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Recent Research Awards

2016 FACULTY HONOREES

These OU faculty members were honored on April 6 at the annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon for their scholarly achievements, dedication, path-breaking discoveries in research and their critical teaching roles.

The University formally recognizes faculty members whose teaching and research excellence, creative achievements and community service have contributed to the betterment of society.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

GRAHAM CASSANO, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology
Area of Recognition: Teaching

HSIANG-HUA (MELANIE) CHANG, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chinese
Area of Recognition: Service

FERMAN ALBERT CHAVEZ, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry
Area of Recognition: Research

FELICIA CHONG, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Writing
Area of Recognition: Teaching

ANNETTE M. GILSON, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English
Area of Recognition: Service

SHAILESH KUMAR LAL, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Science
Area of Recognition: Research

LI LI, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Area of Recognition: Research

KANAKO TAKU, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology
Area of Recognition: Teaching

JULIE KRISTEN WALTERS, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Public Administration
Area of Recognition: Service

ALISON ROLLER WOERNER, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Dance
Area of Recognition: Research

YANG XIA, Ph.D., Professor of Physics
Area of Recognition: Research

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Venugopal Balijepally, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management Information Systems
Area of Recognition: Research

Robert A. Nehmer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accounting
Area of Recognition: Service

Steven James Stanton II, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing
Area of Recognition: Teaching

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES

Lizabeth A. Guzniczak, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Education
Area of Recognition: Teaching

Jessica Korneder, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education
Area of Recognition: Service

Emery M. Petchauer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education
Area of Recognition: Scholarship

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE 

Yin-Ping (Daniel) Chang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Area of Recognition: Service

Tao Shu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Engineering
Area of Recognition: Research

SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES 

Jennifer F. Lucarelli, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Health Sciences
Area of Recognition: Research

SCHOOL OF NURSING 

Kathleen Walsh Spencer, D.N.P., Special Instructor of Nursing
Area of Recognition: Service

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Judith M. Venuti, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Area of Recognition: Teaching

UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES 

Amanda Nichols Hess, M.S.I., Assistant Professor of University Libraries
Area of Recognition: Teaching and Research

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE MENTOR

Julia Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Educational Leadership
Department of Organizational Leadership, School of Education and Human Services

2016 EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

Each year, the Oakland University Senate Teaching and Learning Committee and the University Research Committee honor faculty members whose teaching and research efforts have achieved singular praise or recognition. These individuals receive the Teaching Excellence Award, Research Excellence Award, New Investigator Research Excellence Award or Excellence in Teaching Award for their work. Recipients are chosen based on nominations submitted by Oakland students, faculty and staff, student letters of recommendation and materials provided by the nominee.

Excellence in Teaching Award

Helena Riha, Ph.D., Special Lecturer
Department of Linguistics

Teaching Excellence Award

Anthony Kenneth Tufie (Tuf) Francis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education
Department of Teacher Development and Educational Studies

New Investigator Research Excellence Award

Courtney Brannon Donoghue, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies
Department of English

Research Excellence Award

Lianxiang Yang, Ph.D., Professor of Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering

2015 University Assessment Award

Graduate and Doctoral Counseling Programs, M.A. in Counseling: Community and School Emphases and Ph.D. in Education: Counseling Emphasis