Celebration of Faculty Excellence scheduled for May 2
Seven outstanding faculty members will be honored at the 16th annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence, scheduled for Thursday, May 2, at 3 p.m. in the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center.
Carol Archbold, associate professor of criminal justice and political science, will receive the NDSU Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Faculty Service Award. The award recognizes NDSU faculty members who have attained distinction in their profession. In evaluating award nominees, special focus is placed on their service contributions to the community and region, in addition to their achievement as scholars, teachers or artists during their time at NDSU.
Linda Fricker, academic adviser in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, will receive the Outstanding Professional Adviser Award, which recognizes professional advisers who are exceptional advocates for undergraduate students and bring strong dedication to their positions. Professional advisers who demonstrate qualities such as accountability, accessibility, responsiveness and caring are eligible for the award, which was established in 2012 by the Provosts Office.
Janice Haggart, instructor of veterinary and microbiological sciences, will receive the Outstanding Faculty Advising Award, which was established in 2012 by the Provosts Office to highlight the importance of academic advising. It recognizes faculty advisers who are committed to helping undergraduate students reach their full potential. Recipients must be knowledgeable, accountable, accessible, responsive and genuinely concerned for each student as an individual.
Jenny Linker, assistant professor of health, nutrition and exercise sciences, will receive the Service-Learning Award, which recognizes instructors who incorporate real-world community projects into their courses. Service learning fosters partnerships with non-profit organizations, government service agencies and significant campus projects to meet community needs while providing substantial educational opportunities for students.
Elizabeth Birmingham, associate professor of English, will receive the Odney Award for Excellence in Teaching, which honors the late Robert Odney, a well-known Fargo businessman, alumnus and leader of alumni campaigns. Established in 1972, it recognizes excellence in undergraduate teaching. The award is presented to a faculty member who stimulates interest in the subject matter; presents courses so the components are clear and well integrated; demands rigorous thought and responses from students; and demonstrates distinctive performance in his/her field.
Andrew Mara, associate professor of English, will receive the Peltier Award for Innovation in Teaching, which was established in 1998 by Joe and Norma Peltier of Arthur, N.D. The award recognizes an instructor who demonstrates cutting-edge, innovative teaching techniques that enhance student interest and learning in a disciplinary area. The Peltier Endowment is administered by the NDSU Development Foundation.
Dinesh Katti, professor of civil engineering, will receive the Waldron Award for Excellence in Research, which honors the late Fred Waldron, NDSU graduate, international geologist and an instructor of geology at NDSU. In 1998, the NDSU Development Foundation Board of Trustees established the Waldron Award to recognize a faculty member for outstanding contributions to research having a positive impact on the mission of NDSU. The Waldron Endowment was funded with a bequest from the estate of Fred Waldron.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.