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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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Blair and Linda Tremere Faculty Award

Matt Fairholm, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, is the 2013 recipient of the Tremere Faculty Award. He was chosen for his commitment to the community which includes working on the Vermillion City Planning Commission and the Community Safety and Protection Committee. He was also the driving force behind a campus conference on the historic Missouri River Flood of 2011.  Read More>


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Monsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award

Jason Berger, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, is the 2013 recipient of the Monsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award, presented by the College of Arts & Sciences. Berger was honored with the award at the 2013 Phi Beta Kappa initiation/Lifto Amundson Lecture on March 14.  Read More>


Clare Wagner
Outstanding Instructor Award

Clare Wagner, instructor for the Department of Mathematical Sciences, is the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Instructor Award presented by the College of Arts & Sciences.  Wagner was selected for her outstanding teaching skills and her ability to work with students in courses such as College Algebra, Quantitative Literacy, and Calculus I.  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>

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Richard and Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards

Three faculty members have been honored as 2013 recipients of the Richard and Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards in Liberal Arts. Jason Berger, Ph.D., of the Department of English, Ranjit Koodali, Ph.D., of the Department of Chemistry, and Doug Peterson, Ph.D., of the Department of Psychology.  Read More>


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Truman and Beverly Schwartz Distinguished Faculty Award

Scott Breuninger, associate professor of history at the University of South Dakota, was named as the third recipient of the Truman and Beverly Schwartz Distinguished Faculty Award.  Read More>