Faculty are recognized for achievements

August 29, 2011

McDaniel professors are teachers first and foremost – but their numerous scholarly pursuits, often in collaboration with students, cross all disciplines to earn them recognition in their fields.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, McDaniel faculty received 19 professional awards, attended 159 professional conferences, gave 263 lectures and presentations, and published 17 books, 36 articles and 87 newspaper pieces. Many of these were collaborative projects, with students as co-researchers and co-publishers, including 292 separate faculty-student research collaborations.

The college recognized at its opening events, two professors who each marked 25 years on the hill.

Professor of Art Susan Ruddick Bloom, who also received a record three top faculty awards, has grown professionally to acquire an impressive range of techniques that she willingly and passionately shares with her students in courses that include photography, computer graphics, commercial art, drawing and design. Her annual Jan Term course “Through the Lens” is legendary and has been the vehicle for hundreds of students to participate meaningfully in study abroad, their experience captured photographically.

A Carroll County native, Bloom has a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her publications are many and include two books, “Digital Collage and Painting,” now in its second edition, published by Focal Press in 2006, and “Digital Painting in Photoshop,” published by Focal Press in 2009. A highly sought after speaker on photography and the digital age, Bloom is among the four artists in a travelling exhibit titled “Four Visions in a Different Light,” in which her work in infrared photography was shown.

John Desmond Kopp Professor in the Sciences and Professor of Physics Bill Pagonis developed and taught numerous courses at all levels of Physics as well as courses for non-science majors. A dedicated, effective and caring professor, Pagonis is known to inspire students to be inquisitive, to learn and to enjoy science.  Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and growing up in Greece, he graduated from the University of Athens with a B.S. in Physics and earned a M.S. in Applied Radiation Physics at the University of Birmingham, England, and an M.S. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Experimental Solid State Physics at Northeastern University in Boston.

Bill Pagonis

An outstanding researcher who more often than not works collaboratively with students, Pagonis’ resume lists more than 50 publications and presentations and many grants, including a prestigious award from the National Science Foundation.  In his field of specialization, thermoluminescence, he literally wrote the book – that is, two books. With his international collaborators, he co-authored “Practical and Numerical Exercises in Thermoluminescence,” published by Springer in 2006, now in a second edition (2010), and then “Thermally and Optically Stimulated Luminescence: A Simulation Approach,” published by Wiley in 2011.

Also during the opening faculty meeting, 10 professors, including six in Graduate and Professional Studies, were recognized with Faculty Book Awards for publishing books during the 2010-11 academic year on topics that ranged from digital collage and painting to the politics of Morocco, including behavior management, mathematics fluency and special education, and thermally and optically stimulated luminescence. Seven faculty members received Faculty Publications Awards for publishing five or more articles, several co-authored with students, in the past three years.

Three faculty members were honored with Faculty Creativity Awards, among them Professor of Art Susan Ruddick Bloom for her traveling exhibit of infrared photography, Senior Lecturer in Music Linda Kirkpatrick for her arrangement and edition of Joseph Bodin de Boismortier’s “Concerto in A Minor,” and Adjunct Lecturer in Music Jonathan Seligman for his performance at the Maryland State Arts Council.

Assistant Professor of History Qin Fang and Associate Professor of Physics Jeffry Marx earned Faculty Grants Awards for successfully proposing grants from the ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program and the National Science Foundation, respectively.

Click here for a listing of faculty awards (.pdf)