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IUP honors faculty, staff for academic excellence

by IUP News Service on April 26, 2013 11:00 AM

Faculty and staff members and graduate students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania were honored recently for contributions to academic excellence during the 19th annual Outstanding Achievement in Sponsored Programs and Excellence in Graduate Student Research awards program.

The program is sponsored by IUP’s School of Graduate Studies and Research and the IUP Research Institute.

The following faculty and staff members were honored:

  • Malinda Levis, executive director, Center for Health and Well-Being, award for Outstanding Achievement in Research
  • Richard Kemp, theater and dance department, New Investigator Award
  • Donald C. Gamble, director, Center for Career and Technical Personnel Preparation, award for Outstanding Achievement in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Steven Loar, director, Center for Turning and Furniture Design, award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Service
  • Robert Wilson, executive director, Institute for Mine Mapping, Archival Procedures and Safety, Graduate Dean’s Award for Outstanding Commitment to Sponsored Programs and the Sponsored Programs Award for the Outstanding Center, Institute or Program.

Each of the deans also honored an outstanding researcher from his or her college during the event. Award recipients were as follows:

  • James Rodger, management information systems and decision sciences department, Eberly College of Business and Information Technology
  • Jonathan Lewis, geoscience department, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • R. Scott Moore, history department, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Joseph Kovaleski, educational and school psychology department, College of Education and Educational Technology
  • Richard Kemp, theater and dance department, College of Fine Arts
  • Jin Su, human development and environmental studies department, College of Health and Human Services.

Levis is working on research to assess female students’ experiences with sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. She conducted similar studies in 2005 and 2008 that helped shape the development of the Haven Project, a comprehensive victim service, training and prevention program addressing campus sexual violence. She has been at IUP for 24 years.

Kemp is studying the use of video technology in theater performances and courses. His work is in collaboration with Slippery Rock University’s theater department and has been supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. He has been at IUP for nine years.

Now retired after 14 years as director of the Center for Career and Technical Personnel Preparation, Gamble worked with this comprehensive program that prepares teachers, support personnel and administrators of career and technical education in area schools. The center was established in 1978 and is one of three centers at state universities authorized to prepare career and technical educators in Pennsylvania.

Loar has been at IUP for eight years and has had continued success in securing funding for the Center for Turning and Furniture Design. The center has executed commissions to increase awareness of what has been described as “emotionally laden” wood from the Oak Grove and campus trees and has helped to recycle the wood through student designs for community benches.

Wilson directs the Institute for Mine Mapping, Archival Procedures and Safety, which focuses on developing knowledge and expertise concerning historical coal mine maps and initiating new mine safety protocols. It has recently expanded its database and mapping services to the Marcellus shale industry and has been contracted by the Marcellus Shale Coalition to provide training and support services for pre-drill water sampling efforts.

Rodger has written or co-written more than 50 journal articles on information technology, health care, operations, strategic management and decision-science-related topics. He has been a faculty member in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology for 13 years.

Lewis studies active and young deformation of the earth’s crust at the boundaries of tectonic plates in Costa Rica. He participated in a sub-seafloor drilling expedition on the Japanese vessel Chikyu in 2007 and published two papers from this work. He has been at IUP for nine years.

Moore has worked at several archaeological sites in Cyprus for the last 15 years and is considered an expert in the archaeology of the Hellenistic and Roman periods of the island. His work has involved more than 80 researchers from 15 institutions, including 21 IUP graduate and undergraduate students. He has been at IUP for 11 years.

Kovaleski’s research involves the development and study of initiatives that help school districts improve the academic proficiency and mental health of their students. He has written many articles for academic journals and national or state newsletters, and his first book is currently in press. He has been at IUP for almost 10 years.

Su has studied global textile and apparel chain management and presented her research at international conferences. She has also presented on such topics as consumer decision-making styles in the United States versus China, consumer styles among Chinese youth, female entrepreneurs in China’s fashion industry and preparing students for intercultural interaction. She has been at IUP for five years.

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