2011 Award Recipients

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SBS Outstanding Teacher Award for 2011 - Dr. Arianne Burford

Dr. Arianne Burford, Women’s and Gender Studies – She was awarded the SBS Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award because her syllabi show high expectations of students yet students regularly commend her teaching.  Her pedagogical contributions are impressive.  She captures the attention of students as well as creating comfortable space in her classrooms to discuss difficult issues.

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SBS Part-time Educator Award for 2011 – Dr. Robert Clark

Dr. Robert Clark, Geography, Planning, and Recreation – He was awarded the SBS Part-time Educator Award because he is a retired GPR faculty member who has rejoined the academic unit as a part time instructor.  His enthusiasm, energy, and passion for teaching are making him a legend in the Geography classroom.  He is always willing to meet with students and a common sight in the department is to find Dr. Clark in his office discussing class concepts with a student or more likely a small group of students.

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SBS Community Service Award for 2011 - Dr. Joel Olson

Dr. Joel Olson, Politics and International Affairs – He was awarded the SBS Community Service Award for his work on and co-founding of the Repeal Coalition, an organization fighting for the repeal of all anti-immigrant laws in Arizona.

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SBS Career Milestone Award for 2011 - Dr. Neil Websdale

Dr. Neil Websdale, Criminology and Criminal Justice – He was awarded the SBS Career Milestone Award for his recently acclaimed publication “Familicidal Hearts”, receiving the 2010 Attorney General Distinguished Service Award in Leadership.  Also for substantial grants he has received, most recently NDVFRI, all related to domestic violence fatalities.

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SBS Teaching Innovation Award for 2011 - Katherine Mahosky and Matthew Wangeman

Katherine Mahosky and Matthew Wangeman, Institute for Human Development  - were awarded the SBS Teaching Innovation Award for co-teaching DIS 201, Introduction to Disability Studies.  Their collaboration has enabled Matthew, who has cerebral palsy, to teach in the class and use this as an opportunity for students to interact with persons with disabilities across the course of the semester resulting in students noticeably changing their attitudes and level of comfort.

SBS Teaching Innovation Award for 2011 - Graduate Association of Political Science Students (GAPS)

Graduate Association of Political Science Students (GAPS), Politics and International Affairs) were awarded the SBS Teaching Innovation Award because the Graduate Association of Political Science Students have instituted a regional multidisciplinary graduate student conference.  The 2nd annual conference took place on Feb 4 and attracted 100 students from across the region.  The success of this conference has brought regional publicity to the college and the university.

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SBS Exceptional Service Award for faculty for 2011 – Marsha Yowell

Principal Lecturer Marsha Yowell, School of Communication – She was awarded the SBS Exceptional Service Award for faculty because she is very passionate about service to the university and the greater community.  She is a long standing and involved member of the Faculty Senate, the Commission on the Status of Women, and the NAU Strategic Planning Council, in addition to serving on Academic Advisory Committees, Commission on Ethnic Diversity, and Honors Advisory Council among many other NAU committees.  She has dedicated herself to the betterment of NAU through consistent service and is a willing mentor and enthusiastic spokesperson for service.

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SBS Exceptional Service Award for staff for 2011 – Pam Stinson-Tattersall

Pam Stinson-Tattersall, Academic Advising Coordinator, SBS Academic Services and Advising – She was awarded the SBS Exceptional Service Award for staff because she spends countless hours solving complex student advisement and registration issues.  Pam often devotes a large part of her weekends to the thankless task of completing “last minute” paperwork and countless registration forms.  She is efficient, but sacrifices hours to talking with students and parents concerning their unique challenges. Ms. Stinson-Tattersall would rather lose an hour of her personal time than see a student falter from a lack of direction.