by Debra Johnson, Published March 25, 2013
YPSILANTI - Four Eastern Michigan University faculty members were honored for their excellence in teaching, research and other categories during its 26th annual Academic Awards celebration held Wednesday, March 20.
The Academic Awards are part of the weeklong celebration on Eastern's campus known as the "Week of Excellence" where faculty, staff and students are honored for their years of service, and their contributions to the University.
"The Week of Excellence honors what Eastern Michigan University is all about - the empowering of students," said Sandy Norton, professor and Faculty Senate President at EMU. "The Academic Awards ceremony singles out some of our most dedicated instructors and through their comments, the recipients were clearly moved, and those who heard them were also moved by their stories."
The Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award is the highest honor a faculty member can receive at the University. Four to six faculty members are recognized each year and the recipients of The Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award will receive a plaque and a $3,500 honorarium and the Full-Time Lecturers Outstanding Teaching Award winner will receive a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium.
The recipients honored were:
Margaret Crouch, a professor in the history and philosophy department was acknowledged as Eastern Michigan University's nominee for the 6th Annual Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year. This award recognizes outstanding faculty contributions to undergraduate instruction and is sponsored by the President's Council of State Universities of Michigan.
Several awards for service and scholarships were also announced during the ceremony including recipients of the Academic Service-Learning Fellowships, Sabbatical Leave recipients, Faculty Research Fellowships, Provost's New Faculty Research Awards, and Undergraduate Research Stimulus Program Awards.
Other events celebrated during the Week of Excellence included the Graduate Research Fair, the Employee Service Recognition Awards, College of Education Celebration of Excellence, the Staff Gold Medallion Awards and the Undergraduate Symposium.