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SEHS Faculty and Student Recognized for Outstanding Accomplishments

Thursday, April 19, 2012
SEHS Faculty and Student Recognized for Outstanding Accomplishments

The School of Education and Human Services would like to congratulate the following faculty members and students on their recent University awards and recognitions.


Oakland University hosted the 17th Annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon, a Founder’s Day event to celebrate academic excellence in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service on Monday, April 9, 2012. Each year three full-time faculty members from the School of Education and Human Services are awarded this recognition.  This year I’m proud to announce the recipients for SEHS were:

  • Teaching - Assistant Professor Erin Binkley, Counseling Department
  • Scholarship - Associate Professor & Chair Jana Nidiffer, Educational Leadership Department
  • Service - Special Instructor Mark Doman, Human Resource Development Department

We are thrilled to announce Dr. Linda Pavonetti, Chair of the Reading and Language Arts Department has earned the rank of Full Professor.


We are also excited to share recent Emeritus Recognitions from the School of Education and Human Services:

  • Dr. Luellen Ramey, retired Associate Professor from the Counseling Department
  • Dr. Toni S. Walters, retired Professor from the Reading and Language Arts Department


In recognition of the many outstanding accomplishments of Oakland University’s Administrative Professional (AP) employees the Administrative Professional Award honors the exemplary service and exceptional contributions made by individual AP employees. The 2011 School of Education and Human Service AP recipients are:

  • Avni Dalal, Office of the Dean, Development
  • Lisa A. Reeves, Office of Professional Development and Education Outreach


This award is named for longtime employee Sharon Wilhelm; the award honors high-level administrative staff members who evoke Wilhelm’s devotion to outstanding service, extraordinary work ethic and supportive can-do attitude. One of the recipients of this award this year was from the School of Education and Human Service:

  •  Jenny Cloutier, OUCARES


This award is offered by the Office of the Provost recognizing outstanding research and scholarship on the part of our students.  Although these awards are granted after students have completed their studies, receiving this distinctive recognition improves the chances of having their work published for a broader audience.  This, in turn, can lead to recognition of faculty members, university departments and Oakland in general, as well as lead to the recruitment of outstanding future students.

 The 2011 Most Outstanding Dissertation Award recipient was Lisa Ann Sturges.  Lisa was only one of two recipients for dissertations.  We are proud to recognize her and her accomplishments along with Associate Professor Sherri Oden, Dissertation Chairperson.  Lisa’s dissertation is titled: Toward a Systematic and Intentional Approach to Leadership Development for the Early Childhood Profession. Lisa completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Education: Early Childhood Education degree and will be recognized at the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, April 28, 2012.