Faculty Select Peers for 2012–2013 Outstanding Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 12-20-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

The Faculty Recognition and Support Committee at CSU, Chico has made its selections for the Outstanding Professor, Teacher, Research Mentor, Academic Advisor, and Faculty Service awards for 2012-2013. These awards are the highest awards within the University, and they are especially valued because faculty members are nominated by their peers and selected by a faculty committee. President Zingg announced the awards to the campus on Monday.

Outstanding Professor

Professor Keiko Goto from the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences has been selected as the 2012-2013 Outstanding Professor. Goto earned her PhD in nutritional science with minors in epidemiology and education at Cornell University. She joined the CSU, Chico faculty in 2006. Goto has published 23 articles in 14 different refereed journals and has produced two book chapters in the Food Cultures of the World encyclopedia. She has nine additional manuscripts currently under review for publication.

Goto loves to teach, and her passion for nutrition is contagious. Her students are engaged in the classroom and actively involved in research. Of her 20-plus published articles and 30 poster presentations at professional conferences, most are co-authored with students.

Goto has worked at the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP) since 2006. She assumed the role of assistant director for research and evaluation in 2010. She has been awarded 11 grants since 2006, four of which have generated close to a half million dollars in off-campus funding. 

Goto is the chair of the Higher Education Division for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior. She serves as a reviewer for 10 professional journals and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and for the California Journal of Health Promotion. In 2011, she was awarded a Professional Achievement Honor by CSU, Chico.

Outstanding Teacher

Professor John Schwarz from the Department of Construction Management is the 2012-2013 Outstanding Teacher. Professor Schwarz earned his BA and MA in recreation administration from CSU, Chico and his JD from UC Hastings College of Law. He began teaching at Chico in 2002 as a lecturer and was awarded tenure in 2011. 

Schwarz brings his 25 years of practical experience into the classroom to infuse his lectures with a real-life element. He has taught law classes in three colleges. He knows how to present complex subjects in a way that his students understand.

Schwarz recently received the Regional Excellence Teaching Award at the annual conference of the Associated Schools of Construction in recognition of his contributions to construction education, excellence in teaching and dedication to the construction profession. He is active with the construction management department’s nationally recognized community service projects, including Rebuild New Orleans, Concow Fire Relief, Catalyst Domestic Violence Services transitional housing and the Blitz Builds. Not only does he bring real life into the classroom, he brings the classroom to real life.

Outstanding Research Mentor

Professor DingXin Cheng from the Department of Civil Engineering has been selected for the 2012-2013 Outstanding Research Mentor Award. Cheng joined the CSU, Chico faculty in 2006. Prior to coming to CSU, Chico, Cheng spent several years in private industry as a transportation engineering consultant.

Cheng has spent several years conducting research on pavement preservation processes, focusing on the use of recycled tire waste. He has integrated this research into his teaching and has presented it at conferences, both nationally and internationally. 

Cheng is currently the director of the California Pavement Preservation Center. The center provides students with opportunities to work in the field as well as in the laboratory. He has hired more than 30 graduate and undergraduate students as research assistants. Most of his 60-plus research papers and technical reports are co-authored with those students.

Cheng is always accessible to his students, mentoring them in the labs and encouraging them to apply for the research assistant positions that give them experience in the field and opportunities to collaborate on research and reports.

Cheng has been instrumental in obtaining over $3 million of external funding in support of research. He has also secured over $350,000 worth of equipment for the asphalt materials lab. Cheng was a recipient of the CSU, Chico Professional Achievement Award in 2009 and Outstanding Project Director in 2011. In 2010, he was honored as the professor of the year by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Chico State Student Chapter.

Outstanding Academic Advisor

Professor Margaret “Peggy” Rowberg from the School of Nursing has been chosen as the 2012-2013 Outstanding Academic Advisor. Rowberg serves as the pre-nursing advisor for the School of Nursing, the retention coordinator for the School of Nursing, the faculty advisor for the Chico chapter of the California Nursing Students’ Association, the coordinator for the nursing students pinning ceremony and informally as the mentor/career advisor to all nursing students. Rowberg is also the president of Kappa Omicron, the local chapter of the International Honor Society of Nursing. 

In her capacity as the pre-nursing advisor, Rowberg responds to inquiries from prospective students seeking information on everything from admission standards to preparation of nursing applications. The School of Nursing has more than 800 registered pre-nursing majors, as well as 40 nursing program students per semester. She handles this incredible volume of inquiries with grace and enthusiasm.

Outstanding Faculty Service

Professor Teddy Delorenzo of the Department of Political Science has been selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Service Award. Her commitment to service is best reflected in her tireless contribution to the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC).

Delorenzo began teaching at CSU, Chico in 1984 and assumed responsibility at CLIC as a new faculty member. As the legal studies internship coordinator and the directing attorney of CLIC, she has been the force behind the success of the center. CLIC is staffed by up to 125 undergraduate students each semester and is one of the most, if not the most, extensive undergraduate legal clinics in the nation. The community outreach and service hours from CLIC average 23,000 a year, with an annual client base of 12,000.

Delorenzo is a professor, advisor and faculty mentor. She has guided many of her students into service to the community through her legal research class. Many have also entered the legal profession as a result of the class and work with CLIC. Her dedication to CLIC and the surrounding community is an inspiration to all who see her.

She also serves or has served as an academic senator, a member of the Associated Students Board of Directors (1999 to present), a member of department search and personnel committees, a member of college personnel committees, a participant in Chico Preview Day and Constitution Day, a faculty advisor to the Prelaw Society and a moot court judge.

Delorenzo also teaches courses at Cal Northern School of Law. 

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