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Faculty Awards 2014

CAS faculty members are also not strangers to the world of achievement. Many have received the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards, university research and creative activity awards, various teaching excellence awards and other honors such as the Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, Pulitzer nominations, entrance into EMU's Athletic Hall of Fame and grant funding for a variety of projects that touch local and international communities.

Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty and Full-Time Lecturer Awards

The highest award that any faculty member can earn from Eastern Michigan University is a Distinguished Faculty or Full-Time Lecturer Award in one of the three primary areas:

  • teaching
  • scholarly/creative activity
  • service
In 2014, the College of Arts and Sciences had five winners of the Provost's awards:

Steven J. Ramold – Faculty Teaching Award II. Professor Ramold is Associate Professor of History. He has a doctorate in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His teaching interests include nineteenth-century U.S. and American military history. At EMU he has expanded the breadth of his course offerings, designing three travel courses, a course on the history of American sports, and several online courses. He is the author of three books on topics related to the U.S. Civil War.

Pamela Landau- Full Time Lecturers Outstanding Teaching Award. Pamela Landau joined Eastern in fall 1982 as a full time lecturer with a degree in Clinical Psychology. She is an AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) certified Sexuality Educator and teaches one of EMU's most popular courses, the Psychology of Sex (PSY240). In 2005 she was elected "Best Professor" in the Eastern Echo student poll, and her course, the Psychology of Sex was elected "Best Course."

Heather C. Janisse – Faculty Research I Award. Professor Janisse is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Eastern. As a developmental psychologist, she is interested in the development of health disparities among at-risk minority populations. Her research interests include the impact of the educational context and parent-child relationship on development of social, cognitive and health outcomes of at-risk youth (e.g., Head Start population), pediatric obesity, measurement and statistics.

Philip C. Schmitz – Faculty Research II Award. Professor Schmitz teaches primarily about the history of religions and historical methodology. His research concerns the history of ancient Lebanon, Syria, Palestine (especially the kingdoms of Israel and Judah and their later descendants), and North Africa. He is a specialist in the Phoenician language and the history of Phoenician expansion westward into the Mediterranean prior to Greek and Roman domination of these areas.

Pirooz Aghssa - Creative Activity Award. Dr. Pirooz Aghssa has been at EMU since 1992. His directing credits include: The House of Blue Leaves, Angels in America I: Millennium Approaches, Evita, Brecht on Brecht, Falsettos, Dead Man's Cell Phone, and Into the Woods, to name a few. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award by the Alumni Organization at EMU. Dr. Aghssa has studied with renowned theatre and music artists including Anne Bogart, Tina Landau Adrian Noble, William Warfield and Evelyn Lear. He also studied Cabaret Performance Techniques with Helen Baldassar and regularly performs in cabaret venues in New York City.

Provost's Research Awards for New Faculty

Each year the Provost awards up to $5,000 to first- or second-year faculty members at Eastern Michigan University to assist in their research or creative endeavors. These awards are meant to not only help these faculty members start or continue with their projects, but to make them more competitive for external funding as well. 

2014 College of Arts & Sciences Recipients:

Kimberly L. Barrett (Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology). Testing the Association between Community Lead (Pb) Presence and Juvenile Delinquency

Megan K. Moore (Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology). Curation and Inventory of a Medieval French Skeletal Collection

Mary-Elizabeth Murphy (History & Philosophy). A National and Local Affair': African American Women and Political Activism in Interwar Washington, D.C.

Kate Pantelides (English Language & Literature). Mapping Dissertation Genre Ecology

Catherine C. Peterson (Psychology). Parent Survey of Psychological Needs of Children with Severe Food Allergies

Chris Reilly (Art). Intimate Instruments Workshop

Brian Gregory Sellers (Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology). Testing the Factor Structure of the STAR: AV to Inform Intervention with Justice-Involved Youth

Heather Shouldice (Music & Dance). An Investigation of the Musical Identities, Self-Perceptions, and Motivation of Elementary Students in Relation to their Experiences in School Music Classes

Andrew Wilfong (Mathematics). Classifying the Number of Faces of Smooth Polytopes

Provost's Faculty Research Fellowships

2014 College of Arts & Sciences Recipients:

Greg Barak (Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology). A Global Inquiry of the Crimes of the Powerful

Stephanie Casey and Andrew Ross (Mathematics). Preparing Teachers for Teaching Statistics

Howard Cass (Communication, Media & Theater Arts/Music & Dance). Carnegie Hall Concert and Two CD Recordings

Kathleen Chamberlain (History & Philosophy). Cooperation and Conflict: The Bosque Redondo Reservation Experiment, 1864-1868

Jill Dieterle (History & Philosophy). Ethics and Food

Jessica Elton (Communication, Media & Theatre Arts). Understanding and Communication in End-of-Life Decision Making

Steven Francoeur (Biology). Nutrient Enrichment of Streams: Are Pulsed Inputs Different?

Katherine Greenwald (Biology). Assessing Evolutionary Success of Michigan's Gene Theives: Unisexual Ambystoma Salamanders

Jeff Guthrie (Chemistry). Selection of DNA Aptamers for Small Molecules using Capillary Electrophoresis and Quantum Dots

Christine Hume (English Language and Literature). The Saturation Project: An Experimental Memoir

Melissa J. Jones (English Language and Literature). Early Modern Pornographies: For Her Pleasure

David Kass (Biology). The Role of Epigenetics in the Evolution of Species of European House Mice

Steven D. Krause (English Language and Literature). MOOCs in Context: The Rise, Fall, Fuzzy Future of Massive Online Open Courses in the Teaching of Writing

Volkes Krause (Political Science). Speaking of Conflict: National Linguistic Identities and Militarized Interstate Disputes, 1946-2001

Renee Lajiness-O'Neill (Psychology). PediaTrac: There's an App for That!

Paul Leighton (Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology). Creating a Better Estimate of the Cost of White Collar Crime

Tamara Loverich (Psychology.) Validation of the Emotional Eating Construct

Catherine Peterson (Psychology). Executive Functioning in Children and Adolescents with Chronic Headache

Raymond A. Rosenfeld (Political Science). Applying a Civic Culture Framework to Local Policy-Making: Economic Development and Eldercare Policy in Norway, Latvia and Ukraine T

Tomoyuki Sasaki (History & Philosophy). The Self-Defense Forces and Civil Society in Postwar Japan: An Army for the People

Joel Schoenhals (Music & Dance). The Whole Musician: The Practice of Improvisation

Brooks Harris Stevens (Art). Material Culture: Exploration of Women's Dress and Rituals

Zuzana Tomas (World Languages). Second Language Writers and Plagiarism: A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Pedagogy on Effective Writing from Sources

Bingwu Wang (Mathematics). Normal Cones to Unions of Sets with Applications to Disjunctive Optimizations

Faculty Sabbatical Awards

2014-2015 College of Arts & Sciences Sabbatical Awards

One Semester Awards:

Joseph Csicsila (English Language & Literature). Mark Twain and Money: Samuel L. Clemens and the American Gilded Age

Hedeel Evans (Chemistry). Gaining the Necessary Training for Developing and Sustaining an Exemplary Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program of Excellence at Eastern Michigan University

Christine Hume (English Language & Literature). The Saturation Project: an Experimental Memoir

Steven D. Krause (English Language & Literature). MOOCs in Context: The Rise, Fall, and Fuzzy Future of Massive Online Open Courses in the Teaching of Writing

Anita Rich (Communication, Media and Theatre Arts). Performing MS: The Uncivil War and Me

Two Semester Awards:

Ruth Ann Armitage (Chemistry). An Immersive Research Experience in the Archaeological Chemistry of Ancient Textiles at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art at the University of Oxford

George Cassar (History & Philosophy). Kitchener as Proconsul in Egypt, 1911-1914

Craig Dionne (English Language & Literature). Post-Lear: Memory and Survival

Paul Howard (Mathematics). The Rigid Relation Principle

Nataša Kovačević (English Language & Literature). Locating (Un)Common Belonging in the New Europe

Chris Mayda (Geography & Geology). Unintended Consequences, Systems Thinking and Interdisciplinary Study: An Introduction for Educators

Ulrich Reinhardt (Biology). Drinking Water Bio-Monitoring with Fish – An International Research Collaboration

Alumni Association 23rd Annual Teaching Excellence Awards

Doug Baker |
English Language and Literature
Cory Emal |
James Sheerin |
Physics and Astronomy
Phil Simmons |
Theatre Arts

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