Central Michigan University to honor top faculty

Nine faculty members to receive awards at the Faculty Excellence Exhibition
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Central Michigan University will honor several outstanding faculty members at the 2014 Faculty Excellence Exhibition at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in the Park Library Auditorium. President’s and Provost’s Awards, Excellence in Teaching Awards, Faculty Distinguished Service Award, and the Lorrie Ryan Memorial Teaching Award will be given to 10 faculty members.

President’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity

Created for peers to select and recognize outstanding senior faculty members for scholarship of national and international merit.

  • Tom Weirich, accounting, has made significant contributions to both academic and professional literature that has impacted actual practice in accounting and what is taught in classrooms on auditing throughout the U.S.
  • Larissa Niec, psychology, is an internationally recognized researcher, a licensed psychologist and one of only 16 Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Master Trainers worldwide.

Provost’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity

Created for peers to select and recognize less experienced faculty members for scholarship of national and international merit.

  • Crina Tarasi, marketing and hospitality services administration, is recognized for her cutting edge research on the financial implications and outcomes related to marketing strategy decisions.

Faculty Distinguished Service Award

The Office of the Provost created this award in 2002 to acknowledge faculty with a record of sustained and distinguished service.

  • David Ash, chemistry, has been a highly involved member of the CMU community, consistently participating in the life and governance of the institution.

Lorrie Ryan Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award

Given each year to a faculty member who inspires students through exemplary commitment to community service and demonstrates a profound mentorship and respect for others.

  • René Revis Shingles, rehabilitation and medical sciences, teaches students to be open-minded and keeps students interested in the topics she teaches.

Excellence in Teaching Awards

Created by the Academic Senate to provide special recognition to faculty members who exceed the usual standards and expectations.

  • René Revis Shingles, rehabilitation and medical sciences, facilitates hands-on activities within the classroom as she increases the overall knowledge level of the class.
  • Jennifer Wirz, counseling and special education, engages students through practical application based on theory and research.
  • Adam Epstein, finance and law, has students who refer to his ability to create a positive learning environment through providing interesting and inspiring course content.
  • Elizabeth Alm, biology, displays a passion for the subject of teaching.
  • Matthew Echelberger, English, plans creative and practical assignments that engage and motivate students.