2017 Provost & Faculty Senate
Spring Awards Ceremony

April 25, 2017

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(from left to right) President Sabah Randhawa, Faculty Senate President Kristen Larson, Award Recipients Brittanie Lockard, Paqui Paredes Méndez, Mark Staton, Millie Johnson, Award Recipient Janelle Leger's daughters, and Provost Brent Carbajal

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Provost Brent Carbajal, Award Recipient Janelle Leger, Faculty Senate President Kristen Larson

Paul J. Olscamp Research Award

Janelle Leger
Department of Physics & Astronomy, and Chemistry

Janelle Leger was the first faculty hire for the Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center, with a split appointment between the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Chemistry. Janelle was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Washington, Department of Chemistry from 2005 – 2008, after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, Department of Physics. Her research group explores organic and hybrid electronic and optoelectronic devices as well as structures for subwavelength optics. She has mentored over 40 undergraduate research students in interdisciplinary scholarship since joining WWU in 2008 and won the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in 2016.


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Provost Brent Carbajal, Award Recipient Mark Staton, Faculty Senate President Kristen Larson

Excellence in Teaching Award

Mark Staton
Department of Finance & Marketing

Mark Staton joined Western’s faculty in 2012, as an assistant professor of Marketing and director of the MBA and graduate programs for the College of Business & Economics. He earned his Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Washington. He has taught digital marketing and principles of marketing in the undergraduate program as well as marketing management and marketing strategy in the MBA program. His teaching philosophy is that learning is collaborative and a lifelong journey and he encourages alumni to share their knowledge with current students. He holds an MBA in marketing from Boston University and a B.A. in history (concentration in Southern United States) from the University of Virginia.

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Provost Brent Carbajal, Award Recipient Paqui Paredes Méndez, Faculty Senate President Kristen Larson

Peter J. Elich Excellence in Teaching Award

Paqui Paredes Méndez
Department of Modern & Classical Languages

Paqui Paredes Méndez is a native of Galicia, Spain, where she lived until she completed her degrees in teaching and English at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. She graduated from University of Kansas in 2002, with a Ph.D. in Spanish literature. Paqui teaches language, literature, culture and phonetics courses in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, which she has chaired since 2012. Her research focuses on early 20th century Spanish literature and cultural studies, as well as late 20th and 21st century Spanish literature. Many of her publications focus on visual culture and national identity, specifically on how visual culture--movies, caricatures, textbooks--impacted the creation of a model citizen in Spain. She has been able to incorporate these topics in many of the courses she teaches at Western. She is the author (with José Ballesteros and Mark Harpring) of “Voces de España,” published by Thomson Heinle in 2004 and 2013, a textbook geared toward upper division survey courses of Spanish literature. “Voces” brings a cultural studies approach to the traditional literature survey course.Lee

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Provost Brent Carbajal, Award Recipient Brittanie Lockard, Faculty Senate President Kristen Larson

Ronald Kleinknecht Excellence in Teaching Award

Brittanie Lockard
Department of Health & Human Development

Since 2013, Brittanie Lockard has been teaching for the Department of Health and Human Services, including courses in physical education, kinesiology, and community health. She encourages students to move beyond comprehension into real-world application. A technology enthusiast, her teaching techniques include hands-on labs and online discussions. She also gains instant feedback in her classroom through a smart-device-based learning response system, and creates educational materials to share with the community on blog sites. Brittanie received her B.A. in exercise science from UNC-Chapel Hill, her M.A. in Teaching from East Carolina University, and her Ph.D. in kinesiology from Texas A&M University.


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Provost Brent Carbajal, Award Recipient Millie Johnson, Faculty Senate President Kristen Larson

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

Millie Johnson
Department of Mathematics

A well-known adage says to follow your passion and you’ll never work a day in your life. For 44 years, Millie has had the privilege of exploring the most fascinating mystery in the universe: How humans learn. In every class, she feels like a kid in a bottomless candy store, full of curiosity and excitement about what the students will uncover and what role she might play in the process. A worthy venture occurs when her students stump her and, as equals, work their way out of the tangle. Better yet is when they are unable to find their way, when the emails start to come in at midnight, 2 a.m., 4 a.m., and she can’t sleep either. They are hooked. We are hooked. Ignition. Blast off!


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