The University Honors College has named Henri Jansen and Janet Lee UHC Eminent Professors for 2014. UHC Eminent Professor awards recognize faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the education and mentorship of the high-achieving students in the University Honors College.
“Dr. Lee and Dr. Jansen are committed to the kind of engaged, student-centered teaching that is the foundation of the Honors College experience and our students’ success,” said UHC Associate Dean Tara Williams.
Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Janet Lee has been one of the UHC’s most valued and active faculty partners for over a decade. Lee came to Oregon State University in 1991 and directed the program in Women Studies from her arrival until 2002. Upon returning to teaching and research full time, Lee became a regular contributor to the UHC curriculum, offering courses in Global Women, Men and Masculinities, and Women: Self and Society. She has also twice served as the primary mentor to an Honors College undergraduate thesis, and her engagement with and commitment to the UHC has been instrumental in building a strong collaborative relationship between the college and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. Lee’s excellence as a teacher and campus leader has been widely recognized, most recently when she received both the Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award and C. Warren Hovland Service Award in 2011. In recognition of her record of service, teaching, and mentorship, a panel of peers selected Janet Lee as a UHC Eminent Professor for 2014.
Professor Henri Jansen of the Department of Physics has been a dedicated partner of the University Honors College for nearly fifteen years. The chair of the physics department since 1998, Jansen has also taught a UHC version of introductory physics thirteen times. This engagement is emblematic of his commitment to lower division science education and the UHC ideal of giving Honors College students opportunities to work with the university’s leading senior faculty members from the outset of their time at Oregon State. Jansen’s involvement with UHC students has carried throughout their careers, and he has served as the primary mentor on three UHC undergraduate theses. In addition, Jansen’s leadership in the Department of Physics has helped to establish and maintain honors physics as a mainstay of the UHC curriculum, a foundational component of many UHC students’ experience in the college. A faculty panel selected Jansen as the 2014 Sandy and Elva Sanders Eminent Professor in the University Honors College to honor his longstanding contributions to the UHC and his dedicated support to high-achieving students at Oregon State University.