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CEHS faculty, staff recognized at University Awards Convocation

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

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Ten faculty and staff members from Oklahoma State University’s College of Education and Human Sciences received university-wide recognition at the 2022 University Awards Convocation on Dec. 8.

President Kayse Shrum and OSU’s provost Dr. Jeanette Mendez presented recipients with awards in teaching, service and contribution to their respective colleges as well as the university. 

Dr. Ki Cole from the School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Aviation was awarded the Distinguished Early Career Faculty Award. An associate professor of research, evaluation, measurement and statistics, Dr. Cole’s primary research interest is in item response theory (IRT), factor analysis, test score equating, test and survey development and evaluation, and evaluating statistical software.

Dr. Tilanka Chandrasekera of the Department of Design and Merchandising received the Regents Distinguished Research Award, recognizing faculty who have shown unusually significant achievement in their field of research. With a background in architecture, Dr. Chandrasekera teaches courses in interior design and was nominated for his ongoing work in the Mixed Reality Lab. 

Dr. Sam Emerson, nutritional sciences associate professor, received the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, having shown unusually significant achievement in the instruction of students for an extended number of years. Dr. Emerson has helped guide the development of the Laboratory for Applied Nutrition and Exercise Science (LANES), a space designed for clinical research with humans, usually in the context of nutrition and exercise science. 

Dr. Lucy Bailey has been awarded the Inspiring Excellence award for the Women’s Faculty Council’s Outstanding Achievement and Mentorship of Women. Dr. Bailey is faculty in social foundations and qualitative inquiry and the OSU Director of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies. This award is 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.

Dr. Greg Clare was recognized for his recent appointment of the Carol Dewitt Morsani Endowed Professorship in Design for ongoing work in the areas of lighting design and consumer behavior, particularly for the aging community. Nutritional Sciences professor Dr. Daniel Lin has been honored with the John and Sue Taylor Human Environmental Sciences Professorship for continued instruction in nutrition and metabolism courses for both undergraduates and graduate students. Newly appointed chair and professorship holders were presented with medallions.

The award for Academic Excellence in Academic Program Assessment has been given to Amy Birchfield, Dr. Alana Cluck and Dr. Tyler Kane of OSU’s RN to BSN online nursing degree program.  This award recognizes academic program assessment individuals or teams who demonstrate innovation, excellence and dedication to program outcomes assessment planning, reporting and implementation.

Michelle Crew, senior academic advisor in the College of Education and Human Sciences Student Success Center, received the Advising Excellence Award for outstanding academic advising by faculty and staff.

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