Professors saluted at Commencement

David SchmitzRobert Y. Fluno Award for Distinguished Teaching in Social Sciences
David Schmitz, Robert Skotheim Chair of History

In nominating Schmitz, a faculty member wrote: “David has taught some amazing courses since he has been here, from his highly praised course on Vietnam, numerous courses in the history of the United States and its role in the world, classes in historical methodologies to student favorites like the history of rock ’n’ roll. He has involved numerous students in his own research. He is an excellent, innovative and
no-nonsense teacher.” Schmitz joined the faculty
in 1985.

Jean Carwile MastellerThomas D. Howells Award for Distinguished Teaching in Humanities
Jean Carwile Masteller, professor of English

In nominating Carwile Masteller, a faculty member wrote: “Jean adopts new technology and constantly reworks her courses.” Another faculty member said: “Jean is a tireless and dedicated adviser, and a hard worker who has had an inestimable effect on her students.” Carwile Masteller joined the faculty in 1978.

Robert Fontenot A.E. Lange Award for Distinguished Science Teaching
Robert Fontenot, professor of mathematics

In nominating Fontenot, a student wrote, “I was impressed by his energy, passion, humor and determination. He is not content to simply lecture us, instead he strives to teach us how to learn for ourselves and then present our finding to the class. I had heard people say that math was beautiful but have only recently realized after taking his courses just how deep and how elegant mathematics can be.” Fontenot joined the faculty in 1975.

Allison CalhounGeorge Ball Award for Excellence in Advising
Allison Calhoun, associate professor of chemistry

In nominating Calhoun, a student wrote: “She genuinely cares about how I am doing, not just in classes but as a person. In the classroom, in the research lab and outside of class, Allison Calhoun is incredibly inspiring and is a fantastic mentor.” Calhoun joined the faculty in 2002.

Robert TobinEdwards Award for Excellence in the Integration of Teaching and Scholarship
Robert Tobin, Cushing Eells Professor of Humanities

In nominating Tobin, a faculty member said: “Bob has been exemplary in his successful pursuit of curricular innovations, his involvement in collaborative research and his mentorship of students in German studies and gender studies. He has been a model scholar and teacher for both students and colleagues alike.” Tobin joined the faculty in 1989.

Deborah WieseSuzanne L. Martin Award for Excellence in Mentoring
Deborah Wiese, assistant professor of psychology

In nominating Wiese, a student wrote: “Because of Dr. Wiese, I had the opportunity to attend and present at two psychology conferences, I am able to graduate this year, and I have been accepted in a graduate program. ... (Wiese) relates to students of different backgrounds because she creates the perspective of cultural awareness and sensitivity that applies to everything she does.” Wiese joined the faculty in 2005.