Excellence Awards Recognize Faculty and Staff

Thursday, May 1


The 2014 Excellence Awards were held Tuesday, April 28, at the University of Idaho. These awards are a long-running tradition with the aim of recognizing and encouraging excellence in all forms at the academic level.

Achievements in many areas of the university were recognized, including promotion and tenure, research and creative activity, graduate faculty mentoring, the Art Taylor Diversity Award and the University Distinguished Professor rank.

To view a video about the awards, visit http://youtu.be/NrME0zyf1HE


Please join the University of Idaho in congratulating the following award recipients: 

Research and Creative Activity Excellence Award

Eva Top
Professor, Biological Sciences
College of Science

Donald Crawford Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award

Akira Tokuhiro
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering

Outstanding Master’s Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award 

Shawn Rubenfeld
M.F.A. candidate in Creative Writing
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award 

Carl Morrow
Ph.D. (December 2013) in Natural Resources
College of Natural Resources

Outstanding Master’s Graduate Student Research and Creative Activity Award

Hallie E. Rajkovich
M.S. candidate in Water Resources
College of Graduate Studies

Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Student Research and Creative Activity Award

Casey L. Bartrem
Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Science
College of Graduate Studies

Faculty Advising Excellence Award

Frank Wilhelm
Associate Professor, Fish and Wildlife Resources
College of Natural Resources

Staff Advising Excellence Award

Kelli Schrand
Program Specialist, Martin Institute
College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Teaching Excellence Award

Terrance Grieb
Professor, Business
College of Business and Economics

Karen Launchbaugh
Professor, Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
College of Natural Resources

Cynthia Piez
Senior Instructor, Mathematics
College of Science

Hoffman Award in Teaching Excellence

Ryanne Pilgeram
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences


Outreach and Engagement Excellence Awards

Karla Eitel
Assistant Professor, Conservation Social Sciences 
College of Natural Resources
 
Steven Peterson
Assistant Professor, Business
College of Business and Economics


Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Efforts Excellence Award

Semester in the Wild Group:

Mary Clearman Blew
Professor, English
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Tom Gorman
Associate Dean for Outreach and Professor, Forest, Rangeland & Fire Sciences
College of Natural Resources

Troy Hall
Professor, Conservation Social Sciences
College of Natural Resources

Brian Kennedy
Associate Professor, Fish and Wildlife Resources
College of Natural Resources

Ed Krumpe
Professor, Conservation Social Sciences
College of Natural Resources

Jennifer Ladino
Assistant Professor of English
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Scott Slovic
Professor of English
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences


Dr. Arthur Maxwell Taylor Excellence in Diversity Award

Rula Awwad-Rafferty
Professor of Architecture and Interior Design
College of Art and Architecture

Gloria Jensen
Disability Support Services
Vice Provost for Student Affairs Division


2014 – 2016 Presidential Mid-Career Awards

Eric Aston
Professor, Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering

Jason Barnes
Associate Professor, Physics
College of Science

Benjamin Barton
Assistant Professor, Psychology and Communication Studies
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Erik Coats
Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
College of Engineering

Sandra Reineke
Associate Professor, Martin School and Women’s and Gender Studies
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Randy Teal
Associate Professor, Architecture and Interior Design
College of Art and Architecture

Ling Ling Tsao
Assistant Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Chantal Vella
Associate Professor, Movement Sciences and WWAMI Medical Education Program 
College of Education

Lee Vierling
Associate Professor, Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
University Natural Resources


University Distinguished Professors

Dale Goble
Professor, Law
College of Law

Mickey Gunter
Professor, Geological Sciences
College of Science

Robert Wrigley
Professor, English
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences