Auburn University honors faculty in awards ceremony

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University held its seventh annual Faculty Awards Celebrating Excellence ceremony Tuesday 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 21 faculty members. Event photos and videos can be found at http://ocm.auburn.edu/faculty_awards.

Auburn University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Boosinger hosted the event and Ric Smith of the Department of Communication and Journalism was master of ceremonies. Bob Dumas, Auburn University Board of Trustees member, gave congratulations and special remarks.

Among those receiving awards were Lawrence Wit, associate dean and professor in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, and Andrew Freear, Wiatt Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture and director of the Rural Studio in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. Both received the Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Christopher Roberts, dean and professor in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and Ruth Crocker, professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts, received the Creative Research and Scholarship Award. Cheryl Morgan, professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture and director of the Center for Architecture and Urban Studies–Urban Studio in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, 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 Robert Boyd, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, Shelly McKee, associate professor in the Department of Poultry Science in the College of Agriculture, and Karla Simmons, assistant professor in the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences in the College of Human Sciences.

Awards were also presented to the 2012 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 2012 Alumni Professors are Chantel Acevedo, associate professor in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts, D. Allen Davis, professor in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures in the College of Agriculture, Henry Kinnucan, professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology in the College of Agriculture, Margaret Ross, professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology in the College of Education, and Herbert Jack Rotfeld, professor in the Department of Marketing in the College of Business.

Gary Gruenhage, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Sciences and Mathematics 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.

Martha Escobar, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts, received the Provost Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship.

The President’s Outstanding Collaborative Units Award recognized the Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts and faculty members Steven Taylor, director of the center, and professor and head of the Department of Biosystems Engineering in the College of Agriculture, Sushil Adhikari, assistant professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering in the College of Agriculture, Christopher Roberts, professor and dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Mario Eden, Joe T. and Billie Carole McMillan Professor and chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Oladiran Fasina, associate professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering in the College of Agriculture, Mark Hall, extension specialist of the Tennessee Valley Research Extension Center, and Tom Gallagher, assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

(Written by Carol Nelson.)

Contact: Carol Nelson, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (nelsoc4@auburn.edu), or
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