Dean's Distinguished Achievement Awards

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The Dean's Distinguished Achievement Awards recognizes, encourages, and rewards faculty, research scientists, and administrative and technical staff of the College of Geosciences who have made exemplary contributions to the teaching, research, and service missions of the College beyond the normal expectations of their positions.

Award recipients are selected based on their exemplary contributions to the teaching, research, and service missions of the College. These contributions exceed the normal expectations of their positions and commitment to job excellence, leadership, innovation, and initiative.

The Dean's Distinguished Achievement Awards include:

  • Faculty Excellence in Teaching (1 Award per year)
  • Faculty Excellence in Research (1 Award per year)
  • Faculty Excellence in Service (1 Award per year)
  • Exemplary Service Award (Research Scientist, Administrative or Technical Staff - 1-2 Awards per year)

    Additional Awards added in 2017:
  • Exemplary Leadership in Selfless Service (Faculty - 1 Award per year)
  • Exemplary Leadership as an Innovative Educator (Faculty - 1 Award per year)
  • Exemplary Leadership in Public Engagement (Faculty - 1 Award per year)

Criteria Information Submit a Nomination

Past Recipients of Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Awards

2021

  • Dr. Mark Everett - Public Engagement
  • Dr. Christina Wiederwohl - Innovative Educator
  • Mr. Brian Wiederwohl & Ms. Leah LeVay - Exemplary Staff
  • Dr. Julia Reece - Exemplary Achievements in Teaching
  • Dr. Andrew Klein - Exemplary Achievements in Service
  • Dr. Yangyang Xu - Exemplary Achievements in Research

2020

  • Ms. Carria Collins – Administrative Staff
  • Ms. Luz Romero – Technical Staff
  • Dr. Mark Everett – Faculty Service
  • Dr. Nick Perez – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Franco Marcantonio – Faculty Research

2019

  • Mrs. Judy Nunez – Administrative Staff
  • Mrs. Theresa Morrison – Administrative Staff
  • Dr. David Sparks – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Ryan Ewing – Faculty Research
  • Dr. Jessica Fitzsimmons – Faculty Service
  • Dr. William Lamb – Selfless Service

2018

  • Dr. Ben Geise – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Wendy Jepson – Faculty Research
  • Dr. Bobby Reece – Faculty Service
  • Dr. Ping Yang – Selfless Service
  • Dr. Jason Sylvan – Innovative Educator
  • Ms. Allison Harms – Administrative Staff
  • Ms. Suzanne Rosser – Administrative Staff

2017

  • Dr. Christina Wiederwohl – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Istvan Szunyogh – Faculty Research
  • Dr. Dave Sparks – Faculty Service
  • Mr. Mark McCann - Technical Staff
  • Ms. Michele Beal – Administrative Staff
  • Dr. Ron Kaiser – Innovative Educator
  • Dr. Andrew Klein – Selfless Service

2016

  • Dr. Andrew Klein – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Hongbin Zhan – Faculty Research
  • Ms. Kristine McRoberts – Technical Staff
  • Mr. Michael Cannon – Technical Staff

2015

  • Dr. Don Conlee – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. R. Saravanan – Faculty Research
  • Dr. Pamela Plotkin – Faculty Service
  • Ms. Maureen Reap – Administrative Staff
  • Ms. Cindie Powell – Administrative Staff

2014

  • Dr. Oliver Frauenfeld – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Shari Yvon-Lewis – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Robert Korty – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Ken Bowman – Faculty Research
  • Ms. Emily Dykes – Administrative Staff
  • Mr. Willie Flemings – Technical Staff

2013

  • Dr. Chris Houser – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Steven F. DiMarco – Faculty Research
  • Dr. Brendan Roark – Faculty Service
  • Dr. Vatche P. Tchakerian – Faculty Administrative
  • Ms. Barbara A. Bayer – Administrative Staff
  • Ms. Karen Riedel – Administrative Staff
  • Mr. David Lehnert – Technical Staff

2012

  • Dr. Kathleen O’Reilly – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Alejandro Orsi – Faculty Research
  • Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon – Faculty Service
  • Ms. Michele Beal – Administrative Staff
  • Dr. Sonia Garcia – Administrative Staff
  • Dr. Alexei Khalizov – Research Scientist

2011

  • Dr. Andrew Dessler – Faculty Research
  • Dr. John Wormuth – Faculty Teaching
  • Mr. David Fackler – Technical Staff
  • Ms. Lisa Reichert – Administrative Staff

2010

  • Dr. Andrew Hajash – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Benchun Duan – Faculty Research
  • Dr. Jose Sericano – Research Scientist
  • Mr. Tim Copple – Technical Staff
  • Mr. Matt Mefferd – Technical Staff
  • Ms. Carria Collins – Administrative Staff
  • Ms. Wendy Gamble – Administrative Staff

2009

  • Dr. Hongbin Zhan – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Lisa Campbell – Faculty Research
  • Dr. Leslie Bender – Research Scientist
  • Mr. Ryan Young – Technical Staff
  • Ms. Jennifer Rumford – Technical Staff
  • Ms. Roxanna Russell – Administrative Staff

2008

  • Dr. Courtney Schumacher – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Mark Everett – Faculty Research
  • Mr. Mark McCann – Technical Staff
  • Mr. Clayton Powell – Technical Staff
  • Ms. Sandra Dunham – Administrative Staff
  • Ms. Barbara Straube – Administrative Staff

2007

  • Dr. David Cairns – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Donald R. Collins – Faculty Research
  • Dr. Matthew K. Howard – Research Scientist
  • Ms. Margaret A. Foster – Administrative Staff
  • Ms. Rhonda Simmons-Fulton – Administrative Staff
  • Ms. Debra L. Stark – Administrative Staff

2006

  • Mr. Marion Alcorn – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Fuqing Zhang – Faculty Research
  • Dr. Ann Jochens – Research Scientist
  • Ms. Debra DeFreitas – Technical Staff
  • Mr. Steve Tran – Technical Staff
  • Ms. Cathy Bruton – Administrative Staff
  • Ms. Debra Schorm – Administrative Staff

2005

  • Dr. Niall Slowey – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Ethan Grossman – Faculty Research
  • Dr. Alex Orsi – Research Scientist
  • Mr. Desmond Rolf – Technical Staff
  • Mr. William Green – Technical Staff
  • Ms. Ann Klaus – Administrative Staff
  • Ms. Sandra Green – Administrative Staff

2004

  • Dr. Robert Popp – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Ping Yang – Faculty Research
  • Dr. Jose Sericano – Research Scientist
  • Dr. Michael Heaney – Technical Staff
  • Mr. Paul Clark – Technical Staff
  • Ms. Cathy Littleton – Administrative Staff
  • Dr. Jack Baldauf – Administrative Staff

2003

  • Dr. Bruce Herbert – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Will Sager – Faculty Research
  • Dr. Roger Sassen – Research Scientist
  • Mr. Robert Renzetti – Technical Staff
  • Mr. John Walpert – Technical Staff
  • Ms. Michele Beal – Administrative Staff

2002

  • Dr. Jay Pinckney – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. Renyi Zhang – Faculty Research
  • Dr. Norman Guinasso – Research Scientist
  • Ms. Debbie Paul – Administrative Staff
  • Mr. Van Chisholm – Administrative Staff
  • Dr. Ed Shaar – Administrative Staff
  • Dr. Robert Stickney – Administrative Staff
  • Ms. Margaret Hastedt – Technical Staff

2001

  • Dr. Steven Dorobek – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. George Jackson – Faculty Research
  • Dr. Terry Wade – Research Scientist
  • Ms. Gwendolyn Tennell – Administrative Staff
  • Ms. Constance Toon – Administrative Staff
  • Mr. Mark McCann – Technical Staff
  • Mr. David Lehnert – Technical Staff
  • Mr. Neil Smith – Technical Staff

2000

  • Dr. William Bryant – Faculty Teaching
  • Dr. David Wiltschko – Faculty Research
  • Dr. Chuck Kennicutt – Research Scientist
  • Ms. Amy Broussard – Staff Administration
  • Ms. Mary Gammon – Staff Administration
  • Mr. Jay Dennis Guffy – Staff Technical
  • Ms. Leslie Randolph – Staff Technical
  • Mr. Stephen Sweet – Staff Technical

1999

  • Dr. John Wormuth – Teaching
  • Dr. Jonathan Phillips – Research
  • Mr. Lloyd Morris – Technical Support
  • Ms. Kathy Lamarque – Staff Support

1998

  • Dr. Karl Koenig – Teaching
  • Dr. Ping Chang – Research
  • Mr. Jerry Guynes – Technical Support
  • Ms. Barbara Childers – Staff Support

1997

  • Dr. Aubrey Anderson – Teaching
  • Dr. Andy Kronenberg – Research
  • Dr. Ray Gullemette – Technical Support
  • Ms. Michele Beal – Staff Support

1996

  • Dr. Stefan Gartner – Teaching
  • Dr. Richard Carlson – Research
  • Ms. Sandy Drews – Staff Support