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Miami University's regional campuses honor faculty service and scholarship

08/31/2012

Miami University's regional campuses recently honored faculty members for teaching excellence, service and scholarship or artistic achievement.

Michelle Abraham, assistant professor of psychology, is recipient of the Hamilton campus full-time faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. She has made major curricular contributions, including the development of seven psychology courses, a bachelor of integrative studies seminar and a course for Miami’s Luxembourg program.

Deb Neyer, instructor in Kinesiology and Health Science, is recipient of the Hamilton campus part-time faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. She teaches a variety of kinesiology and health classes and is devoted to promoting health and wellness in her classes and in her community and giving students hands-on learning.

Dave Berg, professor of zoology, is recipient of the Hamilton campus Excellence in Service Award. He has offered multifaceted service to his discipline and profession as well as the university during his career.

Mark Krekeler, assistant professor of geology, is recipient of the Hamilton campus Excellence in Scholarship Award. He has conducted research near and far, from Butler County to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, and holds four patents.

Al Cady, professor of zoology, is recipient of the Middletown full-time faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. He has taught twelve different courses during his twenty-three years with Miami. His willingness to innovation is shown through his involvement in numerous committees including the bachelor of integrative studies degree.

Janet Sauter, instructor in communications, is recipient of the Middletown part-time faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. She served as Miami Middletown’s representative on the Top 25 redesign team for COM 135 and has been responsible for bringing this new curriculum to the Middletown campus.

Andy Au, associate professor of art, is recipient of the Middletown campus Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity Award. As a printmaker, Au has had his work shown locally, nationally and internationally.

John Heyda, associate professor of English, is recipient of the Excellence in Service Award. He has co-led a grassroots admission effort, chaired a committee on Communications across the Curriculum for many years, led and contributed to various charitable causes and advised the student newspaper, radio station while chairing the campus Communications Board.

"These award winners are standouts even considering the high level of achievement we expect from Regional Campus faculty members in all areas of their professional life. Their recognition is richly deserved," said Rob Schorman, regional associate dean of Academic Affairs.

Read more on the Miami regional campuses' website.

written by Perry Richardson, Miami Hamilton

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