Auburn University honors faculty in awards ceremony

AUBURN – Auburn University recently held its sixth annual Faculty Awards Celebrating Excellence Ceremony at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

The awards presented at the ceremony are the highest honors the university gives to faculty and this year honored the outstanding academic achievements of 20 faculty members. (Photos and videos of the event can be found here).

Auburn University Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Boosinger hosted the event and Bob Howell, WSFA-12 evening anchor, was master of ceremonies. Dale Coleman, associate professor of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture, gave the invocation. Sarah Newton, Auburn University Board of Trustees member, gave congratulations and special remarks.

Among those receiving awards were Mark Byrne, the Daniel F. and Josephine Breeden Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, and Leonard Bell, a professor in the Department of Poultry Science in the College of Agriculture. Both received the Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Behzad Nakhjavan, a professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, and Hanqin Tian, alumni professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, received the Creative Research and Scholarship Award. Nan Fairley, an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts, 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 were Sridhar Krishnamurti, an associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders in the College of Liberal Arts; Veena Chattaraman, an assistant professor in the Department of Consumer Affairs in the College of Human Sciences; and Jung Won Hur, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology in the College of Education.

Awards were also presented to the 2011 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 2011 Alumni Professors are Henry Fadamiro, an associate professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology in the College of Agriculture; Narendra Govil, a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Sciences and Mathematics; Aleksandr Simonian, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering; William Trimble, a professor in the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts; and Daowei Zhang, a professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

Chris Newland, alumni professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts, 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 External Consulting Award recognized a faculty member for outstanding consulting. The winner was Chad Foradori, an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

This year’s newly added President’s Outstanding Collaborative Units Award recognized the Center for Forest Sustainability and faculty members Graeme Lockaby, director and associate dean of research in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; Kelly Alley, Alumni Professor in the Department of Sociology Anthropology, and Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts; Mark Dougherty, an associate professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering in the College of Agriculture; Charlene LeBleu, an associate professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction; and Jack Feminella, professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

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