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Lafayette College recognizes standout faculty and administrators
Faculty, administrators, and Trustees gathered together for a special reception and awards ceremony to reflect on the incredible work done throughout the 2022-23 academic year and to congratulate colleagues for their accomplishments. President Nicole Hurd; Robert E. Sell ’84, chair of the Board of Trustees; and John Meier, provost, presented awards to the honorees. Commencement keynote speaker Beth Mowins ’89 also presented an award.
In 2023, we celebrate 25 years of service from:
The Fleck prize recognizes outstanding contributions to the campus community by members of the Lafayette administrative team.
Melissa Dalrymple, associate director of student involvement
President Hurd shared: “Melissa embodies Lafayette spirit and community. As a member of a student-facing office, Melissa’s role is to support students in establishing campuswide events and creating the foundation of some of Lafayette’s most student-celebrated traditions. On top of this, she integrates herself into as many committees as possible to support the student experience in general.”
This award is presented to an administrator or staff member who has provided a high level of service to the College, our alumni, or students over a substantial period of time.
Leslie Muhlfelder, vice president of human resources and general counsel
President Hurd shared: “Leslie is not only a caring person; she is also a smart and driven colleague and leader. She is passionate about Lafayette College, is thoughtful about advancing the mission of the College, and is known to support our students, alumni, faculty, and staff. She has mentored countless students and staff members. She is a true asset to Lafayette, with a record of serving beyond what is asked. Her dedication is endless, and she has worked diligently to make Lafayette the special place that it is.”
The Daniel H. Weiss Award for Leadership and Vision is presented annually to a Lafayette-related individual or group of individuals who have demonstrated leadership and vision.
Tracie Addy, associate dean of teaching and learning
President Hurd shared: “As associate dean of teaching and learning, Dr. Addy has made remarkable, mission-focused contributions to the campus. Highlights of her achievements include: creating the Inclusive Instructors Academy; supporting various communities of practice, including the visiting and adjunct faculty group at Lafayette and the LVAIC contingent faculty community of practice; and serving as a confidential resource for colleagues who seek to improve their teaching. Her co-authored book What Inclusive Instructors Do is valued among national conversations.”
Introduced in 2008, this award is presented annually to one or more employees from among the administration, support staff, or plant operations.
This honor is awarded to a full-time Athletics Department staff member who has demonstrated outstanding service to Lafayette College and our athletics program. This award is the highest honor the Maroon Club can bestow upon an athletics staff member.
Andrew Foster, senior associate athletic director for facilities and operations
Beth Mowins ’89 shared: “From setup to breakdown, Andrew has done it all for the Athletics Department. His steadfast commitment to the department’s excellence in facilities and operations has been instrumental in the growth of the department. His guidance has helped create a positive work environment for all staff while simultaneously managing multiple projects, sport programs, and serving on a number of different committees. Andrew provides strong leadership, and his contributions have been invaluable. The department is grateful to have Andrew on its team.”
This recognition goes to the five members of the faculty who have achieved the longest continuous service, without regard to rank.
The following eight faculty members have been promoted to associate professor with continuous tenure effective AY 2023-24.
In addition, the following members of the faculty have been promoted to the rank of professor, also effective at the start of the next academic year.
The John T. McCartney Excellence in Diversity Education Award went to Assistant Professor Carlos Tavares of anthropology and sociology.
The recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Engagement Pedagogy is Visiting Assistant Professor and soon-to-be Lecturer Tara Gilligan of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.
The Distinguished Leadership in Community-Based Teaching and Research Award went to Assistant Professor Andrew Clarke of government and law.
Melissa Galloway, associate professor, chemistry
Provost Meier shared: “Prof. Galloway has established a strong research program in atmospheric chemistry that involves Lafayette students. In fact, in the past two years, eight of her students have been co-authors on journal articles.”
Mónica Salas Landa, soon-to-be associate professor, anthropology and sociology
Provost Meier shared: “Prof. Salas Landa’s research is centered in the multidisciplinary field of Latin American studies, and in the subfields of political anthropology, historical anthropology, and visual anthropology. She effectively engages and challenges students to think more deeply about issues such as immigration, racism, and violence.”
Robert Kurt, professor, biology
Provost Meier shared: “Since Prof. Kurt’s arrival at Lafayette, he has been a PI or co-PI on seven external grants that brought in over $1.5 million, and has 46 peer-reviewed publications and 110 student co-authors.”
Dana Cuomo, assistant professor, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies
Provost Meier shared: “A feminist human geographer whose interdisciplinary research focuses on social injustices rooted in overlapping systems of oppression, Prof. Cuomo is particularly skilled at bringing theory to practice.”
Jennifer Kelly, associate professor, music
Provost Meier shared: “Prof. Kelly encourages deliberate risk-taking by her students and found ways to make choir possible, meaningful, and impactful during the COVID pandemic.”
Joseph Woo, soon-to-be associate professor, chemical and biomolecular engineering
Provost Meier shared: “He excels at experiential learning, deftly applies humor, and brings creative energy to the design of all of his courses. Prof. Woo earned the Aaron O. Hoff Superior Teaching Award in 2017.”
Hongxing Liu, assistant professor, economics
Provost Meier shared: “Hongxing not only talks the talk but also walks the walk. Her co-authors include natural scientists, social scientists, economists, and members of the College faculty. She has published seven articles in the past three years, along with a book chapter and conference proceedings article.”
Carlos Tavares, assistant professor, anthropology and sociology
Provost Meier shared: “Prof. Tavares goes above and beyond in mentoring students, providing them the support they need to succeed. Prof. Tavares is the faculty adviser to the Association of Black Collegians; he has been described as a caring, engaging teacher whose approach is characterized by flexibility, responsiveness, and commitment to creating inclusive learning environments; and his thesis students benefit from his mentorship while working with him and after graduation.”
Amauri Gutiérrez-Coto, associate professor, languages and literary studies
Provost Meier shared: “This award honors Ann V. McGillicuddy-DeLisi, a beloved member of the Lafayette faculty who had a tremendous impact on her students and colleagues. Prof. Gutiérrez-Coto is a wonderful selection as the first recipient of the McGillicuddy-DeLisi award. He has been very instrumental in the supporting and inviting of new students into the Spanish program, and he is a committed, enthusiastic, and passionate adviser in both formal and informal settings.”
Rebecca Kissane, professor, anthropology and sociology
Provost Meier shared: “Prof. Kissane has an extensive record of effective teaching and inspiring mentorship. Her thesis students praise her for her support and for helping them achieve goals they weren’t sure they could meet, and she also challenges, engages, and inspires her students in 35-person sections of Intro to Sociology.”
Mary Jo Lodge, professor, theater
Provost Meier shared: “Prof. Lodge exemplifies the teacher-scholar model. She published the co-edited volume Dueling Grounds: Revolution and Revelation in the Musical Hamilton with Oxford and has a new sole-edited volume, Milestones in Musical Theater, forthcoming from Routledge. Prof. Lodge received a Fulbright Lecturer/Researcher Award at the University of Roehampton. Colleagues have described Prof. Lodge’s scholarship as ‘field-defining work’ and ‘simply outstanding.’ Prof. Lodge’s wide range of ambitious and well-written scholarship constantly breaks new ground.”
This year’s Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award goes to four professors: Joaquín Gómez-Miñambres, economics; Chip Nataro, chemistry; Ryan Van Horn, chemical and biomolecular engineering; and Katherine Stafford, languages and literary studies.
Provost Meier shared:
The Board also is pleased each year to have the support of a number of alumni, students, and faculty associates who serve as members of the various Trustee committees.
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