Auburn University honors faculty in awards ceremony

AUBURN – Auburn University held its fifth annual Faculty Awards Celebrating Excellence Ceremony Thursday, Sept. 30, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. A reception featuring food and beverages of Tuscany followed the ceremony (Photos and videos of the event can be found here).

The awards presented at the ceremony are the highest honors the university gives to faculty and this year honored the outstanding academic achievements of 17 faculty members.

Auburn University President Jay Gogue hosted the event and Daniel Butler, Thomas Walter Professor of Technology Management and associate professor of marketing, was master of ceremonies. Virginia Thompson, Auburn University Board of Trustees member, gave congratulations and special remarks.

Among those who received awards are Donna Bohanan, Joseph A. Kicklighter Endowed Professor in the Department of History, and Elizabeth Guertal, alumni professor in the Department of Agronomy and Soils. Both received the Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Paula Backsheider, Philpott/West Point Stevens Eminent Scholar in the Department of English and Geoffrey Hill, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, received the Creative Research and Scholarship Award. David W. Hinson, associate professor and head of the School of Architecture, received the Award for Excellence in Faculty Outreach.

In addition, recipients of this year’s Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Awards were recognized. These awards are presented on the basis of outstanding teaching of undergraduates from nominations made by department heads, deans, alumni and students. A committee of retired faculty selects the recipients. This year’s winners are Wheeler Foshee, associate professor in the Department of Horticulture; Theresa McCormick, associate professor and program coordinator of elementary education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching; and Stuart Wentworth, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Awards were also presented to the 2010 Alumni Professors, a group of faculty who receive five-year, non-renewable professorships sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association with funds endowed from Auburn Annual Giving. These awards are presented on the basis of research, publishing and teaching. The 2010 Alumni Professors are John Drew Hamilton, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering; Jay M. Khodadadi, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering; Tin-Man Lau, professor in the Department of Industrial and Graphic Design; Chris Correia, associate professor in the Department of Psychology; and Kenneth W. Noe, Draughon Professor in the Department of History.

Malcolm Crocker, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, received the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship. This award is jointly sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association and the Auburn University Graduate School. The recipients are nominated by deans, department heads and others and are chosen by the Graduate Faculty Council on the basis of excellence in research.

The Distinguished Diversity Researcher Awards are given by the Research Initiative for the Study of Diversity and the Office of the Vice President for Research to celebrate and showcase the best diversity research being done on campus. The winners are Joshua Inwood, assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Geography, and Donald R. Wehrs, professor in the Department of English.

The External Consulting Award was added this year and recognized a faculty member for outstanding consulting. The winner is Levent Yilmaz, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.

Contact: Carol Nelson, (334) 844-9999 (nelsoc4@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)