With the support of University Libraries and a subcommittee organized by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, President Sharon L. Gaber and Provost Andrew Hsu have recognized 26 faculty members from across campus with outstanding contributions in scholarly or creative activity over the past three years.
These contributions include articles in leading scientific journals with high standing that have attracted significant attention in the community; monographs that were published by premier academic presses that have received positive external reviews; and exhibits or performances of creative activity that have received high acclaim.
“I am pleased that the University Libraries contributed by identifying UT faculty articles and books published in preeminent journals and publishing houses,” said Beau Case, dean of University Libraries.
“Faculty members are raising the profile of The University of Toledo across the breadth of disciplines and programs at UT,” said Dr. Frank Calzonetti, vice president for research. “The excellent work of faculty members in disciplines outside of science and engineering is quite impressive and sometimes goes unnoticed.
“All too often research grant dollars are associated with faculty scholarly and creative activity,” Calzonetti said. “In some disciplines, such as in biomedical science, faculty members cannot sustain their research programs that lead to discoveries and publications without external funding to support laboratory needs. However, in many disciplines, such as pure mathematics or history, external funding is not as critical to faculty success in scholarly and creative activity.”
“Given the many faculty members who have had outstanding contributions in scholarly and creative activity over the past three years, it was a tall order to determine just 26 who should be recognized at this time,” said Dr. Ruth Hottell, chair and professor of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and selection committee member.
The following faculty members were recognized:
• Dr. Abdollah Afjeh of the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering;
• Dr. Ana C. Alba-Rubio of the Department of Chemical Engineering;
• Dr. Melissa Baltus of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology;
• Dr. Joe Elhai of the Department of Psychology;
• Dr. Kristen Geaman of the Department of History;
• Dr. Blair Grubb of the Department of Medicine;
• Daniel Hernandez of the Department of Art;
• Dr. Terry Hinds of the Department of of Physiology and Pharmacology;
• Dr. Bina Joe of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology;
• Dr. Dong-Shik Kim of the Department of Chemical Engineering;
• Dr. Kristin Kirschbaum of the Instrumentation Center;
• Dr. Ashok Kumar of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering;
• Dr. Beata Lecka-Czernik of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery;
• Dr. Barbara Mann of the Jesup Scott Honors College;
• Elizabeth McCuskey of the College of Law;
• Dr. Thor Mednick of the Department of Art;
• Dr. Munier Nazzal of the Department of Surgery;
• Dr. Kim E. Nielsen of the Department of Disability Studies;
• Dr. Michael Rees of the Department of Urology;
• Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini of the Department of Music;
• Dr. Donald Ronning of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry;
• Stephen Sakowski of the Department of Theatre and Film;
• Dr. Yanfa Yan of the Department of Physics and Astronomy;
• Dr. Matt Yockey of the Department of Theatre and Film;
• Rebecca Zietlow of the College of Law; and
• Evan Zoldan of the College of Law.