LAWRENCE – Faculty contributions in research, teaching and mentoring were recognized this spring with a series of awards from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas. The prizes acknowledge outstanding professors for commitment to advising and teaching undergraduate and graduate students, as well as community-engaged research.
Community Engaged Scholarship Award
The Community Engaged Scholarship Award is awarded to a faculty member whose scholarship actively collaborates with a community partner through the creation and dissemination of knowledge. At the same time, such work contributes to the scholar’s discipline and strengthens the well-being of the community. The winner receives a $1,000 award.
- David Cateforis, professor of art history
Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award
The Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award honors a unit in the College that is doing exemplary work to improve undergraduate student advising with an award of $1,000.
- Department of Physics & Astronomy
Byron A. Alexander Graduate Mentor Award
The Byron A. Alexander Graduate Mentor Award has been given to faculty in the College since 1993. Winners have helped graduate students make the most of their experience and opportunities at KU, and receive a $1,000 prize.
- Alesha Doan, associate professor of women, gender & sexuality studies, School of Public Affairs & Administration
John C. Wright Graduate Mentor Award
The John C. Wright Graduate Mentor Award has been given to faculty in the College since 2002. Winners have helped graduate students make the most of their experience and opportunities at KU and receive a $750 prize.
- Kelsie Forbush, assistant professor of psychology
J. Michael Young Academic Advisor Award
The J. Michael Young Academic Advisor Award honors exceptional commitment to undergraduate advising. Students nominate professors for enhancing their experience at KU through the advising relationship. The honor comes with a $1,000 award.
- Chi Zhang, assistant professor of geology
Grant Goodman Undergraduate Mentor Award
The Grant Goodman Undergraduate Mentor Award recognizes faculty who are selfless with their time and experience and continue to have lasting mentoring relationships with students long after they leave the classroom. Winners receive a $1,000 award.
- Daniel Hernández, assistant professor of mathematics
The funds are managed by KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.
The College is the heart of KU, educating the most students, producing the most research and collaborating with nearly every entity at KU. The College is home to more than 50 departments, programs and centers, as well as the School of the Arts, School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures and School of Public Affairs & Administration.