ODU Faculty, Administrators Honored at Annual Awards Dinner
May 04, 2017
Faculty members and administrators from Old Dominion University were honored during the University's 2017 Faculty Awards and Retirement Dinner.
The evening also included recognition for faculty members retiring, receiving promotion and tenure and marking milestones at the University.
The Old Dominion University Alumni Association presented two awards. The A. Rufus Tonelson Faculty Award was presented to Ed Neukrug, professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services. The Alumni Association New Faculty Award was presented to Helen Crompton, assistant professor in the Department of Teaching & Learning.
The Faculty Research Award, presented each spring to tenured employees who exhibit consistent excellence in research efforts, was shared by two faculty members - Kent Carpenter, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Katherine Hammond, director of theatre in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts. The award recognizes the accomplishments of faculty members who achieve national prominence for high-quality research and scholarship.
The event recognized Old Dominion's two recipients of Outstanding Faculty Awards from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) this year: Anatoly Radyushkin, professor and Eminent Scholar in the Department of Physics, and Jennifer Michaeli, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Technology.
Other finalists for the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards - Nikos Chrisochoides, professor in the Department of Computer Science; Luisa Igloria, professor of English; William Judge, professor in the Department of Management; Sylvain Marsillac, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Bonnie Van Lunen, professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training - were also recognized.
Ian Balitsky, professor of physics, and Michelle Kelley, professor of psychology, received the title Eminent Scholar. Alex Godunov of the Department of Physics and Mohammad Najand of the Department of Finance were named University Professors. Andrew Cohen of the Department of Finance and Janis Krebs Smith of English were given the title University Distinguished Teacher.
Other award winners included:
Teaching with Technology Award -- Robert Strozak, senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Provost's Award for Leadership in International Education -- Colm Whelan, professor and Eminent Scholar of physics.
Provost's Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentorship -- Sandeep Kumar, associate professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award -- Paul Leccese in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.
Doctoral Mentoring Award -- Shana Pribesh, associate professor in the Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership.
Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award -- Ling Li, professor, Eminent Scholar and chair of the Department of Information Technology & Decision Sciences.
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award -- Michael Polanco in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Laboratory Award -- Saygin Baksi in electrical and computer engineering.
Kate Broderick Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education -- Karen Sanzo, associate professor of educational foundations & leadership.
New Advisor of the Year -- Stacey Parks in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Advising Administrator of the Year -- Christine Ricks of Advising and Transfer Programs.
Excellence in Advising in the Primary Role Award -- Michele Mitchell of Interdisciplinary Studies, who also received the Association of University Administrators Monarch Professional Award.
J. Worth Pickering Administrator of the Year Award -- Renee Olander, associate vice president for regional higher education centers.