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Faculty to Receive Awards at Commencement
The four faculty award winners are listed below in alphabetical order. (Note: The students and alumnus who will be honored at Commencement will be announced in Friday's issue of UNotes Daily.)
Walter Banzhaf, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, will receive the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for Sustained Service to the University. Banzhaf has been a member of the Faculty Senate for 19 years – 16 of them on the Senate’s Executive Committee – and he has served both as chair and vice chair of the organization. He has been a member of and has chaired the Faculty Senate’s Professional Standards Committee, the Academic Standards and Procedures Committee, and the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. He also has made significant improvements to the Faculty Policy Manual with particular focus on contract, ranks and titles, and on tenure-track and grievance procedures. Banzhaf also has served on the University’s Board of Regents.
Charles R. Canedy III, associate professor of marketing in the Barney School of Business, will receive the Donald W. Davis All-University Curriculum Award. Canedy has designed and taught AUC courses since the program began in 1987, and his wide-ranging knowledge of business, history, philosophy, and other subjects embodies the multi-disciplinary nature of the program. In 1985 Canedy designed, with a grant from the Mellon Foundation, a course called “The Dynamics and Environment of the World of Business.” He has taught this AUC course every year since then. For the past 10 years, he has also taught, as part of the AUC program, a course entitled “Discovering America: American Civilization, 1945 to the Present.”
Warren Goldstein, professor of history and chair of the history department, College of Arts and Sciences, will be presented with the James E. and Frances W. Bent Award for Scholarly and/or Artistic Creativity. Goldstein is a nationally recognized scholar and author whose latest book, William Sloane Coffin, Jr.: A Holy Impatience (2004), drew widespread praise from reviewers. He also is the author of Playing for Keeps: A History of Early Baseball (1989) and A Brief History of American Sports (1993). Goldstein has been awarded research grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Louisville Institute. His reviews, essays, and commentaries have appeared in a wide range of publications, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Newsday, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Nation.
Laura Pence, associate professor of chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, will receive the Roy E. Larsen Award for Excellence in Teaching. Through her lively and engaging teaching style, Pence makes chemistry a compelling and relevant subject for science majors and non-majors alike. Well respected for her rigorous teaching, writing, and research standards, Pence also is known for her exceptional dedication to mentoring students. She receives especially high marks from her colleagues and students for her mentoring of students who are working on their honors theses. “Dr. Pence doesn’t just get you where you want to go,” said one former student. “She takes you further than you ever knew was possible.”