Professor Laureate Award

The Professor Laureate Award is the college’s highest academic honor, bestowed upon dedicated faculty with outstanding contributions to the missions of research, teaching, mentoring and outreach. The designation is intended to honor recipients and to provide the college with exceptional role models. The title is held for three years and includes an honorarium and two years of research funding.

2021 Award Recipients

Indrakshi Ray, Computer Science
Robert J. Wilson, Physics

2020 Award Recipients

Jennifer L. Mueller, Mathematics
Charles S. Henry, Chemistry

2019 Award Recipients

Jennifer DeLuca, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mingzhong Wu, Physics

2018 Award Recipients

Debbie Garrity, Biology
Ernie Chavez, Psychology

2017 Award Recipients

Dan Cooley, Statistics
Melissa Reynolds, Chemistry

2016 Award Recipient

Anthony Rappé, Chemistry

2015 Award Recipients

Jennifer A. Hoeting, Statistics
Debbie Crans, Chemistry

2014 Award Recipients

Robert B. France, Computer Science
Carl E. Patton, Physics

2013 Award Recipients

Patricia A. Bedinger, Biology
F. Jay Breidt, Statistics

2012 Award Recipient

Steven H. Strauss, Chemistry

2011 Award Recipients

Lorann Stallones, Psychology
Laurie Stargell, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

2010 Award Recipients

Adele Howe, Computer Science
N. LeRoy Poff, Biology

2009 Award Recipients

2008 Award Recipients

Ellen Fisher, Chemistry
Alan Knapp, Biology

2007 Award Recipients

Michael Elliott, Chemistry
Jennifer Nyborg, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
A.S.N. Reddy, Biology

2006 Award Recipients

Norman Curthoys, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Richard Davis, Statistics
Jerry Deffenbacher, Psychology

Teaching and Mentoring Awards

The Teaching and Mentoring Awards were established in 1995 to recognize faculty and graduate students that have set a standard of excellence in the teaching and mentoring of students. These awards are the highest honor the College bestows for student education. Recipients not only help students realize their full learning potential, but encourage them to set high standards for scholarship, integrity, and independence, and are receptive to their concerns. Award winners are recommended to the dean and reviewed by a committee that includes previous award winners drawn from both faculty members and graduate students and an undergraduate student council member.

2019-2020 Award Winners

Early Career Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring

College of Natural Sciences Award Recipients
Joseph Zadrozny, Department of Chemistry

Professor Zadrozny is committed to innovation in inorganic chemistry and to implementing evidence-based teaching methods. As two examples, he has introduced the “Molecule of the Day” concept to engage immediately students as they enter his classroom, and the “think-pair-share” model for enhancing active student participation. He has also successfully mentored postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students and two high school students in his laboratory, providing a range of opportunities and paying keen attention to their individual goals and trajectories.

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring

College of Natural Sciences Award Recipients
Joseph Gersch, Department of Computer Science

Professor Joseph Gersch has developed critically important new courses on cyber security and blockchain courses with the goal of making these courses engaging and highly interactive. He has served as advisor for the Hashdump cyber-security club, coaching teams to success in international hackathons. Joseph provides strong support for diversity efforts within Computer Science, mentoring students through independent study, encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship and providing valuable individual advice gathered throughout his career at HP and in startup companies.

College of Natural Sciences Award Recipients
Jeffrey Hansen, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Professor Hansen has taught Comprehensive Biochemistry (BC 401) for over a decade to classes of 90-100 students. BC 401 is a foundational, yet pivotal course in biochemistry, building on multiple earlier classes with the goal of relating structure of macromolecules to their function. Since three-dimensional structure is crucial to function, Jeff has developed online tutorials using Jsmol, to interactively render the 3D structure of macromolecules, proteins and biological polymers, including DNA. Through mentoring undergraduate research in his laboratory, Jeff has provided not only a unique learning environment to multiple students, but the opportunity to contribute to the forefront of the field through co-authored journal articles.

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education and Mentoring

College of Natural Sciences Award Recipients
Jana Anderson, Department of Statistics

Professor Anderson was instrumental in founding the Master of Applied Statistics (MAS) program ten years ago and has overseen its implementation and development over the past decade. The MAS program now receives ~100 applications and graduates 25 students per year. Professor Anderson has developed and taught multiple courses in the program, developed an internship program, and started separate certificate programs. Her work has had a significant impact on the lives of the more than 200 students who have graduated from the program.

College of Natural Sciences Award Recipients
Garret Miyake, Department of Chemistry

Professor Miyake runs an outstandingly productive research laboratory, as measured not only by degree completion, but through refereed journal articles with student authors, and by his students receiving external awards and winning competitive funding that catapults them towards successful careers. I was eager to learn Professor Miyake’s secret sauce from the nomination letters provided by his students. Ingredients appear to be consistent individual attention, an emphasis on a sound technical foundation and individual problem solving, and a strong focus on communication.

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring

College of Natural Sciences Award Recipients
Alex Fout, Department of Statistics

Alex Fout’s achievements go well beyond his excellent teaching in the classroom and in the Statistics Success Center, and volunteering to teach an extra course to help a colleague with health difficulties. Alex was a key member of a group funded by the Provosts Digital Learning Initiative to redevelop STAT 158 (Introduction to R) and include instructional videos, online homework and assessments.  Alex is also the founding advisor for the university data science club (The 4th Paradigm), mentored undergraduate research and served for several years as an instructor for Coding and Cookies. He has assisted CSU recruitment efforts through presentations to High School career counselors.

College of Natural Sciences Award Recipients
Ashlie Johnson, Department of Psychology

Since completing the course “Integrating Writing in the Academic Core” (E-608), Ashlie Johnson has diligently built on this experience and is now seen as a leader and expert on topics related to supporting student writing.  She has supervised and managed teams of Graduate Teaching Assistants and Writing-GTAs for PSY 100. Ashlie has helped to redesign PSY 317 and created a new course, the Psychology of Eating. Perhaps nowhere has her expertise been so evident as in her highly successful and smooth transition to the online environment with her class of around 150 students.

College of Natural Sciences Award Recipients
Julie Prosser, Department of Psychology

Julie Prosser is an outstandingly popular teacher for the students in her two sections of PSY 100, no minor feat considering the 175 students in each section! Julie has also taken the graduate course “Integrating Writing in the Academic Core” (E-608) and now co-leads the gtPathways training for new GTAs and W-GTAs assigned to PSY100. She has participated in two TILT grants, including the Adaptive Courseware Grant (2018-19) and the Canvas Outcomes Grant (summer-fall of 2019) and given presentations to TILT’s Faculty Collaboration Group and the Professional Development Institute on teaching-related topics, such as Strategies of Create Classroom Climate, and Student Engagement.

Dean’s Recognition Award

College of Natural Sciences Award Recipients
Alicia Armentrout, Department of Physics

Alicia grew up in Omaha, NE and attended college at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She started at CSU in August 2017 after years of experience in non-profits and education. When not working, you will find her cooking, enjoying the outdoors, reading, and looking forward to the time we can travel again.

College of Natural Sciences Award Recipients
Korina Burn, Dean’s Office

Korina Burn is the executive assistant to Dean Jan Nerger.  In her role she provides administrative and program support to the Dean and college, coordinating all faculty related processes including promotion and tenure, reappointment, and annual performance.  She also oversees the administrative support staff and operations for the Dean’s Office.  Prior to joining the College in 2017, she was assistant to the chair in Chemistry for 8 years, and with Central Receiving for 21 years, with her last role as manager of the Mail Production and Mail Distribution units.  During her free time, Korina enjoys spending time with her family, playing games and enjoying the outdoors.

College of Natural Sciences Award Recipients
Anne Manning, Strategic Communication and Public Relations

Anne Manning is a science writer and senior public relations specialist with CSU’s News and Information team, part of the Division of University Communications. She is a close collaborator with the College of Natural Sciences’ communications team. She joined the CSU staff in 2015 following a career in newspaper journalism and university science communication. At CSU, she is responsible for helping to elevate the brand and public presence of the university’s research enterprise, writing about and promoting scientific news and discovery from the College of Natural Sciences, the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, and the College of Agricultural Sciences.

2018-19 Award Recipients

Outstanding Career Contributions in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Brian Jones, Department of Physics

Early Career Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Erin Nishimura, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Kate Ross, Department of Physics

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Tom Santangelo, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Rachel Mueller, Department of Biology

Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Ryan Rahm-Knigge, Department of Psychology

Dean’s Recognition Award

Karen Kahler, Department of Chemistry
Ross Madden, College of Natural Sciences

2017-18 Award Recipients

Dean’s Recognition Award

Meagan Taverner, Biology
Jannine Mohr, Office of General Council

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Ben Prytherch, Ph.D., Statistics

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Delphine Farmer, Ph.D., Chemistry

Early Career (Pre-Tenure) Faculty Excellence in Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Jessica Hagman, Ph.D. , Mathematics

Graduate Student Teaching & Mentoring Award

Pam Lundeberg, Psychology
Annalise Maughan, Chemistry
Charles Vollmer,
Statistics

2016-17 Award Recipients

Dean’s Recognition Award

Margi Cech, College of Natural Sciences
Betty Wilmoth, Chemistry

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Joseph Diverdi, Ph.D., Chemistry

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Colleen Webb, Ph.D., Biology

Early Career (Pre-Tenure) Faculty Excellence in Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Jamie Neilson, Ph.D. , Chemistry
Dan Sloan, Ph.D., Biology

Graduate Student Teaching & Mentoring Award

Lauren Bates, Psychology

2015-2016 Award Recipients

Dean’s Recognition Award

Lisa Anaya Esquibel, Sponsored Programs
Heather L. Michalak, Little Shop of Physics
Robert Adame, Physics Machine Shop

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Eric D. Ross, Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Mary C. Meyer Ph.D., Statistics

Early Career (Pre-Tenure) Faculty Excellence in Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Amber T. Krummel Ph.D., Chemistry
Jaime G. Ruiz, Ph.D., Computer Science

Graduate Student Teaching & Mentoring Award

Samuel T. Dunn, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Hillary Wehe, Psychology
Zachary D. Weller, Statistics

2014-2015 Award Recipients

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Christopher G. Wilcox, Ph.D., Computer Science

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Shane Kanatous, Ph.D., Biology

Melissa Reynolds, Ph.D., Chemistry

Early Career Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching or Mentoring

Brian McNaughton, Ph.D., Chemistry

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching

Elizabeth Harp, Biology

Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Sarah Morrison-Smith, Computer Science

2013-2014 Award Recipients

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Shrideep Pallickara, Ph.D., Computer Science

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Matthew P. Shores, Ph.D., Chemistry

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education & Mentoring

Asa Ben-Hur, Ph.D., Computer Science

Early Career Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching & Mentoring

Santiago Di Pietro, Ph.D., Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Sarah Warner Fitzpatrick, Biology

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching

Francis C. Motta, Mathematics
Crystal M. Vander Zanden, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

2012-2013 Award Recipients

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Edward L. DeLosh, Ph.D., Psychology
Patrick D. Shipman, Ph.D., Mathematics

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Lisa Angeloni, Ph. D., Biology

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education & Mentoring

Donald L. Mykles, Ph.D., Biology

Post-Doctoral Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

E. Dale Broder, Biology

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching

Janet M. Peters, Psychology

2011-2012 Award Recipients

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Jennifer Jill Harman, Ph.D., Psychology

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Charles S. Henry, Ph.D., Chemistry

Early Career Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching or Mentoring

Lisa Angeloni, Ph.D., Biology

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education and Mentoring

Eugene Y. Chen, Ph.D., Chemistry

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching

Leif Anderson, Physics
Erin M. Schliep, Statistics

2010-2011 Award Recipients

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education and Mentoring Award

Kurt Kraiger, Ph.D., Psychology

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award

Charles F. Stone, Biology

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

Aaron J. Sholders, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award

Simon J. Tavener, Ph.D., Mathematics

Early Career (pre-tenure) Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching or Mentoring Award

Mingzhong Wu, Physics

2009-2010 Award Recipients

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching

Amanda E. Sensenig, Psychology
Cassandra L. Williams, Mathematics

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Patricia A. Bedinger, Ph.D., Biology
Ross M. McConnell, Ph.D., Computer Science

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Lisa Dysleski, Ph.D., Chemistry

2008-2009 Award Recipients

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education and Mentoring

Michael F. Antolin, Ph.D, Biology

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching

Tenaya L. Newkirk, Ph.D., Chemistry

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Gregory L. Florant, Ph.D., Biology

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Norman P. Curthoys, Ph.D., Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Adele E. Howe, Ph.D., Computer Science

2007-2008 Award Recipients

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education and Mentoring

Laurie A. Stargell, Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching

Jacob A. Benfield, Ph.D., Psychology
Adam N. Pearlstein, Ph.D., Physics

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Benjamin A. Clegg, Ph.D., Psychology

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

R. Steve Robinson, Ph.D., Physics

Faculty Excellence in Teaching & Mentoring – Early Career Award

Cameron K. Ghalambor, Ph.D., Biology

Faculty Excellence in Teaching Innovation

Karla J. Gingerich, Ph.D., Psychology