MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will present its 2003 Distinguished Faculty Awards to Carol “Candy” Bays of English, David Cooper of philosophy and Kathleen Thompson of nursing.

After spending several years as an undergraduate in Tokyo, Japan, Bays majored in Japanese linguistics at the University of Michigan, where she earned her bachelorÂ’s degree. She later earned a masterÂ’s in English from North Texas State University and a doctorate in comparative literature from Wayne State University.

Bays joined the NMU faculty in 1976. She has maintained a global focus, looking for connections among cultures – in particular between East and West. She established and taught a first-year Japanese language course from 1986-1992. In recent years, her research has focused on pedagogy. Bays has presented several papers on the role of world literature in the undergraduate curriculum and has experimented with interdisciplinary course models at NMU.

Her teaching specialties include world literature: non-Western and Japanese; 19th and 20th century American literature; modernism; and critical thinking. She developed and regularly teaches an online world literature course and will conduct a workshop in Hong Kong this summer on teaching world literature online.

Cooper joined the NMU philosophy department in 1971. He earned his doctorate from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He specializes in applied ethics, social and political philosophy and philosophy of psychology.

He has taught many courses during his tenure, including normative and applied ethics, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of law, logic, the history of ancient and medieval philosophy and the history of modern philosophy. Cooper also devised an academic minor in ethics and puts his expertise to practical use as a member of the Student Faculty Judiciary.

He wrote a book titled Ethics for Professionals in a Multicultural World, which will be published by Prentice-Hall and will be available June 30. He is also working on an interactive CD that will be released in 2004. It is titled A Study in Practical Wisdom: Dictionary of PBSP Concepts with Philosophical Critique, Based on the Lectures of Albert Pesso.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Thompson joined the NMU nursing faculty in 1979 and has served as the assistant program director since 2001. She earned bachelorÂ’s and masterÂ’s degrees from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in nursing statistics and research methods from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  In addition to teaching, her professional background includes three years at St. Joseph Hospital in Ann Arbor as a staff nurse and later a charge nurse, and more recent experience as a staff nurse at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Md.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Thompson is conducting an ongoing research project that focuses on home health care and its impact on the cardiac health of clients. She is also being trained as a site visitor for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the professional accreditation organization of baccalaureate and higher programs. 

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The Distinguished Faculty Award recipients will be honored at an April 27 dinner and recognized at the Board of Trustees May 2 meeting and at commencement exercises May 3. Each receives a citation and $1,000.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director