Kunihiko Taira

Kunihiko Taira selected for ONR Young Investigator Program


Kunihiko Taira, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been selected for the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program for fiscal year 2016.

James Kimbrell

James Kimbrell named Guggenheim Fellow


James Kimbrell, professor of Creative Writing, has been named as a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry.

This award is also listed by the National Research Council as a Highly Prestigious award. 

Robert Reardon

Robert Reardon and student receive Outstanding Scholar Award


Robert Reardon, professor emeritus, and doctoral student, Mary-Catherine McClain, have received the 2015 Outstanding Scholar Award from The Professional Counselor for their manuscript, "The U.S.

Ruby Lee

Ruby Lee awarded Fulbright Chair


Dr. Ruby Lee has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair award. Dr. Lee is currently Associate Professor of Marketing and will become Professor of Marketing in effect August 2016.  She is also Director of Master of Science in Marketing Program and Director of International Programs at the College of Business. 

The Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards comprise approximately forty distinguished lecturing, distinguished research and distinguished lecturing/research awards ranging from three to 12 months. Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.

Dr. Lee's project is titled, Is Frugal Innovation a Solution for Nordic Firms to Maintain their Global Competitiveness? She had the following to say about her project and this prestigious award:

"In recent years, more firms have become aware of resource-constrained environments that we are facing. Natural resources such as wood, minerals, and water are growing more expensive and scarce. Firms are feeling a mounting pressure to “do more and better with less.” The term “frugal innovation” is a result of such rising worry of resource-constrained environments and the global concern of the bottom of the pyramid. Interestingly, although Nordic nations are known for their innovativeness and outbound focuses, we know little about how Nordic firms react to the climbing trend of frugal innovation.

This distinguished chair award will allow me to travel to Finland, where I will spend seven months at Hanken School of Economics interviewing managers of various companies there and collecting data.

The Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair award will enable me to broaden my understanding of firms from different economic regions in terms of their strategic choices in forming alliances and the factors behind the formation of alliances with firms from emerging economics as opposed to developed economies for frugal innovation.

I believe that to be a well round scholar in business, living and working in Finland will provide valuable opportunities for me to develop research questions and teaching materials from a fresh and novel perspective."

Carolyn Herrington

Carolyn Herrington elected Fellow of AERA


Carolyn Herrington, Professor of Educational Policy and Director of the Educational Policy Center, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

More information on this year's fellows may be found on the AERA website.

Donald Compton

Donald Compton elected Fellow of AERA


Donald L. Compton, Professor of Psychology and Education and Associate Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research, has been elected Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

Dr. Compton had the following to say about his election:

"The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. The purpose of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellows Program is to honor education researchers with substantial research accomplishments, to convey the Association’s commitment to excellence in research, and to enable the next generation of emerging scholars to appreciate the value of sustained achievements in research and the breadth of scholarship worthy of recognition. The program is intended to recognize excellence in research and be inclusive of the scholarship that constitutes and enriches education research as an interdisciplinary field. Fellows are nominated by their peers, selected and recommended by the Fellows Committee, and approved by the AERA Council, the Association’s elected governing group. I am honored to be selected as an AERA Fellow."

More information on this year's fellows may be found on the AERA website.

Kevin Fenton

Kevin Fenton named Fulbright Specialist


Kevin Fenton, professor of Music, has been named a Fulbright Specialist. Dr. Fenton will be working on his project, creating choral conducting curriculum, at the Kenya Conservatoire of Music. According to the proposal filed with CIES, "The purpose of this project is to develop a choral conducting curriculum that will enhance the choral activities in Kenya and will provide students with requisite skills for advanced study in choral conducting in the United States. There is a strong and rich history of singing throughout Kenya, which has been celebrated and enhanced by the work of the Kenya Conservatory of Music. As we plan for the future, we would like to address the growing interest in the study of the choral music of the United States. Because the vocal and rehearsal techniques required for the singing of anthems, spirituals and oratorios is different than the techniques used in Kenya, it is important to develop a curriculum that will provide students the tools needed to have positive experiences when singing music from the United States. Kevin Fenton has developed a sequential choral conducting curriculum that is effective for beginning through advanced conducting students and many of his students have gone on to be conducting teachers throughout the United States. The development of a choral conducting curriculum and the training of curriculum facilitators will provide a foundation that will allow future conservatory students to conduct high quality performances of choral music from the United States and will help prepare them for advanced study in choral conducting. Because Dr. Fenton has experience teaching beginning and advanced conducting and is a faculty member at an institution that grants terminal degrees in Choral Music Education and Choral Conducting, and because he is a leader in the American Choral Directors Association, he has knowledge of what is expected for advance study. in choral conducting in the United States."

AGU Honors Ceremony


Photographs taken during the American Geophysical Union's Honors Ceremony are now available. 

Rebecca Miles

Rebecca Miles awarded Fulbright


Rebecca Miles, professor in Urban & Regional Planning, has been awarded a Fulbright to India.

Fulbright Workshop


Fulbright Scholar Awards Workshop

Guest Speaker: Dr. Andres Riess
Assistant Director, Outreach, Fulbright Scholar Program
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
Institute of International Education (IIE)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
9:30am – 10:30am; 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House (HSF) 3008

One-on-one consultations with Dr. Riess will be available. He has times available in the morning and afternoon. Times are on a first come, first served basis. You can schedule a time at the following doodle: http://doodle.com/poll/54z58ga58t97yss7.

For more information, please contact
Dr. Jacquelin W. Cocke
Interim Director, Office of Faculty Recognition
Fax: 850.645.8403