Kent State President Beverly Warren Announces Faculty Excellence Award Recipients

Faculty Honored for National, International Recognition

Kent State University President Beverly Warren recently presented 14 Kent State faculty members with the President’s Faculty Excellence Award, which recognizes exceptional performance that leads to the achievement of national or international recognition.

This year, each recipient receives a special salary adjustment of $10,000.

“It is an absolute privilege to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of our faculty,” Warren said. “This awards program is an important part of the university’s vision to recognize the outstanding faculty work that contributes to the national distinction of our academic programs, and this year’s honorees have demonstrated truly inspiring records of research, teaching and service, as well as a rising trajectory that promises continued groundbreaking outcomes.”

National or international recognition may be demonstrated in research, teaching and/or service. Tenured and tenure-track faculty members in all disciplines and from all campuses were eligible based on recommendations to department chairs and deans. Warren said the awards program also represents an investment in the university’s vision and aspirations.

“Innovative research agendas draw critical resources to the university, just as distinguished teaching and service records create remarkable learning outcomes,” Warren said. “Ultimately, it is the faculty who make Kent State a destination university for so many.”

A total of 110 nominations and self-nominations were received, and 14 (seven men and seven women) were recommended by the provost and approved by the president.

The President’s Faculty Excellence Award was created in 2015, and under the collective bargaining agreement, the university will award a pool of $400,000 in the form of special salary adjustments over a three-year period.

RECIPIENTS of the 2016 President’s Faculty Excellence Award 

  1. Kim R. Finer, Department of Biological Sciences
  2. Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanley, Department of Economics
  3. Leslie Heaphy, Department of History
  4. Mietek Jaroniec, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  5. Declan Keane, Department of Physics
  6. Terri Kent, School of Theatre and Dance
  7. Kathryn Kerns, Department of Psychological Sciences
  8. Janice Lessman-Moss, School of Art
  9. Caven Mcloughlin, School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
  10. Gerassimos Petratos, Department of Physics
  11. Timothy Rasinski, School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies
  12. Curtis Lockwood Reynolds, Department of Economics
  13. Phillip Rumrill, School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
  14. Marcia Lei Zeng, School of Library and Information Science

Learn more details about the recipients and their contributions

POSTED: Monday, August 29, 2016 02:42 PM
Updated: Monday, January 30, 2023 09:50 AM
Eric Mansfield