IU East Honors Convocation recognizes outstanding faculty

April 25, 2017 |

Indiana University East recognized several faculty during the Honors Convocation ceremony held April 20. Presented during the ceremony were the Trustee IU East Faculty Recognition awards.

Josh Tolbert
, assistant professor of special education, received the Progress Award for New Faculty. This award is given to faculty to acknowledge their contributions to teaching, research and service.

Shelly Burns, lecturer of nursing, received the Teaching Award for New Faculty. This award recognizes excellence in teaching by an untenured faculty member throughout their first four years at IU East.

Denise Bullock, associate professor of sociology, received the Helen Lees Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award was established in 1991.Professor Emeritus Lees passed away in 1992, but her spirit continues in this annual award to honor a full-time faculty member who has taught at least 10 semesters at IU East.

Duane Emerson Lundy, associate professor of psychology, received this year’s Excellence in Research Award. This award recognizes excellence in research and/or creative work by a full-time faculty member over a sustained period of time.

Natalia Rybas, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and associate professor of communication studies, is the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Service Award. This award recognizes distinguished service—campus, community or professional, either one-time or sustained, by a full-time faculty member above and beyond the standard expectations of any compensation or release time provided for the service.

The Boschmann Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, provided by Erwin and Priscilla Boschmann, recognizes faculty with a grant to support research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The award was presented in summer 2016 and recipients were Yu Kay Law, assistant professor of chemistry; Roberta Roswell, senior lecturer of mathematics; and Lee Zhong, assistant professor of economics and finance.