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Faculty Awards 2013

Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards

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

  • teaching
  • scholarly/creative activity
  • service

The College of Arts and Sciences is always proud of its many outstanding faculty, but we are particularly proud of the plethora of CAS recipients of the EMU Distinguished Faculty Awards, since the inception of such awards in 1977. An education in the EMU College of Arts and Sciences truly ensures interaction with some of the best faculty that EMU has to offer.

In 2013, the College of Arts and Sciences had three winners of this award:

Kelly Victor-Burke, lecturer in the geography and geology department at Eastern was presented with the Full-Time Lecturers Outstanding Teaching Award. Victor-Burke joined Eastern in fall 2000 after teaching in the department as an adjunct since 1990. She received both her master's degree of science in historic preservation and her bachelor's degree from Eastern.

Doris Fields, professor in the communication, media and theatre arts department received the 2012 Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award - Teaching II. Fields began her career at Eastern in 1991 as a graduate teaching assistant and has been in her current position since 1997. Fields earned her doctoral degree from Wayne State University, and her master's and bachelor's degrees in communications from Eastern Michigan.

Joel Schoenhals, professor of piano in the music and dance department, received the 2012 Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award - Creative Activity. Schoenhals joined Eastern Michigan in 2001. He holds a master's degree in music, a doctorate in musical arts, and a performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He earned his undergraduate degree in piano performance from Vanderbilt University. He also is a guest professor of piano at Nanchang University in Nanchang Jiangxi, People's Republic of China.

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. 

2013 College of Arts & Sciences Winners:

Damir Cavar (English Language & Literature). “Natural Language Processing for Linguistic Annotation of Text Archives”

Michelle Hersh (Biology). “Seed Pathogens in Fragmented Landscapes”

Sandra Jackson (Music & Dance). “Commissioning and Performance Project for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble”

Ingo Janser (Chemistry). “Tunable Functionality of α, β-Unsaturated Carbonyl Compounds: Development of Novel Pharmaceuticals”

Rusty McIntyre (Psychology). “The Stereotype Threat of Social Exclusion: How being Ostracized Increases the Pressure to Perform in Situations Assessing Social Worth"

James Saunoris (Economics). “The Economic Impacts of Intergovernmental Transfers”

J. Michael Scoville (History & Philosophy). “Flourishing: Its Meaning and Ethical Significance for Environmental Ethics”

Provost's Faculty Research Fellowships

2013-2014 College of Arts & Sciences Winners:

Amanda Allen (English) "Female Junior Novel: Cold War Adolescent Girl Romance Novels and the Network that Produced and Distributed Them"

Ruth Ann Armitage (Chemistry)  "Development of Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry (DART-MS) Methodologies for Rapid Characterization of Binding Media in Artists’ Paintings and Pictographs"

Jin Bo (Psychology) "Motor Sequence Learning in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders"

Ramonda Caponegro (English) "Perpetrating Justice: Representations of the Criminal Justice System in Children’s and You Adult Fiction"

Anne Casper (Biology) "Testing the Transferability of High Structure Course Design in Biology"

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

Charles D. Cunningham (English) "Pioneers on Relief: The Great Depression and the Transformation of the Yeoman Myth"

H. Brooke Dagnan (Communication, Media & Theater Arts) "A Paw-sitive Fight"

Cory Emal (Chemistry) "Development of Novel Classes of Inhibitors of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor Type-1 (PAI-1)"

Hedeel Evans (with Deborah Heyl-Clegg) (Chemistry) "Understanding the Biochemical Basis of Depression: Using Small Peptides to Disrupt the D1-D2 Dopamine Receptor Complex"

Xianghong Feng (Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology) "Under the Shadow of Prosperity: Tourism, Power, and Inequality in Rural Ethnic China"

Rob Halpern (English) "Becoming a Patient of History: George Oppen’s Domesticity and the Relocation of Politics"

Margaret Hanes (Biology) "A Multifaceted Investigation of Carnivorous Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) Evolution Throughout Michigan"

Deborah Heyl-Clegg (with Hedeel Evans) (Chemistry) "Understanding the Biochemical Basis of Depression: Using Small Peptides to Disrupt the D1-D2 Dopamine Receptor Complex"

Mark Higbee (History & Philosophy)  "Frederick Douglass, Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Constitution: 1845"

Jeromy Hopgood (Communication, Media & Theater Arts) "Connecting Technology and Live Performance: a Study in Show Control"

Alissa C. Huth-Bocks (Psychology) "A Developmental Examination of Individual and Contextual Risks Impacting the Mother-Child Relationship from Pregnancy to Three Years Post-Partum"

Chris Hyndman  (Art) "BORDER: An Exhibition at the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities"

Ingo Janser  (Chemistry) "Novel Functionalized Cephalotaxine Esters: Development of Potent Anti-CancerAgents"

Joan Cohen Jones (Mathematics)  "Visualizing Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Methods (2nd Edition)"

Kristin E. Judd (Biology) "Examining Links Between Microbial Community Compositions and Ecosystem Function in a Stream Network"

Kevin Karpiak  (Sociology, Criminology & Anthropology)  "The Police Against Itself: Refiguring Political Violence ‘After the Social’"

Jesse Kauffman (History & Philosophy) "The Elusive Alliance: War, State-Building, and the Search for Order in German-Occupied Poland, 1915-1918"

Allen Kurta (Biology) "Mammals of the Great Lakes Region"

Aaron Liepman  (Biology) "Cellulose Synthase-Like A (CSLA) Proteins: A Model System to Investigate Factors Governing Carbohydrate Structure"

Harriet Lindsay (Chemistry) "Development of a General Blueprint for the Efficient Construction of Molecules with Potential Anticancer Properties"

Jiuqiang Liu (Mathematics) "Characteristics of Convex Cooperative Fuzzy Games"

MeeAe Nam (Music and Dance) "A CD Recording of A Historical Treasure; Forgotten Songs of Theodore Gouvy"

John A. Staunton  (English) "Imagining the Future Student in a Teacherless Landscape: Literature/Inquiry in Community"

Anette Wannamaker (English) "Theorizing the Early Reader: Aesthetics, Identity and Culture in Literature for Beginning Readers"

Gregg M. Wilmes  (Chemistry) "Functionalized Block Copolymer Micelles as Nanoreactors for Organic Catalysis"

Faculty Sabbatical Awards

2013-2014 College of Arts & Sciences Sabbatical Awards

One Semester Awards:

Steven Huprich (Psychology) "Personality Disorders: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Research"

Alissa Huth-Bocks (Psychology) "A Developmental Examination of Individual and Contextual Risks Impacting Mother-Child Relationship from Pregnancy to Three Years Post-Partum"

John McCurdy (History and Philosophy) "Billets and Barracks: Martial Space and the American Revolution"

Maria Milletti (Chemistry) "Using Molecular Dynamics Methods to Study the Interaction Between Small Molecule Inhibitors"

Christine Neufeld (English Language and Literature) "Gathering the Gossips: Acoustical Agency in Late Medieval Literature"

Amy Sacksteder  (Art) "The Fading Light: Collaborations With an Island"

Jennifer Seibert  (Art)  "A Short Documentary Film Project: The American Dream and The Pursuit of Happiness"

Solange Simoes (Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology and Women's and Gender Studies) Internationalizing Professional Development Through the Integration of Teaching, Research and Service"

Annette Wannamaker (English Language and Literature) "Theorizing the Early Reader: Aesthetics, Identity and Culture in Literature for Beginning Readers"

Two Semester Awards:

Leslie Atzmon (Art) "The Visual Power of Hebrew Letterforms in Torah Scrolls and Micrographic Texts"

Carla Harryman (English Language and Literature ) "Letters Not About Hope: A Collection of Creative Essays in Epistolary Form"

Kristin Judd (Biology) "Examining Links Between Microbial Community Composition and Ecosystem Function in a Stream Network"

Ellen Schwartz (Art) "Cast Bronze Icons: Audience and Significance in the Middle Byzantine Era"

Richard Stahler-Sholk  (Political Science) "Indigenous Autonomy and Social Movements: Lessons from the Zapatista Experience in Chiapas, Mexico"

Sherry Jerome Wilkinson (Music and Dance) "The Ballet Project: A Proposal to Earn Certifications in Multiple Dance Pedagogical Methods"

Bill Woodland (Economics) "Regression to the Mean and the Major League Baseball Season Wins Total Betting Market"

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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