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End of the Year Awards - Faculty & Staff Campus Awards

President's Award for Outstanding Service

  Michael Mullins

This award is to recognize active or retired faculty or staff members who have performed exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units. Recipients of this award have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University and those of us who study, teach, and work here. Mike joined the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures as a German Instructor in the Fall of 2001. He earned his Master's of Education degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He has been an extremely active member of the UMD campus, serving on numerous (far too many to mention) campus and collegiate committees, as well as the current legislative liaison for the faculty union.

Chancellor’s Faculty Advisor Award

  Elizabeth Nelson
This award is given each year to one faculty member from each college for advising excellence and outstanding service to their students.

This award is given each year to one faculty member from each college for advising excellence and outstanding service to their students. Dr. Nelson's advising techniques focus on accountability and high expectations for students. She is fair, consistent, and dependable. Students can expect clear and reliable information from her. However, when she is uncertain about a policy or procedure she relies on UMD resources. A CLA professional advisor writes, "I truly appreciate when a faculty advisor knows their limitations and reaches out to other resources. Guessing and assuming are not part of Dr. Nelson’s character. She truly is a remarkable example of a wonderful faculty advisor. She understands what students expect her to know and also assist them through the many avenues of the UMD catalog."

Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Public Service

Susan Perala-Dewey
This award honors faculty who have demonstrated extraordinary and sustained commitment to public service and community engagement. This award will recognize faculty who have demonstrated an integration of civic and community engagement in their teaching; shown leadership in advancing students’ civic learning; conducted community-based research; fostered community partnerships; promoted the scholarship of engagement among his/her colleagues; or made contributions to positive change on issues of public concern.

Susan received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Master of Arts in English from the University of Minnesota Duluth where she now teaches in the Department of Writing Studies. She facilitates professional development for area teachers through UMD’s College in the Schools program and for the Lake Superior Writing Project, a satellite of the Minnesota Writing Project. She currently serves on her department’s Undergraduate Committee; CLA’s Change Team; and CLA’s Strategic Planning Committee. Her poetry has been published in The Talking Stick, Dust and Fire, and the Wisconsin Poetry Calendar. Susan is a proud member of the Holocaust Educators Network and currently studies and practices non-violent communication.

Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award

Linda LeGarde Grover  
The Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar award is given annually to a faculty member of the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Fine Arts who has been teaching undergraduates at the University of Minnesota Duluth for a minimum of ten years, including the current academic year.

The award is given to a person who has excelled in an exceptional and effective manner in bringing into the classroom a teaching style that emphasizes to undergraduates the worth of research in a learned discipline and the maturing impact scholarly activity has on the development of human attitudes and values. The recipient of the award also must have achieved scholarly distinction as evidenced by a substantial record of scholarly productivity/creativity.

A former student of Dr. Grover writes, “In my first semester at UMD I took Professor Grover’s course American Indians in the 20th Century. In this course she presented material on various aspects of American Indians such as: boarding schools and assimilation, treaty and land issues, the Dawes Act, and also reservation structure…Professor Grover presented the material in a way that inspired learning.”

Dean Maher writes, “Dr. Grover’s peer-reviewed publications run the gamut from regional to national journals. She is also a local talent, contributing generously to her community. The series of essays and stories that she has shared with the Duluth News Tribune and The Budgeteer have made hers a familiar voice in the community. Dr. Grover finds her inspiration in her Anishinaabe community’s experience, history, culture, in her family’s roots in the landscape, and in the larger trajectory and context of human life. These qualities in her writing have elevated her fiction and scholarship and expanded her audience and scholarly peer group outside the upper Midwest. At this point in her career, Dr. Grover is a nationally recognized literary figure.”

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