Our recipient for the Outstanding Faculty Award has been at Towson University for more than a decade and has shown that he excels as a teacher, a scholar and in service to the college, university and his professional community.
As a teacher, the awardee has been actively involved in curriculum development and reform and has taught a broad range of classes, from introductory level courses for non-majors to upper level electives for majors and graduate courses. His course rankings are consistently in the mid-4's. He co-authored a text for a major's laboratory course. He participated in the STEM-TC program where he worked with undergraduate teaching assistants to introduce active learning components into his classes. Since his arrival he has mentored over 60 students. His work with graduate and undergraduate students provides a good crossover between teaching and scholarship.
In the area of scholarship, the awardee has been consistently productive since his arrival at Towson University--he has published one lab manual and two book chapters, along with 18 peer-reviewed publications, over 70 meeting presentations (often with student co-authors) and 17 invited presentations. He has collaborated with a broad range of scientists within and beyond TU, including the US Geological Survey, JHU, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center to name a few. As a result he has developed an active interdisciplinary research program and continues to grow and develop as a scholar. He has successfully been able to support his research with over $3.75 million in grants (where he was either the PI or co-PI). He was selected by the USM Board of Regents as the recipient of the W. H. Elkins Endowed Professorship in 2009 and 2010 for his efforts of advancing multidisciplinary research at Towson.
He has been an exemplary citizen of the department, college, university and to his professional community. Examples of his many service commitments include serving on the FCSM Promotion and Tenure Committee (which he chaired), the College Council, the FCSM Undergraduate Research Committee, Director of the Graduate Program, the Faculty Senate, the Graduate Studies Committee and as a reviewer for numerous grants and manuscripts for a variety of journals.
This award winner completed his B.S. at Dickinson College with a Major in Geology and certified to teach Secondary Earth Science and Chemistry. He then went on for an M.S. in Geology from the University of Cincinnati and subsequently a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in Geochemistry.
It is my great pleasure to award the FCSM Outstanding Faculty Award to Dr. Steve Lev from the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences.
(As presented by Associate Dean Gail Gasparich at the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics Forum on November 2, 2012.)
The Jess and Mildred Fisher
College of Science and Mathematics
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