Aug. 29, 2011
3 receive Dean’s Faculty Awards from College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Charles McAdams, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has presented three faculty with this year's Dean's Faculty Award.
Angela Bickford, instructor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, received the Dean's Faculty Award for Teaching; Dr. John Gallaher, associate professor of English, was awarded the Dean's Faculty Award for Research; and Dr. Matt Walker, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, Theatre and Languages, received the Dean's Faculty Award for Service.
Angela Bickford teaches a variety of courses, including lectures and labs in physical science and chemistry. While her students' evaluation means has never exceeded 1.3., her rating was 1.1 for her physical science lecture, which, with more than 100 students, is the largest science class for non-science majors. Students say they feel welcomed in her office if they need extra help.
Last year, along with new Rena Smith, Bickford developed two new lab experiments - for uniform and accelerated motion, and light and optics - and modified several experiments in physical science lab to foster scientific inquiry.
Each trimester she receives more than 25 comments, all praising her teaching style, time commitment and help. Some of the representative comments were:
- "Great professor, taught material in a very understanding way. Very helpful!"
- "Mrs. Bickford is an awesome lab instructor! She was very informative, and her teaching style helped me fully understand concepts from class."
- "I truly appreciate Mrs. Bickford's concern for her students and her ability to present information in a way students can easily grasp."
Bickford also coordinates five sections in chemistry 113 laboratories. She also serves as a dual-credit coordinator for both general chemistry and general physics. She has taught freshman seminar for several years, and has more than 50 student advisees - the most in her department.
Dr. John Gallaher published two books this year. The first, "Your Father on the Train of Ghosts," is a collaborative collection of poetry with G.C. Waldrep that was published by BOA Editions. The second, "The Monkey & the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics," is a collection of essays on contemporary poetry that Gallaher edited with Mary Biddinger and was published by the University of Akron Press.
John also had three poems selected for inclusion this year in anthologies published by University of Iowa Press. His poem "A Line Is a Hesitation" appears in "Poets on the Line," edited by Emily Rosko and Anton Vander Zee, and his poem "An Idea with Writing Prompt" appears in "Writers on Teaching," edited by Joshua Marie Wilkinson. The third is published in "Starting Today: Poems on President Obama's First 100 Days," edited by Rachel Zucker.
Additionally, Gallaher published 33 new poems in journals such as The Denver Quarterly, Saltgrass, and The Del Sol Review. He presented 10 readings of his poetry at venues such as Bucknell University and Penn State University. He also presented a scholarly paper, "Hesitating Lines," at the Associated Writing Programs conference in Washington, D.C., in March.
Dr. Matt Walker is engaged in a large quantity of service activities each year and has played key roles on three important University-wide service teams.
During the 2010-11 academic year, he chaired the search committee for Northwest's new Director of Athletics, co-chaired the organizational dimension committee of the Foundations of Excellence first-year experience study, and he served on the University's health care task force.
Additionally, Walker served in many capacities above and beyond his department responsibilities.
He was faculty senator for the department and served on the faculty executive committee. He also served on the faculty welfare committee and was chair of the faculty satisfaction subcommittee.
He taught freshman seminar during the fall of 2010 for public relations and organizational communication majors. Additionally, he was the keynote and welcoming faculty speaker for SOAR days, during June 2010, and served as a SOAR faculty advisor. He also assisted with student recruiting activities such as Exploring Majors and Green and White Visit Days.
He served on departmental committees for communication 102, the communication team, the curriculum committee and chaired a faculty search committee. He supervises internships and independent studies in organizational communication throughout the year. He advised 52 majors and six minors.
The Dean's Faculty Award Program recognizes superior faculty performance in each of the three traditional areas of academic responsibility: teaching, research and service. All full-time faculty holding a board-approved appointment in the University are eligible for the awards.
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