CORVALLIS - Four Oregon State University faculty members have earned honors from the campus chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Faculty members who have achieved scholarly distinction may be elected to Phi Kappa Phi membership in limited numbers.
Faculty honorees include: Janet Lee, director of women studies; Barbara J. Moon, director of continuing education, distance and continuing education; Gary Tiedeman, professor of sociology; and Joseph W. Spatafora, assistant professor of botany and plant pathology.
Moon's leadership has been credited with helping touch off the explosive exponential growth of distance education in the Pacific Northwest and forging a path for the growth of the field. She has lectured on distance education and is instrumental in advising students how to take advantage of the opportunities credited by distance education.
Lee has conducted research on menarche and the politics of the body, including an ethical critique about cultural views and stigmas of the female body. She has also received the College of Liberal Arts Researcher of the Year Award for her work that bridges two disciplines -- women studies and sociology. Lee's research includes her writing of a joint biography of Grace Hutchins and Anna Rochester, "Comrades and Partners."
Tiedeman has served as president of the Interinstitutional Faculty Senate and directs OSU's Liberal Studies Program. He joined the Oregon State faculty in 1970 and served as president of the OSU Faculty Senate and the statewide Association of Oregon Faculties. Tiedeman also has chaired OSU's Department of Sociology, and served as director for its university honors program.
Spatafora was recognized with the society's Emerging Scholar Faculty Award. He was selected based upon his international reputation for research on the molecular systematics of fungi; for his development of a computer interface that expands access to the OSU Mycological Collection; and for his reputation as an instructor and mentor of undergraduate and graduate students interested in mycology. He received membership in Phi Kappa Phi, along with a $1,000 honorarium.
Phi Kappa Phi is a national scholastic honor society founded in 1897, with membership open to all fields of study. The purpose of the society is to recognize academic excellence and to encourage scholarship. The OSU chapter was founded in 1924 and is one of 26 general honor societies on campus.