The Provost’s Award for Excellence is a new award that recognizes outstanding faculty accomplishments in the areas of Teaching, Service, and Scholarly and Creative Activities. These awards are awarded for faculty accomplishments that exceed the norm expected of faculty at Cal Poly Pomona. For more information on the Provost's Awards for Excellence, please visit their website: The Provost Awards.
Congratulations to the 2013 winners of the Provost's Award for Excellence:
|Professor Laurie Starkey received the Provost's Award for Teaching. She has developed advanced teaching techniques for the organic chemistry classroom and adapted these techniques for online learning through Educator.com. She has authored an organic chemistry textbook and created a YouTube chemistry channel for teachers and students of all ages. Dr. Starkey has successfully introduced the Calibrated Peer Review into her courses, enabling students to work online to evaluate each other's work and making them an integral part of the teaching process. She also has incorporated online tutorials and quizzes to prepare students for challenging laboratories.|
|Dr. Simpson received the Excellence in Service Award. He taught for 40 years before earning emeritus status in 2009. He has served on numerous department, college, and university committees and as chemistry department chair and graduate studies coordinator. Dr. Simpson founded and led the Cooperative Education Program in the College of Science, placing 300 students a year at more than 125 companies. He was named an American Chemical Society Fellow in 2012 and chaired or organized numerous annual conferences. As principal investigator on contracts, grants and philanthropic funding, he brought in more than $4 million.|
|Professor Ravi received the Excellence in Scholarly & Creative Activities Award. A world-class materials scientist with a successful career in industry before coming to Cal Poly Pomona in 2000, Dr. Ravi has done pioneering research on the mechanical properties of thermoelectric materials, pack cementation coatings, and the environmental resistance of boron-modified titanium alloys. His work has resulted in new materials, products, and processes. He has conducted interdisciplinary research with faculty across the university; NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; the Air Force Research Laboratory; and companies, universities and research institutions around the world. Ravi is co-inventor on 11 U.S. patents and 13 international patents.|
Congratulations to the 2012 winners of the Provost's Award for Excellence:
|Professor Ed Walton, who joined the chemistry department in 1987, received the Provost's Award for Teaching. He has gained a national reputation for his innovative teaching methods, especially evident in the chemistry course he developed for pre-service K-8 teachers. Throughout his time at Cal Poly Pomona, Walton has partnered with school districts to improve K-12 science teaching. In addition, he was instrumental in establishing the Diversity Ambassador Program, in which students visit historical sites in the South to gain first-hand knowledge about the civil rights movement.|
|Sociology Professor Faye Wachs is the recipient of the Provost's Award for Service. She has served on the Academic Senate, the Faculty Affairs Committee of the Senate, and the CLASS curriculum committee. In addition, she is a founding member and current director of the Center for the Study of the Inland Empire. In 2004, she received a three-year grant from the Department of Education to provide physical education resources, staff and training for children in Pomona. Wachs is the current president of the North American Society for Sport Sociology.|
|Biology Professor Jill Adler-Moore, a prolific researcher, received the Provost's Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity. During her 38-year tenure, she has been awarded $11.4 million in contracts and grants for basic research, education, and research training. Most notably, she helped develop and patent AmBisome, a novel drug delivery system that has become the international gold standard for treating fungal diseases in humans. She is the founder of the biotechnology program, which includes a bachelor's and professional science master's degree programs.|
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Congratulations to the first ever winners of the Provost's Award for Excellence for the year 2011:
|The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching goes to Tina Hartney for her work in developing the innovative Science Learning Portfolio, her leadership in developing inquiry based teaching methodologies, and for her publication record in assessing the effectiveness of teaching pedagogies in Science.|
|The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Service for 2011 is awarded to Barbara Burke for her continuing work with and long time commitment to underrepresented students on the Cal Poly campus most notably in the STEM disciplines. Barbara is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Award of Excellence.|
|The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities goes to Elise Wirtschafter for her acknowledged role as a leading American expert on Russian Imperial history, combined with an outstanding record of 24 years of sustained publications in top tier journals and a total of five books in print.|
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