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2017 Award Recipients

The Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award recognizes departments or interdisciplinary groups at Oregon State University that have demonstrated exceptional teamwork in creating and sustaining an exemplary teaching and learning environment to advance the university’s strategic goal of student success and excellence. The 2017 award goes to the Office of Student Success, College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

The Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award honors graduate faculty members who have extraordinary records of excellence and effectiveness in mentoring graduate students. Lori Cramer, professor in Sociology, College of Liberal Arts is the 2017 recipient.

The Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring Award recognizes and encourages outstanding mentoring of postdoctoral appointees by OSU faculty members. The 2017 recipient is Kagan Tumer, professor in Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering.

The Herbert F. Frolander Graduate Teaching Assistant Award recongnizes graduate students who have excelled in their capacity as teaching assistants.  For 2017, this honor is given to Carmen Harjoe, a graduate teaching assistant in Integrative Biology, College of Science.

The Promising Scholar Award recognizes the scholarship of junior faculty. The 2017 recipient is Molly Megraw, an assistant professor in Botany and Plant Pathology, Colleges of Science.

The OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship recognizes OSU faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in a specific project or activity resulting in substantial impact beyond the university setting.This award is presented in 2017 to Ravi Balasubramanian, assistant professor in Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering.

The OSU Exemplary Employee Award honors one professional faculty member and one classified staff member for their outstanding performance. The 2017 recipients are Michelle Mahana, Executive Assistant to the Dean, College of Public Health and Human Sciences and Alan Rudisill, Accountant in the Forestry, Oceanic and Atomospheric Business Center.

The Karel J. H. Murphy Professional Faculty Leadership and Service Award honors a professional faculty member who has provided outstanding leadership and service throughout their career both within their department and in programs and organizations across Oregon State University. The 2017 honor goes to Tara Bevandich, administrative assistant with Integrative Biology, College of Science.

The OSU Outreach and Engagement Award recognizes significant and meritorious work which enhances reciprocal learning with our students, partners and stakeholders through outreach and engagement activities. The 2017 award is presented to Lisbeth Goddik, professor in Food Science & Technology, College of Agricultural Sciences.

The OSU Professional Faculty Excellence Award recognizes exceptional service to the university community by faculty who serve in non-academic units or whose service in an academic unit is not defined within the traditional academic categories of teaching, research, or extension. Eligibility is extended to individuals with professional faculty rank as well as those with academic rank who serve in non-teaching roles (e.g., office managers, Facilities Services managers, fund-raisers, academic advisors, technical support faculty, coaches and athletic administrators, counselors, doctors and health care administrators, librarians, etc.). While such faculty may distinguish themselves in the traditional categories for a portion of their work, the bulk of their work must be in one of the many other areas vital to the functioning of the university. Nominations may be submitted by any faculty, staff, or student member of the university community. This award is presented in 2017 to Victor Yee, assistant director of Course Development & Training, Extended Campus.

The purpose of the International Service Award is to recognize exemplary, on-going contributions of OSU faculty and staff to the internationalization of the university by enhancing student, faculty, and staff awareness and participation in international education, research, and related activities. Brian Fronk, assistant professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering , College of Engineering is the 2017 receipient.

The Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award recognizes outstanding advising of undergraduate students by a member of the OSU faculty, as well as demonstrated success in teaching, research and service. The 2017 honoree is Henri Jansen, professor in Physics, College of Science.

The OSU Academic Advising Award recognizes undergraduate academic advising by professional faculty rank as well as fixed-term academic rank faculty whose primary role is advising and acknowledges advising as a profession making a pivotal contribution to the OSU community. The 2017 recipient is Tiffany Fritz, Academic Advisor and Coordinator of UESP First Year Experience, University Exploratory Studies Program, Division of Student Affairs.

The purpose of the Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award is to recognize scholarly achievement and a level of innovation and effort that far exceeds expectations. Ann Colonna, Sensory Program Manager in the Food Innovation Center, College of Agricultural Sciences is the 2017 recipient.

The Industry Partnering Award recognizes a faculty member who achieves extraordinarily high impact innovations through research collaborations with industry.  This award is presented in 2017 to Matt Campbell, professor in Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering.

The Faculty Innovator Award recognizes a faculty member whose extraordinarily high-impact innovations from research are translated into transformative results that help promote economic development and social progress. 2017's honoree is Kim Anderson, professor in Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences.

The OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award honors unusually significant and meritorious achievement in teaching and scholarship which enhances effective instruction. This award is presented in 2017 to KC Walsh, senior instructor in the Physics, College of Science.

The D. Curtis Mumford Faculty Service Award recognizes individuals for exceptional, ongoing, dedicated and unselfish concern for and service to OSU faculty. 2017's honoree is Prem Mathew, associate dean in the College of Business.

The Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award recognizes an individual for outstanding undergraduate teaching; research, particularly related to improvement of instruction; and professional leadership. The 2017 award is presented to Kevin Ahern, professor in Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science.

The OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award is given to the person who demonstrates outstanding professional achievement through teaching and scholarship, service to the university and the community, and professional leadership, nationally and internationally. In 2017, the honor is presented to Brad Cardinal, professor in Kinesiology, College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

The Beaver Champion Award is Oregon State's President's award which recognizes an individual or individuals who continually demonstrate outstanding effort and achievement of excellence, extra effort beyond that requested, and performance of the highest quality. The 2017 award is presented to Patricia Reser, board chair of Reser Fine Foods, Inc. and Steve Clark, vice president for University Relations and Marketing.

The following Awards were not presented in 2017:

The Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award recognizes full professors who have been at OSU at minimum of 15 years and consistently provide direct instruction to undergraduate students.

The University Mentoring and Professional Development Award recognizes those who excel in supporting and encouraging OSU employees to participate in professional and/or educational development opportunities.

View all awards available, along with deadlines and the application process.  Help us recognize the outstanding faculty and staff that you work with by nominating them for next year!