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Colleagues and friends gathered April 9 to celebrate the University’s most accomplished faculty and staff at the annual Faculty Excellence Awards. President Rodney Rogers, Board of Trustees Chair Megan Newlove and Dr. John Fischer, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, congratulated the honorees on their achievements in research, teaching, mentoring, advising, service, creative arts and collaborative work. Among those from the College of Arts and Sciences include:

  • Akiko Jones, senior lecturer in World Languages and Cultures and director of Asian Studies, named the 2018 Master Teacher. Presented this year by Student Alumni Ambassadors representative Rachel Eichenauer, the award honors a faculty member who demonstrates a commitment to student learning and growth within the classroom. For Jones, that commitment extends far beyond the classroom walls. READ MORE
  • Dr. Moira van Staaden, professor of biological sciences, granted a professorship of research excellence. A top scholar in her field of neuroethology, she has also become known as an internationally recognized expert in STEM education, dedicated to encouraging and increasing study in the STEM disciplines and to developing and sharing research-based instructional practices. READ MORE
  • Janet Ballweg, professor and head of the printmaking area in the School of Art, granted a Professorship of Creative Arts Excellence. “Through her innovative studio practice and her dedication to sharing it with students and colleagues, Janet has made herself central to conversations reassessing the nature and future direction of her discipline,” said nominator Charlie Kanwischer, director of the School of Art. READ MORE
  • Dr. Neal Jesse, professor of political science, granted a Professorship of Teaching Excellence. In his 18 years at BGSU, Jesse has taught an expansive variety of classes and designed curriculum and courses in not only political science but also international programs, Honors and even fire administration, bringing to each his zest for the subject matter and the most effective teaching methods. READ MORE
  • Dr. Susan Brown, chair of the sociology department and professor of research excellence, named Distinguished Research Professor. Recognized as one of the top and most visible family sociologists and demographers in the country, Brown has helped create a new subfield of sociology. READ MORE
  • Dr. James Albert, a professor of mathematics and statistics, named Distinguished University Professor. An internationally known expert on Bayesian statistics, Albert has combined his passion for both statistics and baseball by creating a new field that studies the statistics of sports. This has heightened interest and increased quantitative literacy through his application of statistics to baseball. READ MORE
  • Dr. Alexis Ostrowski, an assistant professor of chemistry, received the Outstanding Early Career Award in recognition of her exceptional level of scholarly achievement and well-funded research program in chemistry and the Center for Photochemical Sciences. READ MORE
  • Dr. Melissa Miller, a professor of political science and the 2016 Master Teacher, was honored by Faculty Senate with its 2018 Community Involvement Award. Miller has continually proven herself dedicated to sharing her extensive knowledge about politics and state and national issues. READ MORE
  • Dr. Anne Gordon, an associate professor of psychology, received the Distinguished Service Recognition Award for her series of quality contributions to the University. READ MORE
  • Dr. Lee Nickoson, director of General Studies Writing, received the Faculty Mentor Recognition Award for her effective communication with faculty and her modeling of strongly inclusive pedagogy. READ MORE
  • Dr. John Laird received the Faculty Senate Leadership as a Chair/School Director Recognition Award. As a professor in the University’s physics and astronomy department, and as chair for four, four-year terms, he has supported the needs and goals of both BGSU students and regional high school students for more than 30 years. READ MORE
  • The Department of Psychology was presented the 2018 Faculty Senate Unit Recognition Award for its demonstrated record of excellence that stems in part from its culture of individual faculty development and collective problem-solving. READ MORE

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