2023 university award winners announced
Monday, December 4, 2023
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Oklahoma State University Provost Jeanette Mendez acknowledged the accomplishments of faculty, staff and administrators in 2023 during the University Awards Convocation held on Monday at the Student Union Ballroom.
Dr. Mendez, alongside Dr. Chris Francisco — vice provost — awarded recipients in 25 different categories, each nominated by supervisors and colleagues.
“This annual celebration provides an opportunity to celebrate and commemorate the outstanding achievements of so many of OSU faculty and staff, and while the ceremony is something we do every year, I continue to be amazed at the dedication and creative spirit of the OSU family,” Mendez said.
Dr. Jennifer Rudd, assistant professor of veterinary pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, received awards in three separate categories: the Advising Excellence Award; the Outreach Faculty Excellence Award; and the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award.
Mendez said Rudd is a passionate STEM educator and advocate for veterinary medicine, having established numerous programs for K-12 students to inspire them to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. In addition to mentoring and designing programs for prospective and current veterinary students, as well as practicing veterinarians, Rudd is a respected and sought-after speaker. In support of OSU’s We are Land-Grant strategy, Rudd actively contributes to the veterinary medicine outreach program and is a fervent advocate for the One Health initiative.
The inaugural Public Impact Research Award is intended to recognize a program that has implemented one or more impactful public impact research projects, specifically research efforts that have public impact and community involvement at the core of how the work was planned, carried out and disseminated. The recipients were Dr. Lindsey Greco from the Department of Management and Dr. Xiangyu (Dale) Li, from the Department of Fire and Emergency Management.
The Distinguished Early Career Faculty Awards were presented to Dr. Omkar Joshi from the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Dr. Douglas Miller from the Department of History, Dr. Xu Zhang from the Department of Mathematics, Dr. Steven Shepherd from the Department of Marketing and International Business, Dr. DJ McMaughan from the Department of Community Health Sciences, Counseling and Counseling Psychology, Dr. John O’Hara from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Kevin Dyke from the Edmon Low Library.
Recipients of this award were chosen based on their award of tenure within the past three years, their demonstration of strong potential for their contributions to the university, their professions, research, creative activity and Extension and/or outreach.
The Land-Grant Award for Excellence was given to Dr. Hitesh Vora from the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology.
Vora was recognized for his six-year tenure as director of the OSU Industrial Assessment Centers. His dedication to the land-grant mission is evident in his advocacy for interdisciplinary learning, problem-solving achievements, and collaborations with various state and local entities. Established in 1982, the center has been a driving force for advancing energy conservation, efficiency and sustainable development. With a strategic focus on addressing energy challenges in communities, the center collaborates with local stakeholders and industries, offering innovative solutions aligned with OSU's land-grant mission.
The Leave the Ladder Down Awards were given to Dr. Shelbie Witte from the School of Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences, Dr. Flera Rizatdinova from the Department of Physics and Timothy Huff from the Office of International Students and Scholars.
Recipients were commemorated for their mentorship and encouragement of others in their respective fields to reach their fullest potential.
The University Service Awards were given to Dr. Tamara Mix from the Department of Sociology and Angie Sneed from the College of Arts and Sciences Outreach program.
The Eminent Faculty award is designed to recognize the highest level of scholarly achievement at OSU. This year’s recipient was Dr. Dursun Delen for his ability to excel in the crossdisciplinarity nexus of business analytics, engineering and health science.
List of honorees
Newly Appointed Regents Professors
This honorary title is awarded to faculty judged by peers to have made outstanding contributions to their discipline through accomplishments in instruction, research, scholarship, Extension and/or outreach.
- Glenn Zhang, Animal and Food Sciences, Ferguson College of Agriculture
- Jack Pashin, Geology, College of Arts and Sciences
- Mostafa Elshahed, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, College of Arts and Sciences
- Tyler Ley, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
- Jamey Jacob, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
Phoenix Award for Graduate Faculty
This Graduate and Professional Student Government Association award honors an outstanding graduate faculty member who embodies the character of leadership, scholarship, university and community service, and involvement with graduate and professional students.
- Edralin Lucas, Nutritional Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences
President’s Fellows Research Award
This award supports faculty by equipping them to conduct groundbreaking research. Awardees must be tenured faculty within five years of their date of tenure, and awards, up to $20,000 each, are given as one-time grants to be expended over a period of no more than one year.
- Winyoo Chowanadisai, Nutritional Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences
- Ramesh Kaipa, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Arts and Sciences
- Mike Schoonover, Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
Regents Distinguished Research Award
This award recognizes faculty who have shown unusually significant achievement in their field of research. Awardees receive a $2,000 permanent stipend.
- Rodney Will, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Ferguson College of Agriculture
- An Cheng, English, College of Arts and Sciences
- Rolf Prade, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, College of Arts and Sciences
- Lisa Schurer Lambert, Management, Spears School of Business
- Jennifer Cribbs, Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences
- Jeffery White, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
- Fernando Vicosa Bauermann, Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine
Regents Distinguished Teaching Award
This award recognizes faculty who have shown unusually significant achievement in the instruction of students for an extended number of years. Awardees receive a $2,000 permanent stipend.
- Jon Ramsey, Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership, Ferguson College of Agriculture
- Erika Lutter, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, College of Arts and Sciences
- Matthew Schauer, History, College of Arts and Sciences
- Jeanine Porck, Management, Spears School of Business
- Katherine Curry, Educational Foundations, Leadership and Aviation, College of Education and Human Sciences
- Joshua Ramsey, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
- Jennifer Rudd, Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine
Career Champion Award
This award recognizes a faculty and staff member who have championed career development and readiness by encouraging, fostering and promoting opportunities for students.
- Steve Ruby, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Spears School of Business
- Yokolanda Speight, Hargis Leadership Institute, Division of Student Affairs
Dr. Patricia A. Bell Inclusive Excellence Faculty Award
This award recognizes a faculty member who is judged to bring their students — through teaching, research and/or outreach — a better understanding and appreciation of the value of inclusive excellence in the American social, political, or economic system. The recipient receives a one-time stipend of $2,500.
- Erica Townsend-Bell, Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Howard J. Ship Jr. Inclusive Excellence Staff Award
This award is presented annually to a staff member who exemplifies extraordinary service and outstanding achievements in advancing the culture of respect and inclusion at Oklahoma State University. The recipient receives a one-time stipend of $1,500.
- Leon Jones, OSU Police Department, Administration and Finance
Women’s Faculty Council Outstanding Achievement and Mentorship of Women Awards
These awards, with a $500 stipend, are given to faculty who have made significant contributions to research, scholarship and/or creative works and have a demonstrated record of encouragement, mentorship and advancement of women toward professional success.
- Corinne Schwarz, Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
- Amber Manning-Ouellette, Educational Foundations, Leadership and Aviation, College of Education and Human Sciences
- Lanette Lopez-Compton, Music, College of Arts and Sciences
Global Education Faculty Excellence Award
Honorees are faculty who have distinguished themselves by integrating a global perspective into instruction, research and outreach. The award consists of a $1,000 stipend.
- Derrell Peel, Agricultural Economics, Ferguson College of Agriculture
Online Teaching Excellence Award
This award recognizes a faculty member with a strong commitment to engaged, online teaching and student success. Criteria focus on evidence of a nominee’s use of effective and innovative online teaching practices resulting in student engagement, student satisfaction, use of effective methods of assessment of student learning and demonstration of a commitment to fostering the academic success of online students. The award includes a $2,000 stipend.
- Maribeth Kuzmeski, Marketing and International Business, Spears School of Business
Outreach Faculty Excellence Award
This award recognizes an individual for their commitment to OSU’s outreach mission as a land-grant institution, evidenced by the nominee’s impact on programs, innovation and creativity in content and design, and overall implementation of outreach programs. The award includes a $2,000 stipend.
- Jennifer Rudd, Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine
Newly Appointed Chair and Professorship Holders
Medallions are presented to outstanding faculty who have been recently appointed to endowed chair and professorship positions. These faculty are dedicated to advancing their fields of study and have a strong desire to share their knowledge with the next generation.
Ferguson College of Agriculture
- Brian Arnall, Walter Sitlington Chair in Agriculture
- Adel Pezeshki, Animal Science Graduates of Distinction Professorship
College of Arts and Sciences
- John McGuire, Welch/Bridgewater Chair in Sports Journalism
Spears School of Business
- John Holden, William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration
- Justin Lawrence, William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration II
- Anna Lennard, William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration
- Andy Luse, William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration IV
- James Payne, Richard W. Poole Professorship for Excellence and the Norman and Suzanne Myers Endowed Chair for Excellence in Business Administration
- Louis Piccotti, William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration IV
- Jeanine Porck, William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration IV
- Brian Roseman, Watson Family Chair for Commodity and Financial Risk Management
- Steven Shepherd, William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration IV
- Betty Simkins, Ed Keller Endowed Professorship in Finance and the Greg Massey Professorship in Finance
- Michael Stuart, Arthur Andersen Professorship in Accounting
- Brij Thapa, Carl and Marilynn Thoma Distinguished Chair in Hospitality and Tourism
- Emma Qin Wang, William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration IV
- Michael Wolfe, W. Haskell Cudd Professorship
- Jun Zhang, William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration III
College of Education and Human Sciences
- Donita Shaw, Steven and Mary Jane Buck Endowed Professorship in Reading
- Carlos Valiente, Ramona Ware Emmons Paul Endowed Professorship in Early Childhood
- Kelly Whalon, A. J. and Susan Jacques Professorship in Special Education
College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
- Sunderesh Heragu, John Hendrix Chair in Engineering
- Guiping Hu, Donald and Cathey Humphreys Chair in Industrial Engineering and Management
- Haley Murphy, Masonic Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies
- John O’Hara, Public Service Company of Oklahoma-Albrecht Naeter Professorship in Electrical Engineering
- Carisa Ramming, Halliburton Professorship in Engineering
- Mohamed Soliman, Decker Dawson Chair in Civil Engineering
- Hitesh Vora, Jim and Lynne Williams Professorship in Energy Technologies
- Lizhi Wang, Ken and Lynn Case Endowed Chair in Industrial Engineering and Management
School of Global Studies
- Adel Pezeshki, Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies Endowed Professorship A
College of Veterinary Medicine
- Fernando Vicosa Bauermann, Walter Sitlington Chair in Veterinary Medicine
- Joy Scaria, Sitlington Chair in Infectious Disease Research
Edmon Low Library
- Juliana Nykolaiszyn, Doris Neustadt Professorship of Library Service
Assessment Champion For Student Success In Learning Award
This award, with a one-time $1,000 stipend, honors an academic program assessment individual or team who demonstrates innovation and creativity in assessment planning and implementation for continuous improvement in support of student success. Winners of this award are recognized as leaders who contribute to the establishment of a campus-wide culture of assessment in student learning, in support of the We Are Land-Grant strategic plan.
- Karen Hickman, Environmental Science, Ferguson College of Agriculture
Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty
This award, with a $1,000 stipend, recognizes excellence in teaching and is presented to a non-tenure track faculty member with three or more years of service and whose primary assignment is instruction.
- Mary Hileman, Geology, College of Arts and Sciences
Merrick Foundation Teaching Award
This award, with a $2,500 stipend, is presented to a faculty member who is judged to bring students a better understanding and appreciation of the American economic system.
- Christopher Dinkel, Management, Spears School of Business
Advising Excellence Award
This award provides institutional recognition for outstanding academic advising by faculty and staff.
- Sue Fairbanks, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Ferguson College of Agriculture
- Caleb Hamman, Student Academic Services, College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Academic Advisor
- Christopher Fennell, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Mentor
- Samantha Lancaster, Student Success Center, Spears School of Business
- Tom Joyce, Student Success Center, College of Education and Human Sciences
- Kendall Treece, Engineering Technology, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
- Christy Beem, University College Advising/LASSO Center, Division of Academic Affairs
- Samuel Morse, Student Success Center, Honors College
- Jennifer Rudd, Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine
- Aditya Jayadas, Design and Merchandising, College of Education and Human Sciences, Graduate College’s Outstanding Graduate Coordinator
Oklahoma Online Excellence Award
This statewide award recognizes individuals and groups that demonstrate exemplary leadership, innovation, collaboration and results that advance online and blended learning in the state of Oklahoma.
- Kathy Essmiller, Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma Foundation For Excellence
Statewide award from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence to recognize and encourage academic excellence in Oklahoma Public Schools, including one award for teaching excellence at an Oklahoma research university.
- Bailey Norwood, Agricultural Economics, Ferguson College of Agriculture
Distinguished Early Career Faculty Award
This award, with a $2,000 stipend, recognizes faculty who were awarded tenure within the past three years and have demonstrated a strong potential for continued contributions to the university and to their profession in the areas of instruction, research and creative activity, and/or extension/outreach.
- Omkar Joshi, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Ferguson College of Agriculture
- Douglas Miller, History, College of Arts and Sciences
- Xu Zhang, Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences
- Steven Shepherd, Marketing and International Business, Spears School of Business
- DJ McMaughan, Community Health Sciences, Counseling, and Counseling Psychology, College of Education and Human Sciences
- John O’Hara, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
- Kevin Dyke, Edmon Low Library
Land-Grant Award for Excellence
This award was established to recognize a faculty member whose exemplary contributions promote the land-grant mission. The recipient receives a $1,000 stipend.
- Hitesh Vora, Mechanical Engineering Technology, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
Leave The Ladder Down Award
Given to a faculty member, a staff member and an administrator who have successfully mentored and encouraged others to reach their fullest potential.
- Shelbie Witte, Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences
- Flera Rizatdinova, Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
- Timothy Huff, International Students and Scholars, OSU Global
University Service Award
Given to a faculty member, a staff member and an administrator who have rendered meritorious service to the university.
- Tamara Mix, Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
- Angie Sneed, Outreach, College of Arts and Sciences
Eminent Faculty Award
This award, with a $10,000 stipend, is the highest honor given to a faculty member who has made sustained contributions to scholarly creative activity, instruction and service, bringing honor and recognition to the university.
Dursun Delen, Management Science and Information Systems, Spears School of Business