CAS Faculty & Staff Awards 2020

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce several faculty and staff awards presented on October 21 by Interim Dean Kati Toivanen at the annual CAS Dean’s Fall Reception. This fall’s virtual reception (available to view in full here: CAS Faculty & Staff Fall Reception) offered a chance to celebrate these honored award recipients and to thank all faculty and staff in the College for their resilience during the current and past semesters.

The Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award, given annually to a tenured or tenure-track faculty member, recognizes outstanding instruction within the College.  This year’s deserving recipient is Hadara Bar-Nadav from the Department of English.  The College also celebrates the vital contribution of non-tenured track faculty with the Outstanding Teaching Award, presented this year to Stephanie Van Rhein in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.

In addition to recognizing outstanding instruction, The College also proudly offers two research grants, firstly the Haskell Distinguished Research award, which supports awardees in their completion of a scholarly project or creative work.  This year’s notable recipient is Debra Leiter from the Department of Political Science.

Another research grant presented, the Francis M. Bernardin Research Development Grant, provides recipients support to prepare a grant proposal in their chosen area of research.  This year’s recipients are Virginia Blanton from the Department of English, and Joseph Hartman from the Department of Art & Art History.

Four recipients of the 2019 Francis M. Bernardin Research Development Grant were pleased to report back about the ways in which this award furthered the progress of their ongoing research.  Dr. Clara Irazabal-Zurita in the Race, Ethnic and Gender Studies department won a Fulbright Scholar grant that will fund her research in Costa Rica in the two consecutive summers of 2021 and 2022.  Dr. Alison Graettinger in the Earth & Environmental Sciences department was able to complete two research proposals, one of which is currently under review by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Dr. Majid Bani Yaghoub, Chair of the Mathematics & Statistics department, also received grant funding from NSF in addition to a successfully funded grant in data science.  Dr. Ye Wang in the Communication Studies department had the opportunity to complete five research projects, three of which are pending further external grant funding.  The College is honored to be able to provide its highly deserving faculty with these merit-based research opportunities.

The final award presented at the Fall Reception was the Outstanding Staff Member Award, recognizing exceptional contributions made by a College of Arts and Science staff member.  This award is given annually to an employee who is consistently respectful, responsible, resourceful, receptive, responsive, and reasonable.  This year’s worthy recipient is Tanya Henderson from the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.

The College values each faculty and staff member year round, but appreciates the opportunity to highlight a select few at the beginning of each academic year.