Campus Housing Honors Professor’s Excellence at third annual “HOPE” awards

HOPE Award Ceremony Photo

On April 3, 2018, Campus Housing hosted its third annual “Honoring Our Professors’ Excellence” (HOPE) Reception to recognize faculty who have made a lasting impact on the lives of Housing residents. Fifty-five Housing residents nominated seventy-two faculty members in more than thirty different departments across the campus. Campus Housing staff solicited the nominations, and invited the nominating students to join their nominees, along with department heads and other students, faculty, and staff to a reception in the East Terrace of Student Center East.

“We know that there are hundreds of faculty who regularly go above and beyond to help their students get the most out of their experience; often those efforts happen without much fanfare. So we wanted to take a moment and let faculty know that their efforts are appreciated” said Nick Ardinger, Assistant Director for Residential Education with Campus Housing.

“Campus Housing tries to make a big university feel smaller for our residents; these nominations help to point the way for other residents. When a nominator says, ‘He asked us about our interests, our backgrounds, our passions, and our hobbies; and, not just on the first day, but he did this throughout the semester,’ it sends a powerful message to other students, and helps those faculty see that their work does not go unnoticed.”

“We know that having a connection with a faculty member correlates to being more likely to graduate, so we want to make it easy for our students to connect with faculty. We are constantly looking for ways to develop collaborations between faculty and Housing students and staff,” said Ardinger.

Some nominations highlighted faculty’s commitment to teaching: “she can make a class of 150+ students feel really intimate.” Other nominations have highlighted faculty members’ willingness to address issues outside the classroom, “[He has] provided me the chance to grow in ways I could not imagine.” And some nominations were even amusing: “I'm also impressed with his outfit. He looks so cool.” But all nominations reflect faculty members who show a strong commitment to both their material and to their students.

The more than one hundred people in attendance at the event comprised student nominators and their faculty nominees, nominees’ guests and department heads, and Housing staff. The texts of all nominations were placed around the room for attendees to read as they mingled and enjoyed light refreshments. At the formal ceremony, nominees received a lapel pin and a certificate with the text of their nomination and had the chance to have a photo taken together with their nominator.

List of Nominated Faculty

Faculty Name Faculty Title Department
Benjamin Antieau Associate Professor Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
Vered Arbel Visiting Instructor Kinesiology & Nutrition
Anna Arzuaga Student - Graduate College Biological Sciences
Christopher Baker Lecturer Psychology
Adrian Barkan Lecturer Physics
Gregor Baszak Teaching Assistant English
Brian Bauer Professor Anthropology
Sid Bhattacharyya Department Head and Professor Information and Decision Sciences
Jessica Bird Visiting Assistant Professor Criminology, Law, and Justice
Kate Boulay Senior Lecturer English
Robert Capetta Lecturer Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
Gerardo Castillo Lecturer Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
John Coumbe-Lilley Clinical Assistant Professor Kinesiology & Nutrition
Carol Courtney Clinical Professor Physical Therapy
Alexander Demos Visiting Assistant Professor Psychology
Vi Diep Student - Graduate College Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
Kathryn Engel Director of Internships in Applied Psychology and Lecturer Psychology
Danilo Erricolo Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering
Nicholas Glass Student - Graduate College Biological Sciences
Christopher Glomski Lecturer English
Anna Guevarra Director and Associate Professor, Asian American Studies Global Asian Studies
Maureen Heffern Ponicki Student - Graduate College Political Science
John Herrmann Clinical Assistant Professor Community Health Sciences
Hannah Higgins Professor Art History
Kathryn Howard Student - Graduate College Psychology
Daniel Ingebretson Lecturer Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
Johari Jabir Assistant Professor African American Studies
Sung Jang Assistant Professor Design
Ronald Jastrzebski Adjunct Lecturer Accounting
Demetra John Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Rehabilitation Sciences
Michael Jones Clinical Assistant Professor Kinesiology & Nutrition
Olga Kashcheyeva Research Assistant Professor Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
Salman Khetani Associate Professor Bioengineering
Jessica Larsen Teaching Assistant Communication
Matthew Lippman Professor Emeritus Criminology, Law, and Justice
Matthew Lucas Assistant Professor Women, Children, and Family Health Science
Liliana Macias Student - Graduate College Latin American and Latino studies
Robert Paul Malchow Associate Professor Biological Sciences
Greg Matoesian Professor Criminology, Law, and Justice
Linda McCreary Clinical Associate Professor Health System Science
Suzanne McCutcheon Clinical Assistant Professor Biological Sciences
Sarah Miller Student - Graduate College German
Michael Muller Senior Lecturer Biological Sciences
Howard Nuer Research Assistant Professor Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
Jennifer Olson Clinical Assistant Professor Curriculum and Instruction
Alyson Patsavas Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor Disability and Human Development
Ursula Perez-Salas Assistant Professor Physics
Yury Polikanov Assistant Professor Biological Sciences
Dale Reed Clinical Professor Computer Science
Jose Riojas Assistant Professor/Director of Bands Music
Paul Rodriguez Visiting Lecturer Business Career Center
Karen Ros Lecturer Classical Literature
Jenna Rowen Associate Director of OAPS Psychology
Amanda Roy Assistant Professor Psychology
Paul Schewe Associate Professor Criminology, Law, and Justice
Tina Schmidt-McNulty Visiting Instructor Kinesiology & Nutrition
Amie Schuck Associate Professor Criminology, Law, and Justice
Julie Schwind Clinical Assistant Professor Biobehavioral Health Science
Joshua Scott Judd Lecturer Accounting
George Scully Adjunct Lecturer Accounting
Andrew Shulman Senior Lecturer Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
Roman Shvydkoy Director of Undergraduate Studies Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
Negar Soheili Assistant Professor Information and Decision Sciences
Kevin Suemnicht Student - Graduate College Anthropology
Alyssa Tello Haynes Visiting Lecturer Chemistry
Rachelle Tsachor Assistant Professor Theatre
Irene Tsapara Lecturer Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
Nick Van Zanten Student - Graduate College Art
Kimmie Warner Visiting Instructor College of Business Administration
Quintin Williams Lecturer Industrial Engineering
David Wirtshafter Professor Psychology
Andrew Young Lecturer English