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CLA Awards 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts honored top faculty and staff this week during its annual CLA Day.
Award recipients were nominated by their supervisors, colleagues, and students. Dean Larry Rodgers presented certificates to the honorees for their achievements at the event, which was held at Withycombe Hall Theatre. The winners were:
• Marisa Chappell, associate professor of history, was presented the Thomas R. Meehan Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching in the College of Liberal Arts. Chappell was nominated for her innovative methods to engage students in the classroom, which includes activities such as role playing historical figures and asking undergraduates to perform scholarly research.
• Bryan Tilt, associate professor of anthropology, was presented the Robert J. Frank Research, Scholarship and Creativity Award. This award helps raise the visibility of College scholars and creative artists, honors exceptionally productive individual researchers, and challenges others to engage in research and creative endeavors. Tilt was nominated for the success of his first book, “The Struggle in Rural China: Environmental Values and Civil Society” and for more than 15 peer-reviewed journal articles. Tilt also has funding from the National Science Foundation for his work on a dam-impact assessment model.
• Janet Lee, professor of women studies, was presented the C. Warren Hovland Service Award, which recognizes outstanding recent and accumulated service to the College, University, and community. Lee was recognized for helping to build the Women Studies program in its early years, and for her leadership as the program melded into the School of Language, Culture, and Society. The C. Warren Hovland Service Award honors C. Warren Hovland, faculty member from 1949 to 1986, for his many contributions to the growth and vitality of the College of Liberal Arts.
•Stuart Sarbacker, assistant professor of philosophy, was presented with the Bill and Caroline Wilkins Faculty Development Award. This award is granted to a College faculty member to enhance teaching skills, improve curriculum, advance research opportunities, or take advantage of career development opportunities. Sarbacker was honored for his scholarly output, which includes one book already published and two in development. Since 2009, Sarbacker has developed five new courses and has plans for more courses focused on the traditions of Islam in south Asia.
• Nathan Walters, who works in student services for the college, received the Carolyn Maresh Professional Staff Award, which recognizes outstanding job performance and dedication to the College. Walters was recognized for learning and implementing the new MyDegrees program as well as his service as a graduation clerk. The award honors Carolyn Maresh, longtime assistant to the Dean of CLA for Business Affairs.
About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college's research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.