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President’s Special Recognition Awards

There are three President’s Special Recognition Awards this year. The first goes to a professor who initially came to Santa Clara in 1985. He was promoted to full professor earlier this year. He is recognized as an excellent teacher in his courses on writing, theories of modern grammar, and American literature. He is an acknowledged expert on the poetry of Robinson Jeffers. – Terry Beers (English).

The next President’s Special Recognition Award goes to a professor who came to Santa Clara in 1989. Promoted to full professor in 2001, he also serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the School of Engineering. His teaching has earned consistently high evaluations and he continues to break new ground in his scholarship - Nam Ling (computer engineering).

The final President’s Special Recognition Award goes to a professor who came to Santa Clara in 1975 and was promoted to full professor in 1982. She is recognized for her teaching, scholarship, and service. Since 2001 she has served the University and the Law School with distinction as director of the community law center. She received well deserved recognition last year when she received the 2004 Bay Area Woman of Distinction award from Women and Law. – Cynthia Mertens (law).

Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence

The Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence was established by the Brutocao family to honor those teachers who have made a difference in students’ lives by challenging their students in diverse ways and who have exerted a major influence over their intellectual and moral development. In short, teachers who have made an imprint on students that is felt years after graduation. For this award, Santa Clara’s highest teaching award, nominations are solicited not from faculty, but from students and alumni. The Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence this year is presented to a professor nominated by thirteen students and alumni. The winner of the Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence is Marilyn Fernandez (sociology).

Brutocao Award for Curriculum Innovation

The Brutocao Award for Curriculum Innovation honors faculty who have brought to the classroom new approaches to teaching and to learning and whose ideas and innovations can be applied by colleagues in their teaching. The Brutocao Award for Curriculum Innovation this year is presented to a professor who developed a set of innovative courses for undergraduates in cryptography. Cryptography involves encoding and decoding to keep secret things secret. Its uses span online credit card purchases to national security issues. Traditionally cryptography was taught only in graduate departments. The Brutocao Award for Curriculum Innovation goes to Ed Schaefer (mathematics).

Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship

The Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship recognizes a tenured faculty member or senior lecturer whose scholarly or creative work over the previous five years of teaching at Santa Clara University represents a major contribution to a field of knowledge or to the arts. The recipient of the University Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship has been extraordinarily prolific during the past five years. He has co-edited, edited, or authored five books. He has written numerous book chapters and published more than 40 articles in professional journals. The recipient of the Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship is Tom Plante (psychology).

Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship  

The Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship is the University’s highest award for scholarly achievement. Its purpose is to recognize the outstanding achievements of a faculty member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in scholarly or creative work and who has been a member of the faculty of Santa Clara University for a minimum of ten years. The faculty member receiving the Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship has been at Santa Clara since 1965. In his four decades at the University he has published a large body of significant scholarly work. This includes 26 articles, four books and five edited volumes. He is highly respected in his discipline as an innovative and integrative thinker. Reviewers have commended him for his “daring” and “synthetic” revitalization of medieval metaphysics. The recipient of the Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship is James Felt, S.J., (philosophy).

2005-2006 Faculty Senate Professor Award  

The 2005-2006 Faculty Senate Professor Award recipient is Tim Healy (electrical engineering). The Faculty Senate Professor Award recognizes the outstanding professional achievement of a faculty member who has contributed significantly to the life of the university, for at least 15 years, through teaching, scholarship, and service. First awarded in 1990, there have been 15 distinguished recipients. Tim Healy has led the academic life which characterizes the ideal Santa Clara professor: a scholar, a teacher, and a truly good human being.

Dr. David E. Logothetti Teaching Award  

This award was presented by Associate Dean, Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., on behalf of 2004 honoree, Victor Vari (modern languages and literatures), to Kathleen Maxwell (art and art history). This award is in recognition of having established among colleagues and students a well-deserved reputation for an energetic, engaging, and effective teaching style, and having demonstrated the ability to motivate other teachers and learners.

Professor Joseph Bayma, S.J., Scholarship Award 

This award was presented by 2004 honorees, Rose Marie Beebe, (modern languages and literatures) and Robert Senkewicz (history) to Robert Numan (psychology). This award is in recognition of having established among colleagues and students a well-deserved reputation for productive, meaningful, and rigorous scholarly or creative work, and for having demonstrated the ability to motivate other scholars or artists, teachers, and learners.

Dr. John B. Drahmann Advising Award  

This award was presented by 2004 honoree, Barbara Murray (theatre and dance) to Charles Powers (anthropology and sociology). This award is in recognition of having established among colleagues and students a well-deserved reputation for extraordinary dedication to student welfare thorough wise, informed, effective, and caring counsel, and having demonstrated the ability to motivate other teachers and learners.

Public Intellectual Award  

This award was presented by 2001 honoree David Pinault, (religious studies), to Francisco Jiménez (modern languages and literatures). This award recognizes the effective, far-reaching, and timely use of scholarly expertise to address issues of major public concern in a way that promotes reasoned analysis and humane understanding. (This award is not annual, but rather given on an appropriate occasion.)

The Bernard Hubbard, S.J., Creative Collaboration Award 

This is a new award and was presented by College of Arts and Sciences’ Dean W. Atom Yee to Michael Carrasco (chemistry). This award is in recognition having established a well-deserved reputation for excellence in educating students by including them in professional research projects or creative activity, thereby transcending traditional teaching models to reach the heart of the research and creative process and, in this collaboration, for having inspired other scholars and artists.

Nancy Keil Service Excellence Award  

This award was presented by 2004 honoree, Vicky Gonzalez (religious studies) to Anne Farrell (chemistry). This award is in recognition of having established a well-deserved reputation for sustained excellence and initiative in providing technical or administrative support service, and for consistently approaching one’s responsibilities with a professionalism that demonstrates dedication to the welfare of students and others and that leads by example.

 

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