Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Founders’ Day marks faculty accomplishments
By Rebecca Wyatt Thomas, OU Web Writer
|Ron Cramer, who was elevated to the rank of Distinguished Professor in 2002, talked about his title of distinguished professor and what it has meant to him during the Faculty Appreciation Lucheon.|
Oakland University’s Founders’ Day is a way to formally celebrate the history and future of OU. The faculty provide the basis for the education the students receive and on Founders’ Day, OU honors their excellence in teaching, scholarship, research and service.
“Each Founders’ Day, we look forward to formally recognizing, encouraging and supporting faculty teaching and research excellence, scholarly productivity, creative achievements and community service,” said OU President Gary Russi. “Your contributions in and outside of the classroom enable Oakland University students to enter the workforce or graduate school highly prepared and ready to make a difference in the world around them.”
This year, 26 faculty members were honored for their accomplishments.
Ron Cramer, who was elevated to the rank of Distinguished Professor in 2002, talked about his title of distinguished professor and what it has meant to him. Later in the program, Ronald Finucane, professor of history, was recognized for becoming the 2007 Distinguished Professor.
The Assessment Excellence Award was presented to the Studio Art in recognition of the program’s model of the North Central Association’s culture of assessment goal by integrating assessment findings with program revisions. The program will receive $5,000 and is encouraged to use the money to fund enhancements to the assessment process and will be recognized on a plaque to be displayed in the Kresge Library lobby.
The OU Senate Teaching and Learning Committee and University Research Committee annually honor faculty whose teaching and research efforts merit singular praise. The three individuals who received such honors this year include:
- Peter Bertocci, professor of anthropology, recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award;
- Linda Benson, professor of history, recipient of the Research Excellence Award;
- Daniel Aloi, assistant professor of engineering, recipient of the New Investigator Research Excellence Award;
- Timothy Briggs, special lecturer in Rhetoric, recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award.
The list of 2007 honorees include:
College of Arts and Sciences
School of Business Administration
School of Education and Human Services
School of Engineering and Computer Science
School of Health Sciences
- Eddie Cheng, professor of mathematics and statistics
- Dagmar Cronn, professor of chemistry
- Kenneth Kroesche, associate professor in the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
- Weldon (Don) Matthews, associate professor of history
- Frances Meuser, associate professor of modern languages
- J. Patrick Piskulich, associate professor of political science
- Mark Rigstad, assistant professor of philosophy
- Gary Shepherd, professor of sociology and anthropology
- Rachel Smydra, special instructor of English
- Jacqueline Wiggins, professor and chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
School of Nursing
- Anne Switzer, information services and outreach librarian and assistant professor for Kresge Library