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Faculty Achievements Honored at FSU Convocation

Faculty Achievements Honored at FSU Convocation The recipients of the 2009 Faculty Achievement Awards, along with top graduating students from every degree program, will be honored at the Frostburg State University Honors Convocation on Friday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the Pealer Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Faculty Achievement Award recipients are Dr. Megan E. Bradley, Department of Psychology; Dr. Richard L. Raesly, Department of Biology; and Dr. Amit J. Shah, Department of Management, for Academic Accomplishment; Dr. Thomas F. Hawk, Department of Management, for Teaching; and Dr. Hongqi Li, Department of Biology, for University and Community Service. The awards are made possible through generous gifts to the FSU Foundation, Inc.

Bradley joined the Department of Psychology in 1999. She is one of the primary faculty recipients of a grant from the University System of Maryland to redesign the introductory psychology course in collaboration with the National Center for Academic Transformation. She has published an article in the “British Journal of Educational Technology” concerning students’ participation in online discussions and is recognized for her extensive expertise in the area of online education. Bradley also wrote the student study guide for one of the most widely used texts in developmental psychology. Most notable is her successful grant application to the National Science Foundation to conduct research on the development of deception in children between the ages of four and 11. The NSF also requested that her preliminary findings be used for its “2009 Highlights,” an internal publication that showcases “research of high caliber and strong public interest.” Bradley gave two poster presentations with student co-authors at national meetings based on this research.

Raesly joined the Department of Biology in 1989. His research interests include systematics of freshwater fishes, biological monitoring, the ecology and evolution of introduced species and the biology of endangered species. He has been awarded over $1 million in grants in his 20-year career at Frostburg, and nearly $.5 million within the last three years, as principal or co-principal investigator. A number of different agencies have funded Raesly’s research activities, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Raesly has coauthored 20 publications with colleagues and former (or current) students. Dr. Raesly has several manuscripts in press on freshwater fish.

Shah joined the Department of Management in 1989 and has been a prolific writer and researcher ever since. He has presented 51 papers and workshops at various regional, national and international professional meetings. In the past five years he has published 21 journal articles, two of which have received the “Best Paper” awards in the “Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education and the International Journal of Management.” His co-authored textbook, “Introduction to Business, “sold over 7,000 copies in its first semester of publication, and its applied approach is fast becoming a popular choice for professors. Furthermore, recognizing the scarcity of literature on micro-entrepreneurial activity, Shah collaborated with two colleagues to examine the three westernmost counties to determine the extent of microenterprises in Maryland. Their findings earned them a $5,000 grant to expand the research to the entire state.

Hawk became a faculty member in the Department of Management in 1972. His energetic and passionate dedication to teaching has been recognized by his peers and students alike. Hawk has consistently received the highest student evaluations in the department and has been rated by his peers as “outstanding” in teaching. He has won high praise for accommodating students’ myriad learning styles. His use of a single complex case for the entire semester has been his signature technique, with each case containing a number of interrelated issues faced by real managers in a real organization. Students have greatly benefitted from such active learning opportunities and from Hawk’s incisive feedback.

Li joined the Department of Biology in 2000 and has shown dedication to university/community service since then, particularly in the promotion of cross-cultural awareness. Li organized six large-scale events to celebrate Chinese traditional festivals with over 500 in attendance. He also founded the Chinese Culture Club at FSU in 2007 and continues to serve as its adviser. His participation in the Chinese Initiative and his work with Chinese exchange students since their arrival in fall 2008 has been exemplary. Moreover, in 2006 he organized a Carnivorous Plant Fair during the Sixth International Carnivorous Plants Conference at FSU. The Fair was an unusual learning experience for the adults and children who attended from the local area. His service complements the Strategic Plan of the College of Liberal Arts and Science.

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 13 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. For more information, contact the Office of the Provost at 301-687-4211.

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