Awards recognize faculty scholarly achievements

August 31, 2010

Eight faculty received awards at the opening faculty meeting Aug. 25 for scholarly and creative works.

A special Faculty Achievement Award was presented to Susan Matz Milstein, professor of Business Administration, for establishing and supervising the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program, which supports low- to middle-income members of theWestminster and the campus community who need assistance with income tax preparation, and for nearly two decades of dedicated leadership and service to the clients, students and supervisors of VITA.

Academic Provost Tom Falkner presented the Faculty Book Award to Robert J. Trader, assistant professor of Communication, for “400 Simple Expressions for Effective Business Conversations in English,” published in Japan by ZKai Press.

Falkner presented faculty scholarly publications awards to:

- Richard H. Smith, professor of Chemistry, for two series of articles about Chincoteague in two publications, the Chincoteague Beacon and Eastern Shore News.

- Madeline E. Rhodes, assistant professor of Psychology, for several articles published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Physiology and Behavior, Epilepsy and Behavior, Reproduction and Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior.

Faculty creativity awards were granted to:

- Linda M. Kirkpatrick, senior lecturer in Music, for her arrangement and edition of Joseph Bodin de Boismortier’s ‘Concerto in D Major’ (Opus 15), published by Publications and released in May.

- Steven Pearson, associate professor of Art and Art History, for his 2010 solo exhibition at the Arlington Art Center in Arlington, Va.; an exhibit, “Fuzzy Logic: Contemporary Painting After a Century of Abstract Art,” at the Thompson Gallery in the Garthwaite Center for Science and Art at the Cambridge School of Weston, Mass., and “Spectrum: Contemporary Color Abstraction” at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and his receipt of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant for Painting.

Faculty grants awards were recognized:

- Peter Bradley, associate professor of Philosophy, from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop and pilot an Enduring Questions Course, “Why Be Educated,” which will engage students in a critical inquiry of the value of higher education.

- Martine Motard-Noar, professor of French, a third award from French American Cultural Exchange, to fund the screening of five contemporary French movies over the course of one month on campus.