April 14, 2004
Faculty honored for teaching, scholarly efforts
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Twelve Southern Illinois University Carbondale faculty members will receive grants of cash as well as professional development accounts through the University's new "Excellence Through Commitment Awards Program" as rewards for top-notch teaching and scholarship.
While most of SIUC's colleges have long honored their own outstanding teachers and scholars, the new program combines these individual efforts with both existing and new all-campus prizes that aim to recognize a broader spectrum of those who contribute to the University.
The "Excellence" initiative also beefs up the rewards. College-level winners each will receive $3,000 outright plus a matching amount through the Office of Research and Development to support professional activities during the next fiscal year.
The "Excellence Through Commitment" program reflects Chancellor Walter V. Wendler's intention to foster creative, scholarly and teaching excellence as outlined in Southern@150, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019. He will host a dinner for all award winners Thursday, April 22.
Here, listed by college, are this year's college-level honorees.
Outstanding Teacher: Phillip R. Eberle, associate professor, agribusiness economics
Eberle teaches advanced farm management, farm real estate appraisal, production economics, mathematical programming applications to agribusiness, computer software applications related to agribusiness, and agricultural finance. He came to SIUC in 1983 and was promoted to associate professor in 1989. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1972 from Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., his master's in 1978 from Washington State University and his doctorate in 1983 from Iowa State University.
Applied Sciences and Arts
Davis teaches information systems and technologies, software applications and data communications, and coordinates the faculty and teaching assistants for some 25 sections of Computing for Business, taken by majors from other colleges. She came to SIUC in 1976 as a visiting instructor, took a tenure-track position in 1981, was promoted to associate professor in 1988 and became a full professor in 1998. She is a three-degree graduate of SIUC, earning her bachelor's in 1976, her master's in 1979 and her doctorate in 1990.Outstanding Teacher: Diane C. Davis, professor, information management systems
Business and Administration
Cornett, previously honored as her college's top teacher in 2002, specializes in bank management, corporate finance and investments. She joined the University as an associate professor in 1990, was promoted to full professor four years later and last year was named the first Rehn Professor of Business. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1978 from Knox College and her master's in business administration and doctorate from Indiana University, both in 1983.Outstanding Teacher: Marcia M. Cornett, professor, finance
Kumar's research focuses on consumer behavior, particularly on reactions to marketing communications, new technology, satisfaction and brand strategies. He has worked on marketing research projects with such companies as Sprint PCS and GENCO Distribution Systems and has published in such journals as the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Consumer Psychology and the Journal of Business Research. A faculty member since 1998, he has an undergraduate degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India, and a postgraduate diploma from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in New Delhi. He earned his master's in business administration in 1990 from Indiana State University and his doctorate in 1996 from Indiana University.Outstanding Scholar: Anand Kumar, assistant professor, marketing
Education and Human Services
Schreiber teaches instructional psychology, behavior foundations of education and adolescent development; he also teaches and coordinates a multi-section course in instructional evaluation. He came to SIUC in 2000. He received a bachelor's degree in 1991 from the University of Arizona, a master's in 1995 from Arizona State University, and master's and doctoral degrees from Indiana University in 1998 and 2000 respectively.Outstanding Teacher: James B. Schreiber, assistant professor, educational psychology and special education
Dhali teaches courses on very large scale integration circuits, and on semiconductor devices and integrated circuit fabrication. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1985, was promoted to associate professor in 1989 and became a full professor in 1993. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1978 from IIT Kharagpur in India and master's and doctoral degrees from Texas Tech University in 1981 and 1984 respectively.Outstanding Teacher: Shirshak K. Dhali, professor, electrical and computer engineering
Outstanding Scholar: Spyros Tragoudas, professor, electrical and computer engineering
Tragoudas, who specializes in VLSI (very large scale integration) design and test automation, and computer networks, has published more than 45 journal papers and 75 articles in peer-reviewed conference proceedings in these areas. He has won awards for papers presented at the International Conference on Computer Design and at the International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design and has received research funding from such sources as the National Science Foundation and Intel. Tragoudas came to SIUC as an assistant professor in 1991, was promoted to associate professor in 1996, left the University in 1998, returned in 1999 and became a full professor in 2000. He received a diploma in 1986 from the University of Patras in Greece and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1988 and 1991 respectively.
Outstanding Teacher: Jane H. Adams, associate professor, anthropology
Adams, who last year won the Core Curriculum's top teacher prize, teaches upper-level courses on political, legal and economic anthropology. She came to SIUC as an assistant professor in 1987 and was promoted to associate professor in 1993. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1976 from SIUC and her master's and doctoral degrees in 1982 and 1987 from the University of Illinois.
Shimada, who is also a fellow in pre-Columbian studies this year at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., is the world's top expert on the culture of two ancient Peruvian peoples, the Moche and the Sicán. His excavation of a Sicán religious and cermonial center, begun 26 years ago, is the longest continuous archaeological project in South America, funded in part by such agencies as the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. In addition to nine books and scores of book chapters and articles, his work has been featured on the Discovery channel. Shimada joined SIUC as an assistant professor in 1994, was promoted to associate professor in 1996 and became a full professor in 2002. He earned his bachelor's in 1971 from Cornell University and his doctorate in 1976 from the University of Arizona.
Outstanding Teacher: John M. Martinko, chair, microbiology
Martinko teaches a course on immunology for seniors and graduate students; in addition, he teaches sections on immunology in both undergraduate coursework and labs. He came to SIUC in 1981 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1988. He earned his bachelor's in 1970 from Cleveland State University and his master's and doctoral degrees in 1976 and 1978 respectively from the University at Buffalo (State University of New York).
Outstanding Scholar: Carey Krajewski, professor, zoology
Krajewski's research uses DNA sequencing to assess diversity and genetic relationships among groups of mammals that carry their young in pouches (such as possums and kangaroos) and in an order of birds that includes cranes, rails and coots. Funding sources include the National Science Foundation. He joined the University as an assistant professor in 1990, was promoted to associate professor in 1996 and became a full professor last year. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1982 from Bemidji State University in Minnesota and master's and doctoral degrees in 1985 and 1988 respectively from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Archivist and curator of manuscripts at the library's Special Collections Research Center, Salzmann also serves as on-site supervisor for the SIUC office of the Illinois Regional Archives Depository. She came to the University in 1999. She earned her bachelor's in 1992 from The College of Wooster in Ohio and her master's in 1995 from the University of Texas at Austin.