Faculty and staff receive awards

September 4, 2013

 Faculty and staff members at Bradley University were recognized yesterday for teaching excellence and extraordinary service to the University. The following awards were announced during the annual University Conference on campus.

Caterpillar Professorships

Caterpillar Professorships recognize and reward the highest level of scholarship among senior faculty who hold tenure and the rank of full professor. Their scholarly achievements, their influence on their colleagues, and their national contributions to the ongoing dialogue of their discipline make them exemplary teacher-scholars and deserving of the highest recognition awarded at Bradley. Recipients are selected after an extensive review process involving external peer evaluation and the deliberation of an internal advisory committee.

Dr. Claire Etaugh, Professor of Psychology and former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was recognized for the depth and breadth of her professional accomplishments and the commitment and energy she has shown throughout her nearly 50-year career at Bradley. She has published nearly 100 articles, all in refereed journals, coauthored three books, published nine chapters in edited books and co-edited a special edition of a journal. She has conducted collaborative research with dozens of students and 75 percent of all of her publications have had student co-authors. She served for 20 years as Dean of the College, served as Interim Provost and as co-chair of the North Central Association accreditation committee.

Dr. David Schmitt and Dr. Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez have been renewed as Caterpillar Professors.

Dr. Schmitt, Caterpillar Professor of Psychology, has made significant academic contributions since his appointment to this honor in 2008. He has developed two new courses: cross-cultural psychology and personality psychology, created online versions of multiple psychology courses and consistently receives superior instructor ratings. He also has published 23 journal articles and book chapters, given 23 conference presentations and continued service to the university and to his field of expertise.

Dr. Brill de Ramirez, Caterpillar Professor of English, also has significantly contributed to Bradley and to her academic field since her appointment to this honor in 2008. She pioneered a freshman composition course section focused on collegiate success, received funding to develop an online course that aids diverse student learning styles and wrote a forthcoming volume on college success. In addition, she has published the equivalent of 10 individual scholarly publications, plus one co-edited book collection, among many other writing, reviewing and editing responsibilities.

The First Year Faculty Award recipient is selected based on student evaluations, peer visitation, course innovation, and instructional improvement. Dr. Jihyun Kim, Assistant Professor of International Studies, was selected for the honor and was praised for her course preparation, her confidence, her knowledge, and her passion for the subject matter and the students in her class. She earned a B.A. in International Studies from Old Dominion University and an M.A. in International Affairs from American University before completing a doctorate in Political Science from the University of South Carolina.

Presidential Appreciation Awards

This award honors those who have gone far above the norm in their contributions to the University.

Dr. John Orfe, Assistant Professor of Music, a pianist, composer and arranger, has had his music performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Dinosaur Annex and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. He has performed across the U.S., Asia, Europe and in Central and South America. His music has been heard in such venues as the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C., Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Mandel Hall in Minneapolis, the World Financial Center in New York, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Hertz Hall in Berkeley, and Carnegie Hall. He was recognized as a source of inspiration both in the classroom and in the community.

Mr. David Trillizio, Director of Orientation and Advisement, oversees summer orientation, a program vital to the successful acclimation of freshmen to the campus. He also teaches EHS 120, the university experience course for freshmen and transfer students. He was recognized for consistently providing exceptional customer service and running an excellent program. Originally from Buffalo, New York, he worked as the coordinator of orientation and advisement at Buffalo State College before joining Bradley’s staff in 2000.

Dr. Craig Cady, Associate Professor of Biology, has earned accolades and international attention for his cutting-edge research in neurophysiology and endocrinology. He collaborates with researchers around the world, but also collaborates with students on campus, in the classroom, in supervised research, with thesis oversight and with his academic advising duties. He has successfully applied for many grants to support his groundbreaking work. He was recognized for his dedication, his innovation, his intelligence and his heart.

2013 Outstanding Academic Advisor

Dr. Krishnanand Maillacheruvu from the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction was recognized as the 2013 outstanding academic advisor of the year. He was acknowledged for being methodical, well prepared, and connecting well with students and was praised for his clarity, thoroughness, follow-through and accessibility.