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ODU Recognizes Faculty, Administrators at Annual Awards Program

Scores of Old Dominion University faculty members and administrators were recognized and honored at the annual Faculty Awards & Retirement Dinner May 4 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

The university's most prestigious faculty honor, the Tonelson Award, given in cooperation with the Alumni Association, went to Lynn Tolle, professor of dental hygiene (pictured).

The annual award is presented to the faculty member who best exemplifies the qualities of commitment to excellence in research, scholarly activities, teaching and service, and the professional excellence epitomized by former faculty member and administrator A. Rufus Tonelson. Tolle received a check for $2,000 and a parking pass for the 2010-11 academic year.

Tolle joined the School of Dental Hygiene in 1983. Her skills in clinic management, appreciation of the needs of students and enthusiasm for exceptional patient care set her apart. One former student noted, "Professor Tolle's classroom instruction, enthusiasm and knowledge of dental hygiene … were inspirational to me. Her mentoring was one of the key reasons I continued my education and received my Doctor of Dental Medicine."

The Faculty Research Achievement Award was presented to Nancy Xu, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and a leading innovator in the field of nanobiotechnology. Her work has focused on non-aggregating and photostable nanoparticles; nanoparticle-based imaging systems for in vitro and in vivo assays; and in vivo assays to rapidly and effectively screen biocompatibility and toxicity of nanomaterials.

Xu's research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and she has been recognized for her achievements by two NASA NANO 50 awards and by the National Cancer Institute in its publication, Mission to the Inside of a Living Cell. She joined the ODU faculty in 1998.

This year's J. Worth Pickering Administrator of the Year Award went to Terri Mathews, assistant dean in the College of Sciences, who is responsible for its undergraduate program. Over the last 10 years, Mathews has developed a number of retention strategies and programs for the college, including the recently established Math Science Resource Center that has successfully increased student performance in math and chemistry.

The university presented three Instructional Technology Teaching Awards. This award includes a $3,000 grant which recipients may use to purchase software or hardware for themselves or their department, to assist in their continued use of information technology in the classroom.

The winners are: Shannon Bowling, assistant professor of engineering management and systems engineering; Edward Neukrug, professor of counseling and human services; and Liza Potts, assistant professor of English.

Wayne Talley, eminent scholar and Frederick W. Beazley professor of economics, received the Provost's Award for Leadership in International Education. His international work in supply chain management has brought renown to the region and the university.

ODU bestowed the emeritus rank on the following faculty retiring faculty members: William Graves, dean of the Darden College of Education and professor of educational leadership and counseling; Jane Hager, professor of teaching and learning; Tim McKee, associate professor of accounting; George Oertel, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences; Karl Schoenbach, professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Alice Wakefield, associate professor of teaching and learning.

Seven faculty members were honored with the rank of University Professor: Edward Neukrug, professor of counseling and human services; Sharon Raver-Lampman, professor of communication disorders and special education; Ralph Stevens, associate professor of biological sciences; Victoria Time, associate professor of sociology and criminal justice; Lynn Tolle, professor of dental hygiene; Steve Yetiv, professor of political science; and Dennis Zeisler, professor of music.

The following faculty members were awarded the title of eminent scholar: Mark Butler, professor of biological sciences; Gary Edgerton, professor and chair of the communication and theatre arts department; John Ford, professor of marketing and international business; and Ravindra Joshi, professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Doctoral Mentoring Awards were presented to Sacharia Albin, graduate program director and professor of electrical and computer engineering; John Morris, graduate program director and professor of public administration and urban policy; and James Swanson, graduate program director and professor of biomedical sciences.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards were presented to Elizabeth Vincelette, who has taught a number of English classes, and Amanda Priest, who is currently pursuing her M.S. in chemistry with plans to continue in the Ph.D. program at Old Dominion.

Also recognized at the program were ODU's nominees for the 2010 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards: Mark Butler, biological sciences; Jie Chen, political science and geography; Ravindra Joshi, electrical and computer engineering; Charles Keating, engineering management and systems engineering; Greta Pratt, art; Jeffrey Richards, English; Kimberly Adams Tufts, nursing; Lepsha Vuskovic, physics; and Li Xu, information technology and decision sciences.

The following retiring faculty members were recognized: Phyllis Barham, senior lecturer of nursing; Roy Cunningham, senior lecturer of marketing; Lynn Doyle, associate professor of educational foundations and leadership; Jane Hager, professor of teaching and learning; Vernon Lewis, senior lecturer of engineering technology; Tim McKee, associate professor of accounting; Taj Mohieldin, professor of engineering technology; Martha Nesselrode, senior lecturer of nursing; George Oertel, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences; Karl Schoenbach, professor of electrical and computer engineering; Cynthia Wright Swaine, instructional services librarian; James Sweeney, associate professor of history; Evelyn Thomson, senior lecturer of dental hygiene; and Alice Wakefield, associate professor of teaching and learning.

Three retiring faculty Administrators were also honored: William Graves, dean of the Darden College of Education; Jim Jarrett, director of athletics; and Wayne Woodhams, executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Institute for Space and Technology.

This article was posted on: May 7, 2010

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