Alumni Association honors professors for excellent work

May 3, 2012
By Bill Krueger

Chancellor Randy Woodson and the Alumni Association honored 21 NC State professors this afternoon for their outstanding work in the classroom, in the laboratory and in the field.

In a ceremony at the Park Alumni Center, Woodson described the university’s faculty as the “cornerstone of NC State’s growth and the cornerstone of our success.”

Chancellor Randy Woodson chats with two of the winners during a reception after the awards ceremony

Chancellor Randy Woodson chats with two of the winners during a reception after the awards ceremony

“Our faculty strive to instill in our students a passion for learning, an appreciation for collaboration and a driving need to achieve and lead in the careers that stretch out ahead of them as they leave NC State,” he said.

“Through a myriad of teaching tools, our faculty stimulate our students to think beyond what they already know to solve problems, answer complex questions, participate in intriguing discussions and create functional and beautiful designs.”

Bob Barnhardt, president of the Alumni Association and a former dean of the College of Textiles, noted that the Alumni Association has given out Faculty Awards at NC State for 40 years.

“Our faculty teaches the students who will shape tomorrow,” he said. “They ignite the curiosity of students, feed their thirst for knowledge and teach the value of collaboration and cooperation.”

The winners of the 2012 Faculty Awards are:

Alumni Association Distinguished Undergraduate Professors

  • D. Barry Croom | Department of Agricultural and Extension Education | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Jeffrey A. Joines | Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science | College of Textiles
  • John R. Meyer | Department of Entomology | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Craig M. Newmark | Department of Economics | College of Management
  • Maria Oliver-Hoyo | Department of Chemistry | College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • John K. Townsend | Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering | College of Engineering

Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professors

  • Y. Richard Kim | Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering | College of Engineering
  • Hiller A. Spires | Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Counselor Education | College of Education

Alumni Association Outstanding Research Awards

  • Edward Bealmear Breitschwerdt | Department of Clinical Sciences | College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Jon-Paul Maria| Department of Material Science Engineering | College of Engineering
  • Ann Helen Ross| Department of Sociology and Anthropology | College Humanities and Social Sciences

Alumni Association Outstanding Extension and Outreach Awards

  • Jay F. Levine | Department of Population Health and Pathobiology | College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Donald E. Thrall | Department of Molecular Biomedical Science| College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Grady L. Miller |Department of Crop Science | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Awards

  • Jennifer L. Campbell | Department of Biology | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Martha L. Crowley | Department of Sociology and Anthropology | College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Jessica T. DeCuir-Gunby | Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Counselor Education | College of Education
  • Michael D. Dickey | Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering | College of Engineering
  • Scott M. Ferguson | Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | College of Engineering
  • David W.W. Jones | Department of Agricultural and Extension Education | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Shevaun Neupert | Department of Psychology | College of Humanities and Social Sciences
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