Radford University Honors Outstanding Faculty and Staff
Radford University honored six outstanding faculty and staff members during the 2012 Spring Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 5.
Each year the university recognizes teaching and administrative faculty members whose performance has been exceptional.
Award nominations are made by members of the Radford University community and are recommended to President Penelope W. Kyle by the Faculty Awards Committee.
Through the generosity of the Radford University Foundation, each award recipient receives a plaque and a monetary prize, and has the privilege of consulting with a committee of colleagues to select an outstanding student to receive a scholarship in the award recipient’s name.
Awards and recipients:
The Donald N. Dedmon Distinguished Teaching Professor Award went to Niels Christensen, associate professor of psychology and interim associate director of the Honors Academy. The Dedmon award is given each year to a faculty member who is dedicated to teaching as a primary function at the university and demonstrates excellence in teaching and advising of students.
The Distinguished Creative Scholar Award was presented to Stephen Owen, associate professor of criminal justice and Core Curriculum director. This award recognizes a faculty member who has a consistent record of creative contributions to his/her discipline, which includes basic and applied research, artistic production and creation of original works.
The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Tod Burke, professor of criminal justice and associate dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences. This award was established to recognize faculty whose service, over an extended period of time, has contributed most significantly to the enhancement of the university's operations, academic climate and sense of community.
The Anna Lee Stewart Award for Contributions to Faculty Development went to Jason Burton, distance learning and multimedia specialist in the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. This award recognizes faculty and staff who have contributed substantially to the professional development of their colleagues.
The Distinguished Faculty Advising Award was presented to Karen Francl, associate professor of biology. This award recognizes teaching faculty who demonstrate excellence in tending to the important responsibility of academic advising.
The Award for Administrative and Professional Excellence went to Patricia Shoemaker, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. This award recognizes administrative and professional faculty for distinguished leadership and superior service in their area of professional activity within the university.