Four professors to be honored during Celebrating Excellence Ceremony

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Four Rowan University faculty members will be honored for their distinguished teaching, research, service to the University, and mentorship of students during the Celebrating Excellence Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 9, at 11 a.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center.

Four Rowan University faculty members will be honored for their distinguished teaching, research, service to the University, and mentorship of students during the Celebrating Excellence Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 9, at 11 a.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center.

A Rowan tradition each spring, the Celebrating Excellence Awards Ceremony includes the presentation of the following awards: the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award; the Faculty Research Achievement Award; the Joseph A. Barnes Award for Outstanding Service; and the Gary Hunter Excellence in Mentoring Award.

Computer Science Professor Jennifer S. Kay of Marlton will accept the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes a faculty member with an outstanding record of teaching and a sustained record of commitment to student learning.

Kay teaches courses across the curriculum—from general education and Honors courses for non-majors, to classes at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate computer science major. Kay regularly collaborates with students on research and also works with middle school students by leading Rowan’s FIRST LEGO League.

History Professor Q. Edward Wang of Cherry Hill is the recipient of the Faculty Research Achievement Award, which honors faculty members for their outstanding achievements in research activity.

Recognized internationally for his research in historiography—the study of how history is written—Wang is a noted scholar in the fields of historiography and cultural and intellectual history. He was a fellow of the prestigious Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Physics & Astronomy Professor David Klassen of Media, Pa. will receive the Barnes Award for Outstanding Service, which is presented to a faculty or professional staff member who has provided consistent, extraordinary and longstanding contributions to the University.

Klassen, who has served on the University Senate and multiple task forces, has taken leadership positions on ad hoc committees at the dean and University levels, including three General Education committees. Since 2005, he has used his organizational and technological talents in his work as associate chair of his department.

Marketing Professor Harold W. Lucius, a resident of Washington Township, will accept the Hunter Excellence in Mentoring Award, given to individuals who go to extraordinary lengths to mentor students.

One of the founders of the University’s Dr. Harley E. Flack Student Mentoring Program, Lucius has helped more than 2,000 students become academically and professionally successful in his 27 years at Rowan. Adviser to freshman and sophomore business majors, Lucius has mentees across the University and is involved with other mentoring organizations locally and statewide.

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