcare. She is currently serving as a member of a National Academies taskforce on Adolescent and Adult Literacy. She is guided in her research by the principle that education is a basic human right and literacy empowers people.

Outstanding Faculty Adviser Awards
These awards are given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students.
Jefferson Campbell, assistant professor, Music, SFA
Ed Downs, assistant professor, Communication, CLA
Kent Brorson, associate professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders, CEHSP
Dan Pope, associate professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, SCSE
Steve Castleberry, professor, Marketing, LSBE

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.

Stanley R. Wold, professor, Music, School of Fine Arts
Wold joined the UMD music faculty in the fall of 1984. Since that time, he has taught undergraduate choral conducting, secondary vocal music education and voice, and support courses for the master of music degree. Having earned degrees from Concordia College (Moorhead), University of Southern California, and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Wold is now head of the voice area and director of choral activities. His research has been in two primary areas: seeking out and performing choral music from global sources, and organizing and conducting an auditioned civic chamber choir in the Twin Ports (Arrowhead Chorale).

Wold has conducted UMD's University Singers at state and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference, and in venues such as the National Stage in Nairobi; cathedrals in Paris, Vienna, Berlin, San Jose (Costa Rica); an arts center in Dar es Salaam; and Carnegie Hall. He has been an American delegate at world symposia of the International Federation for Choral Music in cities such as Vancouver, Rotterdam, Sydney, Copenhagen, and (August, 2011) Puerto Madryn (Argentina).


UMD announced the retirement of six faculty members for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Jeanne Doty, associate professor, Department of Music
Doty has performed over 200 concerts during her tenure at UMD, including performances in Italy, Costa Rica, Finland, and Norway. Most recently she, together with her colleague Tracy Lipke-Perry, commissioned and premiered a piece by the American composer Libby Larsen (79 Fossil Gestures of Antonio Alberto de Biedma, March 2011). Her colleagues have described Doty as a person with “impeccable musicianship and stellar ensemble skills, as well as being a first-rate human being.” She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and a Masters degree from Indiana University.

Mark A. Fugelso, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Fugelso is an internationally known expert on computer controlled cutter-grinding machinery. He earned a Ph.D. degree at the University of Wisconsin in 1978 under S.M. Wu. He also earned degrees at Stanford and the University of Minnesota. In 2002 he was the spark plug for the creation of the Mechanical Engineering program at UMD. Early in his career he worked as a rocket scientist at United Technology Center in California. He worked on the predecessors of the rocket engines that powered the space shuttle. He also has substantial experience as a consulting engineer for many organizations. Presently, he resides in Falmouth Maine.

John Fulkrod, track and cross country coach and professor, Department of Chemistry

Fulkrod concluded a 43-year career of teaching chemistry and coaching cross country and track and field in January 2011. He first taught and coached for four years in high school in Illinois. After earning his graduate degree in chemistry, he taught various college chemistry courses at the University of Minnesota Waseca from Sept. 1971 until the campus closed in Aug. 1992. He also started the cross country and track programs at Waseca and coached the teams for 21 years. He came to UMD in Sept. 1992, taught freshman chemistry, and coached cross country and track.

Michael Linn, professor of Linguistics, Department of Writing Studies
Linn came to UMD in 1977 after being tenured at Virginia Commonwealth University. He was promoted to associate professor in 1982 and to full professor in 1984. In his 34-year career, he edited or co-edited five books and wrote over one hundred and fifty articles. He twice served on the English Language Commission and was a member of the board of directors of the National Council of Teachers of English. He was president of the American Dialect Society, vice president of the International Society of Dialectologists and Geolinguists, a distinguished scholar at the Hungarian Academy of Science and a lecturer at the Karelian Research Center of the Russian Academy of Science. Linn was elected to the International Association of University of Professors of English, served on the editorial board of American Speech, and on the advisory boards for the Linguistic Atlases of the North Central States and the Atlantic States. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Russia and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Petrozavodsk University.

Henry Person, associate professor, Operations Management
Person first joined UMD in 1974. In his 35 years at UMD, Person taught courses in several areas making use of his interests in quantitative analysis, statistics, computer-based information systems, and operations management. He chaired and served on the M.B.A. Committee, served as head of the (then) Department of Business Administration in the UMD School of Business and Economics (1982-84), and helped with the formation of the current Department of Finance and Management Information Sciences. Person received his Ph.D. in business (operations research) from the University of Kansas School of Business in 1974. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1980. In addition, he held visiting appointments at both the Kansas University School of Business (1976-77) and the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Public Administration (1979-80).

Edward K. Stauffer, associate professor, Physiology and Pharmacology

Stauffer joined the UMD School of Medicine in August 1975, when the school was located in the Laboratory Building on the lower campus. Over his 36 years at UMD, he taught in the areas of membrane electrophysiology, neurotransmission, sensory and muscle physiology, and gastrointestinal physiology. His collaboration was instrumental in the design/creation of lecture and laboratory courses in physiology for undergraduates and graduates at UMD, and he served as course director for several of the courses. His research in the areas of the sensory mechanisms associated with the spinal regulation of muscle contraction; and the effects of the HIV virus on neuronal excitability resulted in numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and many presentations at national neuroscience meetings. Stauffer received his B.S. and M.S. in zoology/physiology from Utah State University and his Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Arizona. He and his wife, Regis (also retired from Communication Sciences and Disorders at UMD), plan to retire to Green Valley, Ariz. where he will assuage his addiction to golf.

Written by Cheryl Reitan.

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