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COSAM faculty, department honored with 2016 Faculty Awards

Published: 06/14/2016

By: Lindsay Miles Penny

Five faculty members and one department from the College of Sciences and Mathematics were named recipients of Auburn University’s 2016 Faculty Awards. 

The awards recognize some of the institution’s most innovative teachers, researchers and scholars for their unique and distinguished contributions to the university’s mission.

Presented annually, the Faculty Awards honor individuals and groups of faculty for excellence in teaching, research and outreach. Following a competitive review process, recipients are chosen by selection committees comprised of faculty, staff, students and alumni. Award winners will be recognized at the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony hosted by the Office of the Provost in early 2017.

“This year’s recipients were selected from an outstanding group of nominated faculty,” said Timothy Boosinger, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our awards not only represent the exceptional contributions of these faculty members to Auburn’s mission, but also illustrate their extraordinary service and dedication to the University.”

Faculty Award recipients from COSAM are listed below:

Alumni Professors

The Alumni Professorship program recognizes tenured faculty members with direct responsibilities in two or more of the institutional missions of instruction, research and outreach. Faculty selected to receive a professorship must have demonstrated exceptionally meritorious performance, distinctive competence, and potential for continued high productivity and excellence.

  • Stephen Dobson, professor
  • Department of Biological Sciences, College of Sciences and Mathematics

Creative Research and Scholarship Award

The Creative Research and Scholarship Award recognizes faculty members who have distinguished themselves through research, scholarly works and creative contributions among the categories of fine arts, liberal arts, business, social/human sciences and sciences, biomedical sciences, engineering and agriculture.

  • Michael Pindzola, professor
  • Department of Physics, College of Sciences and Mathematics
  • Sciences, Medical Sciences, Engineering and Agriculture category 

Departmental Award for Excellence in Education

The Auburn University Departmental Award for Excellence in Education was created in 2013 and is administered on behalf of the Office of the Provost through the university’s Biggio Center and the University Senate Teaching Effectiveness Committee. The award recognizes the efforts of departmental faculty for their commitment to improving education at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Department of Geosciences, College of Sciences and Mathematics
  • Mark Steltenpohl, Alumni Professor and chair

Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship

The Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship Award is jointly sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association and the Graduate School and is awarded to a faculty member on the basis of excellence in research.

  • Stewart Schneller, professor and former dean
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Sciences and Mathematics

The Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching

Gerald and Emily Leischuck, 1964 graduates and retired Auburn University administrators, created the Endowed Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching in 2005 to recognize two full-time, tenured faculty members who have demonstrated effective and innovative teaching methods, along with a continuing commitment to student success through advising and mentoring.

  • Bob Boyd, professor
  • Department of Biological Science, College of Sciences and Mathematics

Provost Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring 

Established in 2012, the award recognizes faculty who demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate research, whose efforts support Auburn students interested in careers in research and creative works, and who have demonstrated outstanding service to students.

  • Anne Gorden, associate professor
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Sciences and Mathematics 

More information about the awards, including a list of recipients from previous years, can be found on the Auburn University Faculty Awards website. For a full list of this year’s award winners, click here. http://ocm.auburn.edu/newsroom/news_articles/2016/05/auburn-university-faculty-award-winners-announced.htm

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