UA colleges to present President's Faculty AwardBy Collin Burwinkel | 03/30/2015 11:30pm
Dr. Kim Bissell reviews the schedule for going abroad with this year's Alpine Living journalism team. Bissell is a professor in C&IS, serving as the College's Associate Dean for Research and the Director of the Institute for Communication & Information Research. CW | Amy Sullivan
The University of Alabama will present the President’s Faculty Research Award as a part of its first ever Faculty Research Day. Thirteen faculty members from different colleges across campus will be presented with the award Wednesday, April 8.
Carl A. Pinkert, vice president for Research and Economic Development at the University, said recognition faculty members receive for their research is crucial.
“I think recognition of faculty members across all colleges and disciplines is very important to all of our university missions,” Pinkert said. “With President Bonner’s encouragement, this award program promises to raise awareness of the diversity and breadth of research efforts across our campus.”
The event, open to UA faculty, will be held in the Bryant Conference Center from 4 to 5:45 p.m.
Kim Bissell, associate dean for research and professor of journalism, is one of 13 faculty members selected for the award.
“Research is what informs what we do as teachers,” she said. “If I am teaching a graduate-level course in media effects or teaching a Ph.D. seminar in health communication, it seems appropriate that I be a scholar in that particular area. By doing research in a specific area, I am informed about the latest findings, the latest studies, etc., and that allows me to be a better instructor in the classroom.”
Individual colleges selected winners which, in addition to Bissell, include Caroline Boxmeyer, associate professor, psychiatry and behavioral medicine; Jason DeCaro, associate professor, anthropology; Jonathon Halbesleben, associate professor, management; Samantha Hansen, assistant professor, geological sciences; Julie A. Hill, associate professor, law; Yasmin Neggers, professor, human nutrition; Edward Sazonov, associate professor, electrical and computer engineering; Vincent Scalfani, science and engineering librarian; Marietta Stanton, professor, nursing; Rachel Stephens, assistant professor, art; Amy Traylor, assistant professor, social work; and John Vincent, professor, sport management.
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