Chancellor Patrick Gallagher has announced that Sean Garrett-Roe and Cindy Skrzycki are among the recipients of the 2017 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, Tony Novosel is among the recipients of the 2017 Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award, and Haitao Liu is among the recipients of the 2017 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award.
Novosel, an undergraduate advisor and senior lecturer in the Department of History, was recognized in the Public Service category. In his notification letter, the Chancellor cited Novosel's important impact on "communities and students in Northern Ireland and on the ongoing peace process. Through oral histories, presentations, writing, panel discussions, friendships, and mentorships you have had a powerful positive impact on political factions, communities, and students."
Garrett-Roe, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, was recognized in the Teaching category. The Chancellor remarked on Garrett-Roe's "ability to make a difficult subject come alive" for his students "which enhances their ability to fully engage with and retain the principles" he is teaching.
Skrzycki, a senior lecturer in the Department of English, was also recognized in the Teaching category. Chancellor Gallagher observed that, through Skrzycki's "commitment to experience-based learning and impact beyond the classroom, including diverse student internships with nationally recognized publications and organizations," she mentors and prepares students for careers in the midst of the digital transformation of journalism.
Liu, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, was recognized in the Research, Junior Scholar category. Chancellor Gallagher stated that Liu has demonstrated great potential as a scholar and has achieved international standing.
All of the Chancellor's Awardees will be publicly recognized during the 2017 Honors Convocation.