MARQUETTE -- Several Northern Michigan University faculty members were recognized for their achievements both in and out of the classroom at the Celebration of Scholarship Ceremony held Dec. 8.
Recipients of the Excellence in Professional Development Award, a new distinction that emphasizes research and creative activities, are: David Prychitko, economics, a leading representative of the Austrian School of Economics; Neil Russell, physics, who has maintained an outstanding record of theoretical physics research while also teaching the standard course load and performing outreach duties; Kerri Schuiling, nursing, an internationally recognized expert in the area of comfort and pain during childbirth who recently co-authored a textbook; Marek Haltof, English, who has become a world authority on film studies, particularly Eastern European and Australian national cinema; and Phillip Watts of the health, physical education and recreation department, a world expert in the physiological aspects of both sport rock climbing and cross country skiing.
The NMU Excellence in Teaching Award recipients are: Kathleen Heikkila, education, who was recognized for her ability to make course content meaningful and relevant while pushing her students to reach for greater goals; and Laura Soldner, English, a learning skills specialist who is known for gaining the trust and respect of her students.
Sandra Poindexter (Business) was given the TLC Faculty Award for 2005-06. She was recognized for implementing notebook computers into her courses and using university-related technology projects to enhance student learning.