Andison, Barlow Awards Recognize Faculty Excellence

Karen Ball, Elizabeth Cameron, Anthony Collamati and Robert Vivian have received this year’s top faculty teaching awards.

Alma College’s top awards for faculty excellence recognize superior teaching in the areas of business law, digital media, human physiology and creative writing.

Elizabeth Cameron and Anthony Collamati are the 2014 recipients of the Andison Awards for Excellence in Teaching, while Karen Ball and Robert Vivian have received this year’s Barlow Awards for Faculty Excellence.

The Andison Awards for Excellence in Teaching

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.

Elizabeth CameronElizabeth Cameron

Cameron, professor of business administration, has taught at Alma since 1988. She was nominated for her positive interactions with students and her focus on “real-life learning.”

“She is constantly updating her teaching strategies to meet the needs of the current class of students,” wrote her nominator. “Her lessons are creative, relevant and timely, and she is thoughtful in how she supports student learning. She has been asked more than once to speak and present her pedagogy strategies at regional and national conferences.”

Cameron teaches classes in business law, health care law and policy, fundamentals of law and a variety of courses in management, marketing and business communications. Recently, she has published articles on social media privacy and the legal dangers for educators engaging with social media. She has a doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing.

Anthony CollamatiAnthony Collamati

Collamati, assistant professor of communication and new media studies, joined the Alma faculty in 2012. He was nominated for his pedagogical innovation and teaching ability.

“Anthony has brought cutting edge pedagogy into both his classrooms and the college in general,” wrote his nominator. “His exceptional communication skills have enabled him not only to engage and teach his students, but also his colleagues. Perhaps most importantly, Anthony has created a cohort of NMS students who regularly collaborate in and out of class and who routinely work enthusiastically on their projects around the clock.”

Collamati teaches a variety of digital media and film production courses. He also created Bitworks, an in-house production company that allows students to use their skills in video, photo and design projects around campus. He has a Ph.D. from Clemson 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.

Karen BallKaren Ball

Ball, associate professor of integrative physiology and health science and director of the Integrated Health Studies Institute, was nominated for her dedication to teaching and research and her ability to articulate and implement a vision for a nursing program.

“Through many patient conversations with colleagues and state agencies, through hours of planning and meetings, a nursing program is now on the horizon at Alma College,” wrote her nominator. “Karen’s steady hand and long hours have been essential in bringing the planning to where it is today.”

A member of the Alma faculty since 1995, Ball teaches courses in human diseases and physiology, wellness, pharmacology and current issues in health, and has developed an advanced muscle physiology course in which the mechanisms of muscle function are studied at the molecular level. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Bob VivianBob Vivian

Vivian, associate professor of English, was nominated for his prolific output of creative works of fiction and essays. One of his recent novels, Lamb Bright Saviors, won a Nebraska Book Award for fiction, and some of the essays included in Least Cricket of Evening were nominated for a Pushcart Prize for essays appearing in a small press.

“Bob contributes to several communities of readers and writers across the nation, including here at Alma College,” wrote his nominator. “He gives his time to students and always provides readings of his works locally upon their publication.”

A member of the Alma faculty since 2001, Vivian has academic interests in the modern and contemporary novel, American short fiction, modern American poetry, theology and Turkish literature. He is the author of three novels and numerous dervish essays. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

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.”


Story published on April 17, 2014