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Jan. 23, 2004
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Eastern Michigan University honors seven faculty for teaching excellence

YPSILANTI - Seven Eastern Michigan University professors were honored at the 13 th Annual Teaching Excellence Awards Jan. 17 at McKenny Union. The awards honor faculty who have distinguished themselves in the classroom.

"The award winners all have been recognized because they help students develop the confidence to believe in themselves, because their passion for their discipline is infectious and because they connect the abstractions of the classroom with the realities of our students' personal and professional lives. They define what makes Eastern Michigan a special institution," said Paul Schollaert, EMU provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Faculty from each of the five colleges were nominated by former students and other faculty. EMU's largest college - arts and sciences - had three faculty members honored. Recipients receive an award commemorating the event, a medallion and a certificate. The event is hosted by the EMU Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations.

The recipients were:

H. Roger King , of Ann Arbor, professor of history. King has been at EMU for 35 years and was recognized for his ability to motivate, his love of history and his devotion to his students and to the University. He received a Michigan Humanities Council grant in 1992 for a program recognizing the 500 th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' voyage. King has a doctorate from Vanderbilt University, a master's degree from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor's degree from Bates College.

Terry Heck Seibert , of Ann Arbor, associate professor of theatre arts. Seibert was honored for her acting experience and her ability to inspire other actors through teaching, said Gillian Eaton, one of EMU's past McAndless Scholars. Among Seibert's awards is the Outstanding Achievement Award in Performance from the Michigan Allied Professional Theatres Alliance. She has a master's of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a bachelor's degree from EMU.

Jay Weinstein , of Dearborn, professor of sociology. Weinstein was honored for his contributions to research and service in sociology, his effectiveness in the classroom and his ability to energize students to take an interest in sociology. He is described by a former student as "a great source of support, encouragement and knowledge." Weinstein has a doctorate and bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois   (Urbana) and a master's degree from Washington University.

Fathi Sokkar, of Ypsilanti, professor of computer information systems.   Sokkar was honored for his expertise in supply chain management and e-business. A student nominator described him as organized and concise in the way he tackled material and described his confidence and enthusiasm with the analytical techniques as infectious. Sokkar has a doctorate from the University of Illinois, a master's degree from EMU and a bachelor's degree from Cairo University.

Georgea Langer , of Ypsilanti, professor of teacher education. Langer was honored for her ability to provide insights to prospective teachers so they can discover their best methods of teaching in a classroom. She emphasizes interrelationships between classroom teaching and the world outside while encouraging critical thinking and self-reliance, said a former student. Langer has a doctorate from Stanford University, a master's degree from Boston University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado.

Lynn Nybell , of Ann Arbor, associate professor of social work. Nybell was honored for her vast knowledge of social work practice and theory that she imparts to her students. She helps them understand the theory and practice of social work as it applies to their lives and field placement, said a former student. Nybell has made presentations on topics ranging from children's services to ethnic sensitivity and has consulted for agencies such as the Catholic Social Services. She has a doctorate, a master's and bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

Anthony Adamski , of Ypsilanti, associate professor of interdisciplinary technology (IT). Adamski was honored for his exceptional teaching style and his ability to present complex materials clearly while incorporating a sense of humor and stimulating student thinking. He also has written scholarly publications that represent cutting edge ideas within the highly important realm of human factors design in aviation, said nominator Paul Kuwik, EMU IT department head.   Adamski has a doctorate and bachelor's degree from Wayne State University and a master's degree from EMU.


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