Pictured are (from left): President Les Wong, Gwen Hetler, Neil Cumberlidge, Carolyn Lowe, Mary Jane Tremethick, Kia Richmond, Patricia Hogan and Provost Fred Joyal.


Faculty Honored

NMU faculty members were recognized for their teaching excellence, professional development activities and effective integration of computer technology at the Celebration of Scholarship Ceremony held on Dec. 7.


Recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Award were Gwen Hetler (Mathematics and Computer Science) and Mary Jane Tremethick (HPER). Hetler was commended for the support she provides at-risk students as a teacher of “090 and 100” classes, adviser to freshman probationary students and for her role as an unofficial mentor to adjunct faculty who teach similar classes. Tremethick was recognized for her dedication to serving populations in need of disease-prevention and health-promotion services and for sharing her enthusiasm for the community health educator profession with her students.


Neil Cumberlidge (Biology) and Kia Richmond (English) were honored with the Excellence in Professional Development Award, which is based on peer recognition of excellence in research and creative activities. Cumberlidge has developed an international reputation for his expertise in African and Madagascan freshwater crab biology. His work with freshwater crabs in human lung fluke disease and river blindness in Africa contributed to the development of control measures for these conditions. Cumberlidge has also worked with global agencies to identify the first crab species to be red-listed as endangered and earmarked for protection. Richmond has published 23 essays or book reviews and presented 20 papers or workshops in the last five years. She is also the new co-editor of the Language Arts Journal of Michigan and one of only two National Board Certified teachers in the Upper Peninsula. 


The TLC Faculty Award, which recognizes exemplary use of notebook computers in teaching, research and community service, was given to Patricia Hogan (HPER) and Carolyn Lowe (Education). Hogan has integrated the computer into her courses since the Teaching, Learning and Communication (TLC) initiative began. For a major project in HL 367, students use the computer as a tool to create and present a research-based program and evaluation plan that addresses a health issue of the student’s choice and promotes independent learning. Many of Hogan’s students have been invited to present projects at professional conferences. Lowe was among the first in the School of Education to offer courses with online components and utilize WebCT discussion forums. Her current courses introduce students to computer modeling, online resources and simulations, electronic probes and microscopes and Web design. Lowe has presented a number of papers and workshops devoted to utilizing technology in the classroom.


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