2012 Award Recipients

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SBS Outstanding Teacher Award for 2012 – Dr. Patricia Murphey

Dr. Patricia Murphey, School of Communication - She was awarded the SBS Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award because student comments indicate that she always gives them her full attention, and has taught them how to confidently make creative decisions.

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SBS Part-time Educator Award for 2012 – Sarah Yercich

Sarah Yercich, Criminology & Criminal Justice – She was awarded the SBS Part-time Educator Award because she is a rigorous teacher and knows her content very well.  She takes an applied approach in content and theory and strives for excellence in her teaching.

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SBS Community Service Award for 2012 - Dr. Marie Baker-Ohler

Dr. Marie Baker-Ohler, School of Communication – She was awarded the SBS Community Service Award for her continuous and unfailing commitment to the NAU Glendale Community College Communications program. She is dedicated to inspiring students to make contributions to the community and becoming responsible individuals in society.

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SBS Career Milestone Award for 2012 - Dr. Ann Huffman

Dr. Ann Huffman, Psychology – She was awarded the SBS Career Milestone Award because she is an expert in the field of industrial-organizational psychology and her work on work-family balance in diverse populations and occupations has gained recognition.  She recently was awarded a large external grant funded by the US Department of Defense to pursue research on work-life balance in dual-career military families.

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SBS Teaching Innovation Award for 2012 – Dr. Melissa Birkett & Dr. Meliksah Demir

Dr. Melissa Birkett & Dr. Meliksah Demir, Psychology – were awarded the SBS Teaching Innovation Award for their work in implementing the new primary source reader and writing assignments in PSY 101, and for conducting an empirical study on the impacts of this innovation.

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SBS Exceptional Service Award for faculty for 2012 – Dr. Dayle Hardy-Short

Dr. Dayle Hardy-Short, School of Communication – She was awarded the SBS Exceptional Service Award for faculty because she has gone above and beyond as faculty coordinator of the Forensics team, not only mentoring these students but making arrangements and traveling with them.  She gives of her own time and often money to help them compete and her dedication and commitment is evident in the time and energy she puts into it.

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SBS Exceptional Service Award for staff for 2012 – Kara Stone

Kara Stone, Criminology and Criminal Justice – She was awarded the SBS Exceptional Service Award for staff because she has increasingly taken on more responsibilities including website content conversion and assistance with the graduate program.  She is known across the college as having an excellent understanding of travel policy, procedures, and processing and often provides assistance and training to other staff.