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Award Winning

Over the past decade, generous alumni and donors have created awards to recognize the excellent work done by Arts & Sciences faculty. These awards are united by a belief that faculty are the heart and soul of any university, and that the reputation of a university depends in great measure upon the quality and character of the faculty.  

We warmly appreciate the countless contributions of the Arts & Sciences faculty to the education of our students. We congratulate the winners of these prestigious awards, and we thank the generous donors who make it possible.

Jacob Kerby
Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching
Jacob Kerby, Ph.D., from the College of Arts & Sciences, is assistant professor of biology and was honored in the tenure track category. He teaches General Biology I each fall semester and either Disease Ecology or Environmental Toxicology and Contaminants in the spring.
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Elizabeth Smith
Blair and Linda Tremere Faculty Award

Elizabeth (Betty) Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of political science is the 2014 recipient of the Tremere Faculty Award. She was chosen for her outstanding public service, most notably with the Vermillion Chamber Development Company and raising money and awareness for Parkinson's disease research.  Read More>


Angela Helmer
Monsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award

Angela Helmer, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Philosophy, is the 2014 recipient of the Monsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award, presented by the College of Arts & Sciences.  Helmer was honored with the award at the 2014 Phi Beta Kappa initiation/Lifto Amundson Lecture on March 31.  Read More>


Aimee Sorensen
Outstanding Instructor Award

Aimee Sorensen, instructor in the Department of Communication Studies, is the 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Instructor Award presented by the College of Arts & Sciences.  Sorensen was selected for her outstanding classroom teaching and mentoring of students.  Read More>


Chaoyang Jiang
President's Award for Research Excellence: Early-Mid Career Faculty
Chaoyang Jiang, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, is recognized for outstanding research.  Recipients were selected through a highly competitive process with both university and external reviewers.  Read More>

Ranjit Koodali
President's Award for Research Excellence: Established Faculty
Ranjit Koodali, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, is recognized for outstanding research.  Recipients were selected through a highly competitive process with both university and external reviewers.  Read More>

Shane Semmler
Paula Mabee
Chad Newswander 

Richard and Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards

Three faculty members have been honored as 2014 recipients of the Richard and Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards in Liberal Arts. Shane Semmler, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication studies, Paula Mabee, Ph.D., professor of biology, and Chad Newswander, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science.  Read More>


David Swanson
Truman and Beverly Schwartz Distinguished Faculty Award

David Swanson, professor of biology, has been named the fourth recipient of the Truman and Beverly Schwartz Distinguished Faculty Award.  Read More>