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ODU Recognizes Outstanding Faculty, Administrators at Awards Dinner

By Joe Garvey

Old Dominion University honored a host of faculty members and administrators at the 2021-22 Faculty and Administrators Awards Dinner, which was held April 20 at Chartway Arena.

Peter Schulman, a professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts and Letters, was named an Eminent Scholar.

The Eminent Scholar designation was established to recognize faculty members of unusual merit and service to the University. Only faculty members holding the rank of full professor at ODU for a minimum of three years may be considered for this honor.

Schulman, a French professor, joined the ODU faculty in 1996. He has earned numerous awards since arriving at ODU, including the Provost's Leadership in International Education Award in 2020. In 2021, Schulman was named Officier in the Order des Palmes Académiques, French Ministry of Education.

At the time, Schulman said, "It's like getting an Oscar, frankly, for academics."

Schulman, who grew up in New York City, holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia University.

Helen Crompton, associate professor of educational technology, won the A. Rufus Tonelson Faculty Award, which is given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in teaching, research and service at ODU.

Crompton has presented at national and international conferences on the topic of educational technology and published more than 100 articles, book chapters and white papers. Her research is primarily focused on mobile learning. She won a State Council of Higher Education for Virginia's (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award in 2018.

Other nominees for the Tonelson Award were Charles Hyde (physics) and Harry Zhang (community and environmental health).

Michelle Carpenter and Laura Hill were named University Distinguished Teachers, which recognizes faculty members who are outstanding teachers at the undergraduate level. Only full-time non-tenure-track and non-tenured faculty members are eligible for this honor.

Carpenter, senior lecturer in the Marketing Department, earned her MBA from ODU in 2006. She has received numerous awards while at Old Dominion, including the Rotary Club of Hampton Roads' Educator of the Year award and the Faculty Teaching Award from the Strome College of Business for non-tenure-track professors in 2019 and 2013.

Hill, master lecturer in the Human Movement Sciences Department, serves as the undergraduate program coordinator for her department. A certified exercise physiologist, she conducts research on preventing the onset of debilitating chronic disease and on improving quality of life.

Other awards presented at the dinner were:

Alumni Association New Faculty Award: Jian Wu (computer science). Other nominees for the award were Abdullah Al-Taiar (community and environmental health), Oleksandr Kravchenko (mechanical and aerospace engineering), Murat Kuzlu (engineering and technology), Taylor Sloey (biological sciences), Kun Xie (civil and environmental engineering) and Tian-Bing Xu (mechanical and aerospace engineering).

Faculty Research, Scholarship and Creative Achievement Award: Patrick Hatcher (chemistry and biochemistry) and Ling Li (information technology and decision sciences). Other nominees for the award were Crompton and Jean Delayen (physics).

Teaching with Technology Award: Soad Ibrahim (computer science) and Amber Pope (counseling and human services).

Provost's Award for Leadership in International Education: Jose Padilla (VMASC).

Provost's Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Research: Anne Muraoka (art history).

Provost's Award for Faculty Mentorship: Mona Danner (sociology and criminal justice).

Provost's Adjunct Teaching Faculty Award: Yiu Lung Cheng (information technology and decision sciences).

Doctoral Mentoring Awards: Ruth Triplett (College of Arts and Letters), Jing Zhang (Strome College of Business), Tony Perez (Darden College of Education and Professional Studies) and Sebastian Kuhn (College of Sciences).

Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award: Ryan Klinger (management).

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, Classroom Award: Joshua Ruffin (sociology and criminal justice).

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, Laboratory Award: Kristin Eggler (psychology).

Kate Broderick Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education: Thomas Kennedy (computer science) and Steve Zeil (computer science).

Excellence in Advising, Advising Administrator Role: Kristin Eden (Batten College of Engineering and Technology).

Excellence in Advising, Professional Advisor Role: Tanisha Bradley (Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships).

Excellence in Advising, Faculty Advisor Role: Brenda Bradshaw (dental hygiene).

J. Worth Pickering Administrator of the Year Award: Jane Dané (associate vice president for student engagement and enrollment services).

Association of University Administrator Monarch Professional Award: Reneldo Randall (College of Sciences).

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