Winners chosen for their skills in scholarship, mentoring, public service, teaching and collaboration
TOWSON, Md. (April 22, 2011)—Five Towson University faculty members have been named winners of the 2011 University System of Maryland Regents' Faculty Awards, the highest honor presented by the board to exemplary faculty members.
The recipients were announced on Friday, April 15, by the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents. Presented in five categories, the awards honor excellence in teaching; scholarship, research or creative activities; public service; mentoring; and collaboration. Each award carries a $1,000 prize provided by the institutions and the USM Foundation.
Towson led all USM schools with five out of 16 winners.
Diana Emanuel, professor of Audiology, Speech Language Pathology and Deaf Studies, was selected for the category of teaching. Emanuel is the creator and director of the Doctor of Audiology Program, TU's first doctoral program. She consistently receives stellar ratings from her students in classroom instruction, lab experience, clinical setting and the thesis process, and her Hearing Science textbook is the first book in its field to address math skills of speech pathology majors.
Brian Fath, associate professor of Biological Sciences, was awarded for the category of scholarship. Fath is an ecosystems ecologist focused on sustainability science, a field that encompasses ecosystem services, biodiversity, natural resources, human cultures and specific environments. He serves on the Baltimore Sustainability Network and is acting chair of the Baltimore County Commission on Environmental Quality. Fath has published extensively in scientific literature and books, and in the past three years has given over 30 presentations around the world.
Jonathan Lazar, professor of Computer and Information Sciences and director of the Universal Usability Laboratory, was named in the category of public service. Since he started teaching at Towson in 1999, Lazar's service to the university and community has been exemplary. He has coordinated curriculum and research partnerships between Towson and the National Federation of the Blind for nearly a decade, and served as adviser to the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (which oversees stimulus funds), the Treasury Department and the White House.
Roland Patrick Roberts, associate professor of Biology, was selected for the category of mentoring. Roberts established a well-funded research program in the fields of plant population genetics and systematics. Previously a mentor to students participating in the National Science Foundation's "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" program at Towson, he goes to great lengths to involve undergraduate and graduate students in his diverse research programs, providing them with an invaluable opportunity to work with him in the laboratory.
James Saunders, professor of Biological Sciences, was awarded for the category of mentoring. The growth of the Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics (MB3) Program over the last six years is directly attributable to the leadership of Saunders, especially in the area of undergraduate mentoring. He serves as undergraduate adviser for all 120 MB3 majors, meeting with them individually and in group sessions throughout each term, and has directed internship programs to provide over 800 students with individual research experiences at the high school and college level.
See the USM website for the full list of 2011 Regents' Faculty Award winners.