2019–2020 Faculty Year-End Awards

HONOREES

THE WARREN I. SUSMAN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING, named to honor the memory of the noted historian and Rutgers University professor, Warren I. Susman, is awarded annually to tenured faculty members in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual development of students at Rutgers University.

Ricard Dienst Associate Professor, Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Próspero N. García Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director and Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Department of World Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, Rutgers University–Camden
Nicholas A. Rennie Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director, Department of German, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

 

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP FOR SCHOLARLY EXCELLENCE AWARD recognizes the exceptional research accomplishments of newly-promoted and tenured (as of July 1, 2020) faculty members.

Simon Charlow Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
David J. Margolis Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Division of Life Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Rachel M. Mundy Assistant Professor, Department of Arts, Culture and Media, School of Arts and Sciences–Newark, Rutgers University–Newark
Amariliz Rivera-Medina
Assistant Professor, Center for Immunity and Inflammation, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Anand D. Sarwate Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Audrey A. Truschke Assistant Professor, Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences–Newark, Rutgers University–Newark

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL FELLOWSHIP FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE honors newly-promoted and tenured (as of July 1, 2020) members of the faculty who have made truly outstanding contributions to teaching during their early years at Rutgers.

Kate Cairns Assistant Professor, Department of Childhood Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, Rutgers University–Camden
Kelly E. Dittmar Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, Rutgers University–Camden
Theresa M. Leyro Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Jennifer Tamas Assistant Professor, Department of French, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

 

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH honors tenured faculty members who have made distinguished research contributions to their discipline and/or society at large.

Dafna Lemish Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Programs, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Maureen A. Morrin Henry Rutgers Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, School of Business–Camden, Rutgers University–Camden
Michele Pavanello Associate Professor and Physics Chair, Departments of Chemistry and Physics, School of Arts and Sciences–Newark, Rutgers University–Newark
Yuanxiang Tao Professor and Vice-Chair of Research, Department of Anesthesiology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Rebecca L. Walkowitz Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Jinchuan Xing Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Division of Life Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

 

THE SCHOLAR-TEACHER AWARD honors tenured faculty members who have made outstanding synergistic contributions in research and teaching. Often the most effective faculty members are those who are able to integrate their teaching with their research, whose research informs and adds excitement to their teaching, and whose interactions with students in the classroom stimulate and inform their scholarship. This award recognizes those who make visible the vital link between teaching and scholarship, by contributing to the scholarship of teaching and by bringing together scholarly and classroom activities. Through their example, by their efforts in the classroom and their reflection on those efforts, and/or by their contributions to the literature of teaching and learning, those who are honored add to our knowledge of a specific discipline and offer a model of how scholarship and love of learning can be transmitted to students.

Mary C. Kamienski Professor and Emergency Care Specialty Director, Division of Advanced Nursing Practice, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Jamie Lew Associate Professor and Co-Director, Global Urban Studies, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences–Newark, Rutgers University–Newark
Robert M. Schindler Professor of Marketing, School of Business–Camden, Rutgers University–Camden
Andrew B. Shankman
Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, Rutgers University–Camden
Mara S. Sidney Associate Professor and Co-Director, Global Urban Studies, Department of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences–Newark, Rutgers University–Newark

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING is awarded annually to non-tenure-track, full-time faculty members in the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences who have demonstrated outstanding teaching skills in classroom instruction, clinical instruction, curriculum development, or mentoring.

Diane Jammula Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Physics, School of Arts and Sciences–Newark, Rutgers University–Newark
Susan Kaplowitz Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health, Division of Life Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Laura E. Liang Assistant Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Craig D. Phelps Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Jessica Rispoli Joines Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Division of Life Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

 

THE RUTGERS COLLEGE CLASS OF 1962 PRESIDENTIAL PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD, funded by the Class of 1962 of Rutgers College, honors members of the faculty, student body, or staff in recognition of distinguished and non-compensated service to government bodies, professional or scholarly organizations, and/or the general public, such as voluntary community leadership, or personal acts of heroism.

Anna A. Agbotse Senior Undergraduate Student, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark
Christina Strasburger Department Administrator, Department of History and African American and African Studies, School of Arts and Sciences–Newark, Rutgers University–Newark

 

THE ERNEST E. MCMAHON-CLASS OF 1930 AWARD is funded by the Class of 1930 of Rutgers College. The award is named in honor of Ernest E. McMahon (RC '30) who was a dean of University College, dean of the University Extension Division, and director of the Institute of Management and Labor Relations, and who demonstrated a commitment to extending the mission of Rutgers to new populations. In the spirit of Ernest McMahon, this award is given to an individual or a group within Rutgers University that has made a significant and creative contribution to the extension of the educational resources of the University to the people of New Jersey through such means as continuing education or extramural programs.

Carmela Scala,
Chris Scherer, and 
Sheri La Macchia

Carmela Scala, Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of the Language Program, Department of Italian;
Chris Scherer, Director of the Office of New Program Initiatives and Digital Learning; and
Sheri La Macchia, Program Coordinator, Department of Italian, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick