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Campus Celebrates Faculty for Teaching, Research

August 30, 2018
A long table holds a display of crystal awards.
UC Merced honored faculty members for their contributions during Faculty Convocation.

UC Merced faculty members wear multiple hats as teachers, mentors, curriculum creators and researchers who seek innovative solutions to complex problems. During UC Merced’s recent Faculty Convocation, the university recognized faculty members for their contributions to the university.

Chancellor Dorothy Leland and interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Gregg Camfield presented honors to this year’s Academic Senate and Continuing Lecturer Award recipients on Aug 21. Faculty members who earned tenure, advancement or promotion during the past year were also recognized during the ceremony.

2018 Academic Senate Awards

  • Anne Zanzucchi, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
    Dr. Fred Spiess Distinguished Service to the Academic Senate
     
  • Laura Beaster-Jones, School of Natural Sciences
    Ashlie Martini, School of Engineering
    Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching by a Senate Faculty Member
     
  • Mufadhal “Mak” M. Al-Kuhlani, School of Natural Sciences
    Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching by a Non-Senate Faculty Member
     
  • Mike Cleary, School of Natural Sciences
    Distinguished Graduate Teaching and Mentorship by a Senate Faculty Member
     
  • Christine Isborn, School of Natural Sciences
    Distinguished Early Career Research (for Non-Tenured Faculty)
     
  • Ajay Gopinathan, School of Natural Sciences
    Distinction in Research (for Tenured Faculty)
     
  • Yangquan Chen, School of Engineering
    Distinguished Scholarly Public Service
     
  • Marcos García-Ojeda, School of Natural Sciences
    Excellence in Faculty Mentorship
    In recognition of excellence in faculty mentorship.

Continuing Lecturer Awards

  • Kara Ayik
    The Karen Merritt Writing Program
  • John Bultena
    The Karen Merritt Writing Program
     
  • Debra A. Conte
    School of Natural Sciences
     
  • Doreen Danielson
    The Karen Merritt Writing Program
     
  • Huifang Dou
    School of Engineering
     
  • Nahrin Downey
    The Karen Merritt Writing Program
     
  • Chi-Yan (Daniel) Leung
    School of Engineering
     
  • Svetla Gargova
    School of Engineering
     
  • Alexander Khislavsky
    School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
     
  • Catherine Koehler
    The Karen Merritt Writing Program
     
  • Andrea Mele
    The Karen Merritt Writing Program
     
  • Steven Seltzer
    School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts

Advancement, Promotion and Tenure

School of Engineering

  • Marcelo Kallmann
  • Changqing Li
  • Robert Rice
  • Jian-Qiao Sun
  • Joshua Viers
  • LeRoy Westerling
     

School of Natural Sciences

  • Jing Xu

School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

  • Susan Amussen
  • Ricardo Cisneros
  • Maria DePrano
  • Kyle Dodson
  • Glynis Gawn
  • David Kaminsky
  • Ignacio López-Calvo
  • Mario Sifuentez
  • Jitske Tiemensma
  • Zulema Valdez
  • ShiPu Wang

UC Merced Library

  • Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco
  • Lindsay Davis
  • Jerrold Shiroma