Willamette presents faculty awards for teaching and scholarship
Ten Willamette University professors were honored Monday night with awards for their scholarship, leadership, service and teaching excellence.
"The faculty of Willamette University set the standard of intellectual growth and exceptional learning," interim President Larry Large said at the awards ceremony. "You share your knowledge with our students, but more importantly, you share your time, your energy, your compassion."
The winners are:
Alisa Bates, assistant professor of education, Graduate School of Education
Bates earned the Lawrence D. Cress Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship, which recognizes the relationship between research and the undergraduate experience and often involves joint faculty-student research. In her three years at GSE, Bates has published six articles, has three more at press and has begun work on three other research efforts. She has also presented at 11 major conferences. Her work primarily focuses on classroom- and student-teacher interactions.
Gerry Bowers, professor of English
Bowers, received the Richard Iltis Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented by the Mortar Board to a retiring professor for a lifetime of honorable service to the students, staff, university, community and their profession. Bowers taught for 39 years at Willamette, including more than a decade at Tokyo International University of America. His courses included creative writing, lyric poetry and Asian literature, among other topics. His scholarly work focused on his long-time interest in English Romantic poetry.
Melissa Buis-Michaux, associate professor of politics
Buis-Michaux earned the Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching for her distinguished teaching and leadership. Her students praise her as an outstanding facilitator of discussion who teaches them to think and engage, to evaluate and support arguments and to read more deeply. Her colleagues refer to her as the "master of the seminar," and applaud her use of service learning in her courses, her renovation of the department's internship program and her overall dedication to her students.
Ricardo de Mambro Santos, assistant professor of art history
De Mambro Santos won the Lawrence D. Cress Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship, which recognizes the important relationship between research and the undergraduate experience and often involves joint faculty-student research. He has produced nine single-author books, numerous articles and chapters, and nine curated exhibitions. He is working one-on-one with multiple students to prepare the U.S. premiere of a Renaissance drawing exhibition for the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.
Paul Diller, associate professor of law, College of Law
Diller earned the Robert L. Misner Award for faculty excellence. In his five years at Willamette, he has published five major law review articles in highly ranked legal journals. His last article will be published in the University of Chicago Law Review, which is ranked in the top ten out of 963 legal journals published in the U.S. Publishing an article in such a journal is considered a remarkable accomplishment and something only a select number of legal scholars have the opportunity to do.
Emily Drew, assistant professor of sociology and American ethnic studies
Drew won the Professor of the Year award, presented by the Mortar Board and chosen by College of Liberal Arts students. She teaches courses on racism, race and ethnicity, urban sociology, mass media and social change. Her primary areas of research involve understanding how race and racism operate inside of social institutions, particularly higher education, media and urban planning. She has been actively engaged in anti-racism organizing and activism for almost 20 years.
Ellen Eisenberg, Dwight & Margaret Lear Professor of American History and chair of American ethnic studies
Eisenberg received the United Methodist Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service for her impact in the community and the classroom. Praised as an effective and challenging instructor, her students say she makes them better writers, historians, thinkers and independent learners. She has served on the Faculty Council and numerous campus committees, and directed the World Views seminar and the College Colloquium.
Larry Ettner, professor of management practice, Atkinson Graduate School of Management
Ettner received the Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching for his distinguished teaching and leadership. Ettner has developed and taught three experiential PACE courses. His student evaluations note that his "enthusiasm and ability to think outside the box was refreshing" and he "is invested in the students and wants to help them succeed." He has served on several committees and as AGSM faculty representative to the Board of Trustees.
Kathy Graham, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law, College of Law
Graham, who is retiring this year, earned the Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching for her distinguished teaching and leadership. She taught at the College of Law for 33 years. For the last 23, she served as associate dean. Her service was loyal, conscientious, efficient and effective. "I have worked closely with her and have had the opportunity to observe her dedication, hard work ethic and unselfishness," Dean Symeon Symeonides said.
Richard Hagedorn, Rosalind Van Winkle Melton Endowed Professor of Law, College of Law
Hagedorn, who is retiring this year, received the Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching for his distinguished teaching and leadership. He was voted Outstanding Law Professor of the Year in 1994, and he received the United Methodist Award in 1996. Law students provide ample testimony of his excellence as a teacher. They say "he is well-prepared, well-organized and authoritative," and "he presents the subject matter in a crystal-clear manner."