Commonwealth Honors Outstanding Faculty

Posted: January 27, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has announced that two Mason faculty members are among the 12 being honored in the commonwealth’s annual award program.

The Outstanding Faculty Awards are the Commonwealth of Virginia’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. These awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service.

On Thursday, Feb. 19, higher education and business leaders will join legislators, SCHEV and sponsor Dominion in recognizing the 2009 award recipients during a special ceremony at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.

Michael Behrmann
Michael Behrmann
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Michael Behrmann, the Helen A. Kellar Professor of Special Education and director of the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, will receive the Teaching with Technology Award from SCHEV.

Behrmann 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.

Raja Parasuraman
Raja Parasuraman
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Raja Parasuraman, University Professor of Psychology, is a scientist of international prominence whose areas of specialization include cognitive neuroscience, human factors and neuroergonomics.

He has written 10 widely acclaimed books and 81 book chapters, and he has had 117 articles published in many of the most highly regarded journals. His research has been featured in many major media outlets.

He has 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. And in 2008 he received a Distinguished Service Award from the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his services.

He has worked to ensure that his scientific discoveries are accessible to the general public, policy-makers and industry designers.

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