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Sept. 1, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Dr. Charles McAdams, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has awarded three faculty with the Dean's Faculty Award.
Dr. Ahmed Malkawi, associate professor of chemistry and physics, received the Dean's Award for Teaching; Armin Mühsam, associate professor of art, received the Dean's Award for Research; and Dr. Richard Toomey, associate professor of chemistry and physics, received the Dean's Award for Service.
"Each year the college selects three faculty for special recognition based on their works the previous year," McAdams said. "These three have distinguished themselves through their dedication to students, their discipline and Northwest. I am very proud to have such talented and hard working faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences."
Malkawi was recognized for his dedication to student learning, efforts to improve his courses and simple presentation style in delivering the complex materials of organic chemistry. During the past year Malkawi also received the Mortar Board Outstanding Faculty Award and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars Award.
His student evaluations each trimester consistently praise his teaching style. One student commented, "Every time I went in for help he always made time for my questions and gave me an explanation that was crucial to my understanding of the material. His knowledge of the material is amazing and it really made a difference." Another student said, "I can't name any other professor who has ever been so helpful in bettering my education. Dr. Malkawi is the kind of professor universities dream to have."
Mühsam arrived at Northwest in 2000 and has been active in research, creative and scholarly activities. During the 2009-2010 academic year, his work was shown in 22 exhibitions, 13 of which were national juried exhibitions and one international solo show. He won awards at five of the exhibitions.
While most artists are rejected from four out of five exhibitions they enter, Mühsam's work has been accepted at a much higher ratio, a testament to his versatility as an artist and the quality of his artwork. His work has been shown in college and university galleries, private galleries, non-profit art centers and art league exhibitions.
Toomey was recognized for his service on numerous committees and engagement in activities beyond his duties in the classroom. In the past year, he has served as chair for the Missouri Academy Faculty Advisory Committee, Missouri Academy Academic Appeals Committee and the Missouri Academy Bridge Program Oversight and Planning Committee, on which he helped the Academy develop a program to help new students prepare for academic challenges. He also served on the Provost Search Committee and the One-Time Course Offering Committee.
Within his department, Toomey designed and made a tri-fold display to be used on various visits days, in addition to participating in those visits. He assisted with the Senior Science Olympiad, volunteered for the DegreeWorks program and served on two department search committees.
Toomey's student service included advising the Northwest Chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Honor Society and organizing a number of events. He wrote 35 recommendation letters for 18 students and met with 11 prospective majors and their families.
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.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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