Frostburg State University will present four professors with Faculty Achievement Awards during this year's University Honors Convocation at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25, in the Drama Theatre of the campus Performing Arts Center.
This year's recipients include Dr. Cindy E. Herzog, Department of Psychology and Dr. Shawn P. Johansen, Department of History, both for Teaching; Professor Kathleen H. Powell, Department of Social Work, for University/Community Service and Dr. James C. Saku, Department of Geography, for Academic Accomplishment.
Dr. Herzog's enthusiasm for teaching has become legendary for the many students that she has coached in the discipline of psychology over the past 15 years. Her colleagues marvel at the consistently mind-boggling high student ratings that she has received in all her classes, even during her tenure as department chair. Dr. Herzog has also reached out to other disciplines in her teaching. The unusual perspective that she brought to a learning community course taught with a colleague in accounting is indicative of her ecumenical teaching skills. Her authentic empathy for all students and her ability to nurture their eagerness to become young scholars sets a high standard for teaching excellence.
Dr. Johansen was nominated by his department for his distinctive combination of traditional and innovative teaching methods that have won high praise from his students and some envy from his older colleagues. He has a unique ability to connect with all students while insisting on rigorous academic standards. His skill in invoking student involvement in the classroom makes his classes an enjoyable learning experience for the various levels and variety of courses that he has taught at FSU since 1995. Dr. Johansen has also become a highly respected participant in faculty governance and has recently published a book on fatherhood in 19th century America.
Since joining the FSU faculty in 1990, Professor Powell has labored diligently and heroically to gain accreditation for the undergraduate social work program. She wrote most of the texts for three self-study documents, conducted alumni surveys, developed multiple editions of supporting documents and fieldwork programs and manuals, and worked with the State Attorney General's Office to produce a certified affiliation agreement for internship sites. This monumental accreditation effort, begun two years before Professor Powell arrived, required ten more years of her determined leadership to fully materialize. For six of those ten years, she also served as chair of a newly developed social work department. For the past several years, Professor Powell has also conscientiously served in a variety of other social outreach programs in Western Maryland, all aimed at elevating social justice.
Sustained commitment to published scholarship on the Canadian North is the quality that earned Dr. Saku the Academic Accomplishment Award. This year's academic recipient has conscientiously and successfully redressed the scholarly imbalance marked by lack of knowledge about this important region of the world. His numerous journal publications and monographs on the relationship between geography, demography, and economic development in the Mackenzie Basin in particular has earned Dr. Saku wide recognition among scholars in several disciplines. His insights into the role of aborigines in Canada's development are also noteworthy. His many conference presentations at Canadian Studies meetings add another important dimension to his work. In the classroom he is very warmly regarded by his students.
In addition to the Faculty Achievement Awards, the University Honors Convocation recognizes students who have earned Graduate Program Honors, Undergraduate Department Honors and Honors in General Education.
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