Four Faculty Members Nominated for Prestigious State Awards

Posted: December 18, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

George Mason recently nominated three faculty members for the Outstanding Faculty Awards, the Commonwealth’s highest honor for teaching faculty at Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. A fourth faculty member was the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Rising Star nominee.

John O’Connor, founding dean of New Century College; Anthony E. Kelly, professor and coordinator of instructional technology, Graduate School of Education; and Anthony J. Maiello, professor of music and director of instrumental studies, were the Outstanding Faculty nominees. Timothy Lee Born, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry and Biology, was the Rising Star nominee. In 2004, a total of 11 winners–including one Rising Star designee–will receive $4,000 each.

In 2003, Peter Denning, formerly of George Mason’s Department of Computer Science, was the recipient of one of these coveted awards, administered by SCHEV to recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, discovery, knowledge integration, research, and public service.

In addition to the state awards, 19 nominations have been received for George Mason’s Teaching Excellence Awards. There have been five nominations for the David King Award, an annual honor given to a faculty member who is an outstanding teacher and has made significant contributions to the overall educational excellence of the university. Nominees’ names are not released, but winners are announced in April. More than half the award nominations came from students.

O’Connor serves as a senior scholar at the American Association for Higher Education and works on issues of effective teaching and student success at George Mason and in the broader educational community. Since 1969, O’Connor, who received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, has served as a scholar, teacher, and leader at George Mason. He was codirector of the Instructional Development Office, codirector of Zero-Based Curriculum, director of the Johnson Center, and vice provost for Information Technology and Services. He received the 2003 David King teaching award.

O’Connor’s published works include Free, Adult, Uncensored, A Living History of the WPA Federal Theater Project; Learning Communities in Research Universities; Writing with PC-Write; and The Federal Theatre Project: A Catalog-calendar of Productions.

Kelly specializes in the psychology of learning. He has written 14 books, chapters, or monographs. He is coauthor of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) publication, Understanding the Brain, Toward a New Learning Science, which was also published in French and Spanish.

Kelly came to George Mason in 2000 from Rutgers University. He also served as a visiting professor at the University of California, Davis, in 1996, and as a program manager at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Kelly’s published works include technical reports for the OECD, NSF, and U.S. Office of Naval Research, and a book review. He has attracted more than $1.7 million in extramural funding, including a recent award to George Mason for $786,397. He has a Ph.D. in psychological studies in education from Stanford University.

Maiello has been on the faculty since 1986 after serving on the faculty at State University of New York, Potsdam, for 14 years. He holds an M.S. in music from Ithaca College. An internationally known conductor, Maiello has led bands and orchestras for numerous events, including the 1980 Olympics. He has been guest conductor for the United States Navy Band, Air Force Band, Army Band, and Naval Academy Band, and he is the conductor on a variety of classical and jazz recordings. Maiello is the coauthor of Conducting: A Hands-on Approach, The 21st Century Band Method, and author of Selected Works for Chamber Orchestra.

Born holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Mayo Graduate School and was a research associate at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine prior to coming to George Mason nearly three years ago. His research interests range from the characterization of enzyme reactions and analysis of potential antibacterial targets to protein expression profiling and proteomics of bacteria and human tissue. He is active in a number of externally funded projects, including George Mason’s $1.5 million project to investigate ways to protect United States armed forces against biological weapons.

The General Assembly and the governor created the award program in 1986 to recognize the finest among Virginia’s college faculty. Gov. Mark Warner will recognize the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award recipients on the floor of the House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia in mid-January 2004.

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