Mason Announces Nominees for SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards

Posted: November 13, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Seven Mason faculty members have been nominated for the 2009 State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Awards.

According to SCHEV, recipients will be notified in late December or early January, and an awards presentation will be held in February or March 2009. At least 12 faculty members from colleges and universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia will be awarded.

Awards are “based upon nominees’ contributions to their students, academic disciplines, institutions and communities,” the SCHEV announcement states.

“Regardless of what happens with the awards process, it is a tremendous honor to be nominated,” says Kimberly Eby, associate provost for faculty development, who coordinated the nomination process.

“George Mason University is proud of these faculty members and the contributions they have made to our students and campus community, to Virginia, to their professional fields, and to the national and global conversations that have been informed by their commitment to higher education, scholarly pursuits and public service.”

  • Todd Kashdan is Mason’s nominee for the early
    Todd Kashdan
    Todd Kashdan

    career Rising Star Award. He earned his PhD and joined Mason in 2004. He has already published 65 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 38 as first author, including many of the eminent outlets in clinical, abnormal, social and personality psychology. He has written more than 10 book chapters, given more than 100 presentations at national and international conferences, and has two books forthcoming in 2009. To date, Kashdan has earned 17 awards and honors, including the 2006 Early Career Award from the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the 2007 Mason Emerging Researcher, Scholar and Creator Award.

  • Michael Behrmann is Mason’s nominee for the Teaching
    Michael Behrmann
    Michael Behrmann

    with Technology Outstanding Faculty Award. Behrmann is the Helen A. Kellar Professor of Special Education and director of the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities. He founded Mason’s Assistive Technology program, which is recognized as one of the oldest and most diverse programs in the country providing training to undergraduate and graduate students. He also developed four comprehensive award-winning technology products. In his nearly 30 years at Mason, he secured more than $40 million in external grants and contracts, $11 million in revenue-based projects, and $3.5 million in gifts for special education.

  • Deborah Boehm-Davis is a nominee for the Outstanding
    Deborah Boehm-Davis
    Deborah Boehm-Davis

    Faculty Award. A human factors psychologist, she has spent her career in a field that combines psychology and technology to optimize safety and productivity. A Mason University Professor, Boehm-Davis has received career achievement awards for her teaching, research and scholarship and service. Boehm-Davis ranks among the world’s leading researchers in “human-systems-integration,” particularly as applied to transportation systems, and has contributed significantly to the advancement of this field and the transfer of critical knowledge from the laboratory to decision-makers in the industrial and public policy communities.

  • Donald Gallehr is a nominee for the Outstanding Faculty
    Donald Gallehr
    Don Gallehr

    Award. Gallehr has been at Mason for more than 40 years and is a university Teaching Excellence Award winner. He also won the 2008 David J. King Award for significant and longstanding educational contributions to the university. Gallehr has helped develop numerous programs at Mason, including the undergraduate English major, undergraduate and graduate programs in creative writing, the undergraduate program in nonfiction writing and editing, the graduate program in the teaching of writing and literature and the Northern Virginia Writing Project. He has served as the director of the Virginia Writing Project for nearly 40 years; he secured more than $7 million to establish National Writing Project sites across the southeastern U.S.; and, during his years as codirector of the National Writing Project, he expanded the project from a handful of sites to a site in every state in the country. He successfully sought federal support for the National Writing Project that continues today. Gallehr’s research interests in the use of meditation and intuition in the development of writing abilities and in assessment have influenced generations of writing teachers.

  • Margo Mastropieri, University Professor in the College
    Margo Mastropieri
    Margo Mastropieri

    of Education and Human Development, is a nominee for the Outstanding Faculty Award. She is a Mason 2008 Teaching Excellence Award winner whose program of research examines the academic learning of students with mild disabilities. Mastropieri is an exceptionally productive scholar who has received national honors for her research and service on behalf of children with disabilities. She is also renowned for her collaborative mentorship and training of teacher-scholars. She has collaborated with her students as co-authors on more than 75 of her 176 peer reviewed journal articles, 20 of her 42 book chapters, and 70 presentations at local, state and national professional meetings. Mastropieri has produced 27 co-authored and co-edited books and received more than $5 million in external funding to support her teaching and discovery activities.

  • Jefferson Offutt is a nominee for the Outstanding
    Jeff Offutt
    Jeff Offutt

    Faculty Award. He was the first in the history of the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering to be promoted to full professor on the basis of excellence in both teaching and research. Offutt has created or completely redesigned 12 courses in response to both student needs and the software engineering industry; has led curricular development innovations and redesigns such as an undergraduate BS, a PhD concentration, a graduate certificate, a graduate MS and an undergraduate minor – all in software engineering; and has co-written a 2008 textbook, “Introduction to Software Testing,” that has already been adopted for more than two dozen graduate and undergraduate classes in North America and more than a dozen worldwide. Offutt has authored 113 peer-reviewed publications, including 81 co-authored publications with his students. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and a variety of software companies.

  • Raja Parasuraman is a scientist of international
    Raja Parasuraman
    Raja Parasuraman

    prominence whose areas of specialization include cognitive neuroscience, human factors and neuroergonomics. He is a Mason University Professor and a nominee for the Outstanding Faculty Award. He has authored 10 widely acclaimed books, written 81 book chapters and 117 articles in many of the most highly regarded journals, and received $6.5 million in external grant funding since joining Mason in 2004. In 2006, Parasuraman received the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Paul M. Fitts Education Award for his outstanding contributions to the education and training of human factors/ergonomics professionals. He has worked to ensure that his scientific discoveries are accessible to the general public, policy-makers and industry designers, and his research has been featured in many major media outlets. In 2008 he received a Distinguished Service award from the National Academy of Science in recognition of his services.

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