Mary Natvig (left) is presented the Faculty Senate Distinguished Service Award by Rachelle Kristof Hippler, Faculty Senate chair.
FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARDS HIGHLIGHT ACHIEVEMENT
The University recognized a group of its highest-achieving faculty April 13 during the annual Faculty Excellence Awards. Faculty were honored for research, teaching, creative arts, service, leadership, advising, mentoring and more during the celebratory event in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.
Joining President Mary Ellen Mazey on the stage were alumnus David Levey, chair of the BGSU Board of Trustees, who gave credit to his undergraduate faculty for launching him into a successful life; Dr. Rodney Rogers, provost and senior vice president; and Dr. William Balzer, vice president for faculty affairs and strategic initiatives, who led the event.
“All of BGSU takes great pride in the work and accomplishments of our faculty,” Rogers said. “Time and time again, we hear stories about a particular faculty member who changed a life, challenged a student, opened a door to new possibilities. That’s what makes BGSU such a great place.”
Nineteen awards were presented during the event, about half of which are included in this issue. Read Zoom News on Thursday (April 19) for the remainder.
Three faculty received the Professorship of Excellence title. The Professorships of Excellence are presented to faculty holding the rank of full professor who have achieved outstanding success in teaching, research, creative arts or service and whose work merits special recognition. The title is held for three years, and brings additional support for its duration.
The Master Teacher Award, selected and presented by the Student Alumni Connection, was given to Dr. Andrew Gregory, School of Earth, Environment and Society.
- Dr. Cynthia Baron, theatre and film, was named Professor of Research Excellence.
- Dr. Mikel Kuehn, musicology, composition and theory, was named Professor of Creative Arts Excellence.
- Dr. Kefa Otiso, geography, was named Professor of Service Excellence.
The President’s Award for Collaborative Research and Creative Work went to Dr. Sue Carter Wood, English.
Faculty Senate gave four awards this year, presented by Faculty Senate Chair Rachelle Kristof Hippler: