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Faculty member recognized for teaching excellence

Dr. Maureen Dunbar, associate professor of biology, was awarded the Outstanding Full-Time Teacher Award. Dunbar teaches various levels of biology courses. The committee cited Dunbar’s breadth of courses taught, her thoughtful statement of teaching philosophy, her scholarship in teaching and learning, her commitment to and engagement with students inside and outside the classroom, and evaluations by her students. This award recognizes a full-time faculty member who has worked at the college for at least three years and has demonstrated exceptional commitment to teaching.

Part-time faculty member receives outstanding teaching award

Dan Smith, instructor of music, was awarded the Outstanding Part-Time Teaching Award. In addition to his record of excellence in teaching, his nomination is reflective of his students’ comments and feedback. In addition, Smith is extremely active in the college choir. This award recognizes a part-time faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to students and effectiveness of instruction that exceeds normal expectations.

Faculty member recognized for outstanding advising

Dr. Lolita Paff, professor of business and economics, received the Outstanding Advising Award. The review committee coincided unanimously that Paff was well deserving of the award. She is cited as being learner-centered professor who dedicates long hours to advising students and making sure that they get the proper course schedule and that they graduate on time. This award recognizes a full-time faculty member who has worked at the college for at least three years and has demonstrated exceptional commitment to students.

Faculty member recognized for outstanding research

Dr. Sadan Kulturel-Konak, professor of management information systems, has been awarded the Outstanding Research Award. In 2012, Kulturel-Konak produced significant research in top-tier journals within her field of scholarship of modeling, analysis, and optimization of business systems. Her research has attracted a total of $383,775 for three projects from the National Science Foundation. She currently serves on two graduate student committees, has presented her research at conferences and workshops, and has provided reviews to academic journals in her field of study. In addition, she was elected as president of the Transportation Science and Logistics Division within the Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences. This award recognizes a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in academic research, creative activity, scholarship, and mastery of a special subject.

Faculty member recognized for outstanding service

Terry Speicher, assistant professor of engineering, was awarded the Outstanding Service Award. According to the committee, Speicher has gone above and beyond the call of duty to reach out to adult students and recognize their prior learning. He is now recognized as a pioneer in that field. This award recognizes a full-time faculty member who has worked at the college for at least three years and has demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service.

Residence Life staff assistant receives Outstanding Staff Award

Sue Rowley, Staff Assistant in Residence Life, received the Outstanding Staff Member Award. This year, she co-chaired a mock DUI accident, which required the coordination of emergency services from across the county, to educate students on the topic of drinking and driving. Over the past year, the department in which she works underwent major transitions, and Rowley was the “glue” that held the department together. She even took on added responsibility, including accompanying a victim to a criminal hearing, and assisting with Hurricane Sandy preparations. This award recognizes a full-time staff member who has demonstrated excellence. Individuals are nominated by the college committee and chosen by a committee.

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