Outstanding Faculty Awards
Each year Outstanding Faculty Awards are presented to nominees in three categories. The categories include engagement, scholarship, and teaching and are based on the following demonstrated attributes.
- Faculty Engagement: leadership and significant contributions for our students, our university, and our community.
- Faculty Scholarship: quantity, quality, scope, and significance of scholarly research.
- Faculty Teaching: enthusiasm about teaching, ability to promote high levels of thinking, encourage students to ask questions and express opinions, and engage and stimulate students to learn.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering Chenn Qian Zhou won the Award for Faculty Engagement.
“Active engagement with industries and local communities provide students many experiential learning opportunities. This is especially critical to engineering students. In engineering, students must learn both theories and practical problem-solving skills. By working on real world industrial projects, our students become well-prepared and critically needed to our workforce. My engagement efforts also provide many opportunities to inspire K-12 students about STEM education.”
Professor of History James Pula won the Award for Faculty Scholarship.
“The most rewarding part of my job is seeing students succeed. I believe experiential options provide excellent teaching opportunities … I have taken students on study trips, and one of my current students is working on a project to catalog and digitize archives in the Barker Mansion (in Michigan City, Ind.). In the fall I expect that he will continue this work, and I have plans to engage at least two history students in a writing project.”
Associate Professor of Education David Pratt won the Award for Faculty Teaching.
“The most rewarding part of my job is seeing students succeed in working with young children and become passionate about teaching and learning. The greatest joy to experience in my classroom is the ‘lightbulb’ going off and seeing the passion and excitement grow when thinking about working with children. Then after graduating, it is visiting and seeing students be successful as teachers in the classroom and making a huge impact on the next generation of people.”