UNC Faculty Recognized for Research, Scholarly Work

The University of Northern Colorado's Faculty Research and Publications Board, College Deans, and the Office of Sponsored Programs recognized faculty achievement in research and other academic pursuits at university's annual Distinguished Scholar Luncheon on April 7.

Nine faculty were presented with awards.

Steven Anderson, professor of Earth Science and director of the Mast Institute, will receive the 2014 A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar award - given annual to a faculty member who's consistently demonstrated outstanding scholarly performance.

Awards for college scholars will be presented to:

  • Rashida Banerjee, associate professor of Special Education; College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
  • Steven Seegel, associate professor of History; College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Michael Martin, associate professor of Business Law; Monfort College of Business
  • Anton Dzhamay, associate professor of Mathematics; College of Natural and Health Sciences
  • Caleb Harris, associate professor of Music; College of Performing and Visual Arts
  • Andrea Falcone, assistant professor of University Libraries; University College

In addition, Elizabeth Franklin, professor of Hispanic Studies, will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Sponsored Programs Award, and David Hydock, assistant professor of Sport and Exercise Science, will receive the Sponsored Programs New Faculty Recognition Award.

About the recipients:

Steven Anderson is the director of the Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Institute at the University of Northern Colorado and a professor of Earth Sciences. He was born in Arizona and raised in Wisconsin, where he was an unmotivated chronic underachiever as a high school student. He received a bachelor's degree in geology from Cornell College and master's and doctoral degrees from Arizona State University. His graduate studies focused on the formation of lava domes worldwide, and his research was a cover article in Nature magazine in 1989. He has published nearly 40 professional papers, has given nearly 150 conference presentations and his research has been featured on a BBC television program. For more about Anderson, visit http://www.unco.edu/news/?4066 and http://www.unco.edu/news/?5105.

Rashida Banerjee is an associate professor and coordinator of the master's in Special Education: Early Childhood program in the School of Special Education at UNC. Her research areas and interests are effective assessment of young children, especially issues around diversity; inclusive intervention for young children; teacher preparation; and effective community, family and professional partnerships. She's published numerous articles and book chapters, received several grants and presented over 65 juried presentations at national and international conferences. She received the New Faculty Recognition Award from UNC's Office of Sponsored Programs in 2012. For more about Banerjee, visit http://www.unco.edu/news/?5377.

Steven Seegel is an associate professor of History. He's the author of books on the history of modern East European geography, geopolitics and critical cartography, including Ukraine under Western Eyes (Harvard University Press, 2011) and most recently, Mapping Europe's Borderlands: Russian Cartography in the Age of Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2012), which was a finalist for the Joseph Rothschild Prize of the Association for the Study of Nationalities. His current project, Map Wars: Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe, is a microstudy of the entangled modern lives and transnational careers of six geographers across East Central Europe, from the 1870s to the 1950s. For more about Seegel, visit http://www.unco.edu/news/?4184.

Michael W. Martin is an associate professor of Business Law and Daniels Ethics Initiative Fellow in the Monfort College of Business, where he was awarded the colleges Teacher of the Year Award in 2012. His research interests involve international law, Title VII, business ethics, state and federal policy, complexities of real estate transactions and estate planning and taxation issues. His work has appeared in, or is forthcoming in numerous professional journals such as the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing and the Journal of Legal Studies in Business. He's won best paper awards at Academic and Business Research Institute and Allied Academics conferences. Prior to joining UNC, he practiced law in multiple jurisdictions. He holds an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Washington, as well as a J.D. and an MBA from Creighton University.

Anton Dzhamay is an associate professor of Mathematics. Originally from Moscow, Russia, he obtained his undergraduate degree (with honors) in Applied Mathematics from Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics and then continued his studies at Columbia University, where he received two master's degrees and his Ph.D. He previously taught at the University of Michigan and Columbia University, and served as a visiting associate professor at Columbia last year while on sabbatical leave. His current research is in the field of completely integrable systems and includes collaborations with scientists from Canada, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom. He's given numerous invited talks at prestigious international venues and conferences across the globe, including Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Russia, and the U.S. His work has been published in numerous professional journals.

Caleb Harris is an associate professor of Music, Piano/Collaborative Piano; and director of the Collaborative Program at UNC. He enjoys an active career as a pianist, chamber musician, conductor, and vocal and opera coach. Harris has appeared throughout the United States, Europe and Asia at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. He's performed or given masterclasses in some of the top music schools in the U.S., including Eastman School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Westminster Choir College and the University of Michigan. Harris has also adjudicated over 30 competitions for piano, voice and chamber music across the U.S. He's a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.

Andrea Falcone's research interests in library instruction include the application of innovative teaching techniques, improving classroom communication skills and pedagogical uses of technology. She's authored multiple book chapters and has presented widely on topics such as developing lesson plans for peer learning, elevating community in online courses and using social media tools in instruction. She was selected by the Association of College and Research Libraries to present web-based and in-person workshops for national audiences on the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education in which she encourages strategies for planning, assessing, and communicating the impact of academic libraries. In 2013, she was selected to attend the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

Elizabeth Franklin has been a professor of Hispanic Studies since 2001and has served as the director of the Center for Language Arts Education and the director of the School of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. She's published articles, an edited book and grant reports, and regularly presents at national and state conferences. She's been principal investigator or co-principal Investigator on six federal and state grants and/or subcontracts worth a total of $2,9 million, including a five-year, $1.8 million grant in 2011 from the U.S. Department of Education to prepare pre-service and in-service teachers to more effectively teach mathematics and science to English learners at four partner schools. She's a member of the U.S. Fulbright National Screening Committee for English language teaching fellows to Spain, and has served on numerous committees in her department and at the university. For more on Franklin, visit http://www.unco.edu/news/?3145.

David Hydock is an assistant professor in the School of Sport and Exercise Science. His research focuses primarily on investigating the mechanisms behind cancer treatment related to musculoskeletal and cardiovascular side effects and how exercise and nutritional interventions play a part in battling these negative side effects. He's received fundings from the American Cancer Society to explore the effects of doxorubicin (a commonly used chemotherapy drug) on muscle force and fatigue and determine the role that endurance and resistance training play in protecting against this muscle dysfunction. Through these efforts, it is hoped that a deeper understanding of the role that exercise plays in managing cancer treatment-related side effects can be realized to minimize the debilitating fatigue and reduced quality of life experienced by many cancer patients. He received his bachelor's degree from Adams State College, his master's degree from Northern State University and his Ph.D. and postdoctoral training from UNC. For more about Hydock, visit http://www.unco.edu/news/?4001.

For more information, visit the Office of Sponsored Programs online at http://www.unco.edu/osp/.