The recipients of the 2011 Faculty Achievement Awards, with top graduating students from every degree program, will be honored at the University Honors Convocation on Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.
This year’s Faculty Achievement Award recipients are Dr. William L. Anderson, Department of Economics, for Academic Accomplishment; Dr. Scott P. Johnson, Department of Political Science, for Academic Accomplishment; and Dr. Yan Bao, Department of Accounting, for University and Community Service. The awards are made possible through generous gifts to the FSU Foundation, Inc.
In addition to the faculty awards, one graduating student per degree program will be honored for academic excellence and leadership. Faculty in each program have selected 12 graduate students and 36 undergraduate students to be recognized. Also commended will be 30 undergraduate students receiving Honors in General Education, based on completion of all requirements of the University Honors Program.
Anderson, an associate professor of economics, is being honored for significant contributions to his field and the FSU community. His extensive body of work consists of 25 peer-reviewed journal publications, three book chapters, nearly 30 presentations at national conferences, nine published book reviews and 20 other publications in various newspapers and magazines. He recently authored a book about Austrian Economics, a branch of neo-classical economics, which will be published later this year. Anderson has been a consultant on prominent legal cases and has been interviewed by "Russia Today" and the BBC for his expertise on economic policy. Anderson’s teaching ranges from helping new freshman majors up to challenging graduate-level students; his ratings have been consistently high. As one of his colleagues states, Anderson is “hardworking, determined and always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done effectively.”
Over the past few years, Johnson, an associate professor of political science, has produced an impressive collection of scholarly work, the most prominent being a two-volume encyclopedia titled “Trials of the Century: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture and the Law.” This work contains a chronological summary and analysis of over 100 American trials and is quickly becoming a valuable reference work for high school and college libraries around the country. Johnson has authored articles on Supreme Court decisions and criminal evidence in law journals and instructors manuals and study guides for two leading textbooks on criminal justice; he has also given numerous conference presentations on constitutional law and criminal justice. Finally, Johnson has been instrumental in mentoring FSU students, many of whom have gone on to law school and successful legal careers.
Bao, an associate professor of accounting, has been instrumental in FSU’s China Initiative by helping the University build an academic relationship with Hunan Normal University in China. Bao has generously volunteered her time to translate recruitment materials and correspondence and has worked to assist Chinese students at FSU through orientation, advising, class selection and registration. In fall 2009, Bao spent her sabbatical in China, working toward the goal of offering FSU’s MBA program at Hunan University of Commerce in 2012. In addition, she is one of the founding members of Allegany Academy, Inc., a nonprofit corporation established to help open the first charter school in Allegany County. Regarding her service, one of her colleagues said it best: “Dr. Bao is an outstanding, effective and skilled ambassador for the University.”
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