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College presents faculty with awards for research, teaching and mentoring

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LAWRENCE – Faculty contributions in research, teaching and mentoring were recognized recently with a series of awards from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas. The prizes acknowledge outstanding professors for commitment to advising and teaching to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as innovation in research. The following awards were presented this spring.

Gene A. Budig Teaching Professorship in Social and Behavioral Sciences

The Budig Teaching Professorship Award recognizes faculty in the social and behavioral sciences who demonstrate a profound and excellent commitment to teaching. Winners receive a $5,000 prize and carry the title of Gene A. Budig Teaching Professor for the academic year.

  • Mark Joslyn, associate professor of political science

Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award

The Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award honors a unit in the College that is doing exemplary work to improve undergraduate student advising with an award of $1,000.

  • Department of Speech-Language-Hearing

Byron A. Alexander Graduate Mentor Award

The Byron A. Alexander Graduate Mentor Award has been given to faculty in the College since 1993. Winners have helped graduate students make the most of their experience and opportunities at KU and receive a $1,000 prize.

  • Nyla Branscombe, professor of psychology

John C. Wright Graduate Mentor Award

The John C. Wright Graduate Mentor Award has been given to faculty in the College since 2002. Winners have helped graduate students make the most of their experience and opportunities at KU and receive a $750 prize.

  • Matt Gillispie, clinical associate professor of speech-language-hearing

J. Michael Young Academic Advisor Award

The J. Michael Young Academic Advisor Award honors exceptional commitment to undergraduate advising. Students nominate the professors for enhancing their experience at KU through the advising relationship. The honor comes with a $1,000 award.

  • Judith McCrea, professor of visual art
  • Shannon Portillo, associate professor of public affairs & administration
  • Lorie Vanchena, associate professor of Germanic languages & literatures

Grant K. Goodman Undergraduate Mentor Award

The Grant K. Goodman Undergraduate Mentor Award recognizes faculty who are selfless with their time and experience and continue to have lasting mentoring relationships with students long after they leave the classroom. Winners receive a $1,000 award.

  • Kristi Neufeld, associate professor of molecular biosciences

Tony Arnold Faculty Research Stipend

The Tony Arnold Faculty Research Stipend is awarded to a faculty member who submits an outstanding General Research Fund proposal. Winners receive $1,200 to fund their research projects.

  • Michael Crawford, professor of anthropology
  • Jessica Gerschultz, assistant professor of African & African-American studies

Funds for the awards are managed by KU Endowment, the independent nonprofit foundation serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences encourages learning without boundaries in its more than 50 departments, programs and centers. Through innovative research and teaching, the College emphasizes interdisciplinary education, global awareness and experiential learning. The College is KU's broadest, most diverse academic unit.


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