The Office of the Provost and Office of Rearch present the Dean's Award for Faculty Excellence, which recognizes faculty members who represent excellence in all of its forms.
Each college was given $4,000 to disburse to recipients of the Dean’s Award for Faculty in their respective colleges. The funding supports recipients’ teaching, research and professional efforts.
McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
Interim Head and Associate Professor of Classics, Kathleen Lynch, showed remarkable leadership during a year of transition by providing intellectual and emotional support for students and faculty. A natural mentor, she has worked to protect her department’s mission and continued to build its international reputation.
Littisha Bates, Assistant Professor of Sociology, has excelled as a researcher, teacher, mentor and scholar-activist. In addition to maintaining a high level of research and teaching, she has contributed significant service to both faculty and students by mentoring scholars and co-leading the black faculty group.
As Associate Professor of Chemistry and new Associate Dean of the Graduate School, James Mack has emerged as a highly respected researcher, with a national and international reputation in the Green Chemistry field. He has mentored numerous students and served on key committees at the university, helping create an environment where all students, staff and faculty may thrive.
College Conservatory of Music
The Division Head of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration, Rocco Dal Vera, has used his faculty, leadership skills and outside activities to create an exemplary year for his department. In leading his college, he has created new literature for his department and also works with some of the region’s top companies in change management and leadership coaching.
Professor Michelle Conda has excelled in her positions as Director of Secondary Piano and Keyboard Division Head. She has served on two committees, chaired two piano searches to successful hires in record time and is currently working alongside colleagues in the Keyboard Division to create a new handbook which will be the first of its kind in the division.
College of Medicine
As Richard W. & Sue P. Vilter Professor of Medicine ad Program Director for Internal Medicine, Dr. Eric Warm has shown excellence in clinical service, education and medical education research. In addition to his service as the first chair of the ACGME Educational Innovations Project Council, he was also the principle architect behind the redesign of UC’s resident education.
Dr. Syed A. Ahmad serves as a Professor of Surgery, Associate Director for the UC Cancer Institute and Director of the Pancreatic Disease Center at the UC Medical Center. Through his strong commitment to the college’s cancer initiative he has contributed continued excellence in clinical service.
Interim Director of the School of Design, Professor Brigid O’Kane, is recognized for her commitment and diligent service to the school, college and university at large since January 2014. She has excelled during a time of transition and has worked diligently to maintain the quality of the educational experience of her school.
Kevin Grace serves as the University Archivist and as Head of UC’s Archives and Rare Books Library. He has shown outstanding performance in his job and leadership responsibilities and has also provided outstanding engagement and impact in the UC Libraries, the university and in external professional service.
College of Law
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Bradford Mank served an instrumental role in establishing the undergraduate certificate program and has served as chair of the Academic Policy and Curriculum Committee. In addition to an active scholarly agenda, teaching in the areas of administrative, natural resources and environmental law, he is also an advisor to the Immigration and Nationality Law Review.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Nancy Oliver has made many contributions to the College of Law and has worked tirelessly as an advocate for the students of her school. She has also been a key participant in a number of key issue discussions surrounding change in the college and has dedicatedly worked to create new programs for current and future students.
UC Blue Ash
Director and Associate Senior Librarian at UC Blue Ash, Heather Maloney has shown a commitment to involvement with the UC community at large in addition to her service in the library. She has participated in large-scale community service events alongside her colleagues and made a positive impact on the city of Cincinnati, on and off campus.
Nicholas Abel serves as an Associate Professor of Physics and Program Coordinator for the department of Math, Computers, Geology and Physics. He is recognized for his tireless work not only as a member of the UC faculty, but for his devotion to preparing the students in his department for their future in the field of engineering.
Amanda Hunt works as an Associate Professor of Geology who serves on a number of committees dedicated to improving student and faculty life. She has shown a devotion to providing a deep academic experience for her students by sharing her addition to developing her students by sharing her fossil collection with them and hosting numerous field trips a year.
Carl H. Lindner College of Business
Robert Rokey, Professor-Educator and Director of the Lindner College of Business Master of Science in Information Systems program, has consistently devoted his time to help students succeed. Through his work, he has grown the program to 99 students while upholding the level of quality deserving of the program’s 100% job placement rate.
College of Nursing
Dr. Carolyn Smith is recognized for her innovative research on the violence experienced by women of all ages as well as her teaching and service in her role as Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing. Through her involvement as a professor and frequent activity in professional organizations, she embodies the principles of a Just Community.
As Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate Program, Diana McIntosh has shown herself to be a true representative of the Principles of a Just Community through her actions. She has been instrumental in obtaining local, state and federal program grants for her college and has devotedly worked to address the care needs of underrepresented and underserved individuals.
College of Education, Criminal Justice & Human Services
In his roles as Associate Professor and Coordinator for Sports Administration, Thomas Aicher has shown a passion for making a difference through sports and setting student athletes up for success. He lends his expertise to numerous journals in his field while also making sure to support students by serving as a faculty advisor for athletic clubs.
Professor Virginia Fritz serves as an instructor in the School of Information Technology. She has made it a constant commitment to support women in the technology industry through her role as an advisor for UC’s Women in Technology.
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Karen Davis has truly excelled in her role as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and has shown herself to be a prime example of an educator who can balance her teaching and research responsibilities. In addition to advising the senior design projects of over 70 graduate students, she has spurred on the academic success of numerous scholars by having them coauthor a number of her scholarly publications.
An Associate Professor-Educator in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Director of the Design Clinic, Tom Huston has done much to go above and beyond what is normally expected of a faculty member. In handling virtually all of the college’s Engineering Fundamental courses as well as a number of basic courses, he has shown a true dedication to providing a strong foundation for the success of UC scholars.
James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
Chair and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences, Dr. Pamela Heaton commits her time to serving as a mentor for graduate students in the area of health outcomes. A participant in multiple UC committees and national organizations, she constantly works to better not only the UC student experience, but the field of Pharmacy at large.
Professor Gary Gudelsky is a nationally recognized researcher who has received numerous grants from the National Institute of Drug Abuse from his research into the effects of amphetamine abuse. His work has been featured in acclaimed journals throughout his field and he continues to change the face of the field of Pharmacology.
College of Allied Health Sciences
Dr. Lisa Kelchner is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders who has served as Interim Department Chair since June 2015. Through her leadership she has provided exceptional service to her department and the college at large while continuing her excellent scholarship at UC.
Dr. Shane Keene is an Associate Professor-Educator in the Department of Analytical and Diagnostic Sciences and also serves as the unit’s Department Chair. He has been a constant champion for innovative teaching strategies and e-learning marketing efforts and has made countless contributions to education and service at UC.