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Faculty Achievements

George Mitrevski
Auburn University professor awarded Fulbright Scholar grant to study in Macedonia

George Mitrevski, an associate professor in Auburn University's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to study in Macedonia. Mitrevski, who left in August, received a nine-month appointment and will be conducting research on an electronic collection of Macedonian texts at the Academy of Sciences and the Arts and at the Macedonian Language Institute in the Republic of Macedonia. He will also be working at the Pedagogical Faculty in the city of Bitola where he will teach English essay-writing and American literature.


Virginia Davis
Auburn University researcher named one of nation's top early career scientists and engineers

Virginia Davis, an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering in Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, is among 85 researchers named by President Barack Obama to receive the prestigious Presidential Early Career for Scientists and Engineers Award, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on early-career researchers.


Jim Hansen
Hansen, McDonald book on space shuttle accident to receive prize for best book

Auburn University history professor and Honors College director James R. Hansen of Auburn University and Allan J. McDonald, former director of  the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor Project for Morton-Thiokol Inc., will receive the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2011 Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award for their book, "Truth, Lies and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster."


Henry Burdg
ATAC director named senior examiner for 2010 Alabama Quality Award

Henry Burdg, director of the Auburn Technical Assistance Center at Auburn University, has achieved examiner recertification and recently was appointed Senior Examiner for the 2010 Alabama Quality Award. Modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the Alabama Quality Award recognizes and honors organizations whose past or recent innovations in areas of production, service or management have resulted in increased productivity and quality.


Alexander Vazsonyi
Auburn professor awarded Fulbright Distinguished Chair by U.S. State Department

Alexander Vazsonyi of the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Czech Republic. A professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn, Vazsonyi will hold the Distinguished Chair in Social Studies at Masaryk University, the second largest university in the Czech Republic.

Auburn University Faculty Awards

  • Donna Bohanan
    Joseph A. Kicklighter Endowed Professor - History
    College of Liberal Arts

    • Donna BohananDonna Bohanan, who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in early modern Europe and world history, says her favorite place on campus is her office, which she describes as "bursting at the seams" with books, research, and students' papers. In the classroom, Bohanan uses notary inventories of noble estates to reconstruct the contents and decorative schemes of homes. She has published two books: Old and New Nobility in Aix-en-Provence, 1600-1695: Portrait of an Urban Elite, in 1992, and Crown and Nobility in Early Modern France in 2001. She is also working on another book-length project and has contributed a chapter to Furnishing the Eighteenth Century, edited by Kathryn Norberg and Dena Goodman. Bohanan started at Auburn in 1982, and finds that being able to teach students ranging from freshmen to doctoral-level at Auburn is richly rewarding.
  • Elizabeth Guertal
    Alumni Professor – Agronomy and Soils
    College Agriculture

    • Elizabeth GuertalElizabeth Guertal conducts research and teaches in the area of turfgrass management with a focus on soil fertility and fertilization. She specializes in the area of fertilizer management and the environmental consequences of applied fertilizer. She served as associate editor for Crop Science, Soil Science Society of America Journal and the Agronomy Journal, and as a technical editor for Crop Science. Her biggest inspiration was her mother, Barbara, who received her degree in animal science in 1950—a time when it was rare for women to have a degree in agriculture. Guertal enjoys spending time with her children, Will and Sam, at the Turf Unit where they assist her in collecting data and writing down plot numbers and quality ratings that she provides. She is a fellow in the American Society of Agronomy and is currently serving as a Fulbright scholar on the island of Mauritius.

    • Auburn professor teaching at University of Mauritius as Fulbright Scholar

      Beth Guertal, an agronomy and soils professor at Auburn University, has been named a Fulbright scholar to teach in Mauritius this fall. Guertal is spending fall semester teaching turfgrass management and sustainable agriculture at the University of Mauritius. She says she also hopes to develop opportunities for her students there and back home at Auburn to get involved with projects on the island's golf courses.

    Paula Backscheider
    Philpott/West Point Stevens Eminent Scholar – English
    College of Liberal Arts

    • Paula BackscheiderPaula R. Backscheider specializes in Restoration and 18th-century literature, feminist criticism, and cultural studies. The author of several books including Daniel Defoe: His Life (winner of the British Council Prize), Spectacular Politics, Reflections on Biography, and Eighteenth-Century Women Poets and their Poetry: Inventing Agency, Inventing Genre (winner of the Modern Language Association Lowell Prize). Two of her books have been selected for the Choice Outstanding Academic Book award. She has published articles in , and many other journals. A former president of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, she has held ACLS, NEH, and Guggenheim Fellowships and is one of the few American members of the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Edinburgh. An award-winning teacher, she is dedicated to discussion courses and creating an atmosphere in which students can be themselves and feel free to take risks.
  • Geoffrey Hill
    Professor Biological Sciences
    College of Sciences and Mathematics

    • Geoffrey HillAuburn was the location of Geoffrey Hill's first faculty position. He says that Auburn has given him everything he needs to develop his career to his potential, and he has never considered moving to another university. Hill teaches undergraduate ornithology and evolution and systematics, as well as graduate ornithology and advanced concepts in evolution. His research focuses on the function and evolution of ornamental traits in birds and on the ecology and conservation of birds in the Southeast. Hill says his proudest academic accomplishments include having the first chapter of his dissertation published as a single-authored paper in the journal, Nature, and receiving the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, which is one of the highest honors a young U.S. scientist can receive. Hill's favorite place on campus is the Old Rotation fields, where he and his students conduct research on eastern bluebirds and house finches.
  • David Hinson
    School Head and Associate Professor - Architecture
    College of Architecture, Design and Construction

    • David HinsonDavid Hinson joined the Auburn faculty in May 1997 and teaches lecture courses in professional practice and seminars on leadership and collaborative practice. He is actively engaged in research into the evolving challenges of architectural practice and how higher education can best prepare students to succeed as professionals and community leaders. Hinson leads the award-winning DESIGNhabitat Program, an ongoing collaboration between the School of Architecture and Habitat for Humanity, which focuses on innovative strategies for affordable housing design and construction. Hinson calls Sambo Mockbee his greatest source of inspiration and says his proudest professional moment was his induction into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2008. Hinson says his favorite place on campus is the upper and lower Quad because the spaces are the best example of "outdoor rooms" at Auburn, and exemplify how a campus can be more than just a collection of buildings.