Celebrating the faculty

成人视频College held its annual Faculty Awards Ceremony and celebrated five faculty members for their teaching, research and service.

成人视频College鈥檚 faculty are intense, passionate, innovative and determined. They challenge their students to think deeply and examine critically. The College鈥檚 faculty celebrated their own at the Faculty Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 6, to laud key faculty鈥檚 intellectual achievements.

鈥淭he annual Faculty Awards Ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate faculty research, teaching and service,鈥 said Provost Lisa Sullivan. 鈥淭he 成人视频College faculty is truly inspirational, and I was delighted to share in recognizing this year鈥檚 honorees!鈥

Preston H. Smith II, Class of 1926 Professor of Politics, was awarded the 成人视频College Faculty Award for Teaching for his achievements in the classroom and in independent work with 成人视频College students. Students describe learning with him using endless superlatives and expressing gratitude: 鈥淎 great, balanced and clear instructor鈥; 鈥淎 course with very insightful critiques that helped me think differently about our society and its problems鈥; 鈥淎 very engaging and challenging鈥 course with 鈥渃lose readings of the assignments鈥; 鈥淗e is intense! He asked really good questions and strengthened my argumentation skills鈥; 鈥淭his is one of those courses where what you learn is specifics about a particular case 鈥 [and he highlights] themes that can be applied more broadly.鈥

Morena Svaldi, senior lecturer in Italian, was also awarded the 成人视频College Faculty Award for Teaching. Her classroom is a place for learning, a place for joy and a safe place to build a long-lasting community. Generations of 成人视频students have praised Morena as 鈥渆xtremely clear,鈥 鈥渆xtremely respectful,鈥 鈥渁lways attentive,鈥 鈥渧ery patient鈥 and 鈥渆ncouraging and supportive,鈥 while also always stressing how hard they worked. In the words of another student: 鈥淭he material was difficult at times, but Morena鈥檚 teaching style made it easier to learn.鈥

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Patricia Brennan was awarded the Meribeth E. Cameron Faculty Award for Scholarship. Her work can be shocking, as it encourages us to candidly consider and discuss genitalia. As an evolutionary morphologist, she investigates the diverse genitalia of animals to understand their function and what that function can tell us about the lifestyles of the animals and about animal evolution writ large. She has been recognized as one of the world鈥檚 most distinguished scientists, being named a AAAS fellow in 2022 and receiving the highly prestigious NSF CAREER award in 2021. Brennan brings many 成人视频students along this incredible research path with her, having mentored 42 students in independent research and supervised 10 theses so far.

Professor of Sociology Patricia Banks was also awarded the Meribeth E. Cameron Faculty Award for Scholarship. Widely recognized as a leading voice in cultural sociology, Banks has produced research at an impressive pace. She is the author of four books, beginning with her first, 鈥,鈥 published in 2010. She currently serves as the co-editor of the journal Poetics, one of the highest-rated journals for cultural sociology, in addition to serving on multiple advisory boards and professional association committees. In recognition of her work, Banks has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a residential fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford University in 2018 and a residential fellowship at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University in 2009, as well as grants from institutions such as the UNCF/Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the American Association of University Women. Her most recent book, 鈥,鈥 won the 2023 American Sociological Association Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award from the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, as well as a Gold Medal Axiom Business Book Award and a Bronze Medal Independent Publisher Book Award.

Eva Paus, professor of economics on the Ford Foundation, was awarded the inaugural 成人视频College Faculty Award for Service. Paus served as the founding co-director of the Weissman Center for Leadership and the inaugural Carol Hoffman Collins director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. Paus has connected scholars and practitioners from around the world with the College. She advocated for embedding experiential learning throughout the curriculum, creating research and internship opportunities for students to connect classroom learning and study abroad with local community-based projects. Notably, Paus set up the College鈥檚 signature BA/MA Program with the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

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