Six Nominees for SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards Announced

Posted: September 25, 2009 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: September 24, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Six Mason faculty members have been nominated for the 2010 State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Awards.

The awards are the commonwealth’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.

“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,” President Alan Merten wrote in his nomination letter to SCHEV.

According to SCHEV, recipients will be notified in late December or early January, and an awards presentation will be held in February or March 2010. At least 12 faculty members from colleges and universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia will be awarded.

Mason’s nominees are

Todd Kashdan (nominee for the early career Rising Star Award), assistant professor of psychology, earned his PhD in 2004 and joined Mason that same year. He has already published 77 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 44 as first author. He has written more than 10 book chapters, given more than 100 presentations at national and international conferences, and has written two books, including “Curious? Discovering the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life.”

Kevin Clark (nominee for the Teaching with Technology Outstanding Faculty Award), associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development, has worked as a designer and developer of educational software products and is the founding director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity.

Kenneth J. Hintz, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the field of syntactic pattern recognition and image and signal processing.

Jefferson Offutt, professor of computer science, was 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 that range from 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 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 written 113 peer-reviewed publications, including 81 co-written publications with his students. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation as well as a variety of software companies.

Margo Mastropieri, University Professor in the College of Education and Human Development, is a 2008 Teaching Excellence Award winner whose research examines the academic learning of students with mild disabilities. Mastropieri has received national honors for her research and service, including the 2006 Council for Exceptional Children Outstanding Researcher Award and the 2006 Service Award from the Division for Learning Disabilities (CEC). She has collaborated with her students as co-author on more than 75 of her 180 peer-reviewed journal articles, 23 of her 48 book chapters, and 70 presentations at local, state and national professional meetings. Mastropieri has produced 28 co-written and co-edited books and received over $5 million in external funding to support her teaching and discovery activities.

Carol Mattusch, Mathy Professor of Art History in the Department of History and Art History, has studied topics ranging from ancient bronze technology to the ancient art market to early modern travelers in the Mediterranean world. Two of her books have been awarded the top prizes for scholarly books in two different fields, the James R. Wiseman Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America (1997) and the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association (2006). Mattusch has a passion for and commitment to presenting her scholarly work to students and general audiences, doing so in a 1996 exhibit at the Harvard University Art Museums and in the 2008-09 exhibit at Washington’s National Gallery of Art.

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