Andison, Barlow Awards Recognize Faculty Excellence
Excellent teaching has been rewarded at Alma College.
Eric Calhoun and Kay Grimnes are the 2013 recipients of the Andison Awards for Excellence in Teaching, while Liping Bu and Dave Zerbe have received this year’s Barlow Awards for Faculty Excellence.
The Andison Awards, supported by a gift from Thomas Andison, recognizes excellence in teaching through pedagogical innovation, creative activities with students, and superior teaching. Faculty members nominate their colleagues for the award, and the president selects the recipients, who each receive a $1,000 cash grant.
Calhoun, assistant professor of biology, joined the Alma faculty in 2008. He was nominated for his classroom leadership skills and his interactions with students.
“Eric has demonstrated significant scholarly and creative activities with undergraduate students in his laboratory,” wrote his nominator. “Every summer he has a number of research students working with him on cancer research. I have been very impressed with the way he leads his students to hone their investigative skills.”
Calhoun has research interests in cancer genetics and molecular biology and teaches classes on cellular biology, genetics, principles of cancer biology, molecular techniques and molecular genetics. He has a doctorate in tumor biology from The Mayo Clinic Graduate School in Rochester, Minn.
Grimnes, professor of biology, has taught at Alma College since 1986. Her nominator praised her teaching ability and her efforts in helping students achieve academic success.
“Dr. Grimnes is an extraordinary teacher who has an uncanny ability to teach science in creative ways that engage students and help them care about they learn,” wrote her nominator. “She has consistently demonstrated outstanding teaching in her years at Alma.”
Grimnes has research interests in insect reproduction and experimental teaching techniques and teaches courses in general and developmental biology and immunology. She also teaches academic success skills to students and writes haiku poetry. She has a doctorate in developmental genetics and insect physiology from Michigan State University.
The Barlow Awards for Faculty Excellence
The Barlow Awards, first presented in 1982, recognize faculty members for excellence in teaching, scholarly or creative work, and college and community service. Recipients receive $1,000 cash grants.
Recipients are nominated by faculty, administrators, alumni and student Barlow Trophy nominees and reviewed by the Faculty Personnel and the Barlow Award committees. The president selects the awardees.
Bu, professor of history, was nominated for her accomplishments as an international scholar. She was invited in 2010 to be the keynote speaker at a conference celebrating the 60th anniversary of Austria’s Fulbright Program. She is the author of three books and the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.
“Her invitation by the government of Austria is a true honor and recognition of her fine research,” wrote her nominator. “She also provides unique opportunities to students, most notably in her spring term class in China. Liping is an interesting, intelligent and friendly colleague whose scholarly work merits our highest recognition.”
A member of the Alma faculty since 1999, Bu has research interests in modernization and nation-building, international cultural relations and public health. She teaches modern Chinese and Japanese history as well as American foreign relations and immigration history. She has a doctorate in history and policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Zerbe, assistant professor of music and director of bands and percussion studio, was nominated for his effective teaching methods, percussion skills and the quality of the Alma College Kiltie Marching and Concert Band.
“He embodies the highest standard of excellence in teaching, academic service, campus outreach, student recruitment and community services,” wrote his nominator. “The radiant enthusiasm and quality of performance of the individual band members reflects the superb teaching of Mr. Zerbe, not only in terms of musicianship but also in the sense of professionalism that he instills in them.”
A member of the Alma faculty since 2004, Zerbe directs the Percussion Ensemble, which performs annually in competitions throughout the nation. He also directs summer band and percussion camps and serves on the college’s enrollment advisory task force. He has a Master of Music degree from Central Michigan University.
The Barlow Awards are made possible by a gift from Joel Barlow to recognize faculty members who have “contributed the most, by their work and example, often at personal sacrifice, to furthering the education mission of the college.”
Posted: Wed, April 17th, 2013 at 9:10AM