CSU, Chico News

Faculty Select Peers for 2011–2012 Outstanding Awards

Date: 01-24-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

The Faculty Recognition and Support Committee, California State University, Chico, has made its selections for the outstanding professor, teacher, service, advisor and mentor awards for 2011–2012. These awards are the highest awards within the University and especially valued because the awardees are nominated by their peers and selected by a faculty committee.

Outstanding Professor

Mathematics professor Thomas Mattman was selected as the Outstanding Professor. This award is given to someone who has a record of both outstanding scholarship and outstanding teaching. Mattman earned his MS and PhD in mathematics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He joined the CSU, Chico faculty in 2000. A prolific scholar, Mattman has published 14 articles, presented at 35 colloquia and regional, national and international conferences, and made over 70 professional presentations. He has also received three National Science Foundation grants, a multiyear grant from the Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement Program of the Mathematical Association of America and a Regional Undergraduate Math Conferences grant to support organizing and conducting an undergraduate summer research conference. In addition, he has received nine internal CSU, Chico grants.

Mattman is recognized for his student mentoring of undergraduate students and his inclusion of students in research projects. Mattman has published research papers jointly with at least 10 undergraduates in recent years. In 2007, he was successful in getting three papers with student authors accepted for publication in refereed mathematical journals.

In 2005, Mattman was awarded a Professional Achievement Honor by CSU, Chico. He is faculty advisor to three clubs: the Math Club; CSU, Chico chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon; and the student chapter of the Mathematical Association of American. He co-mentors to the CSU, Chico team for the Putnam Math Competition.

Outstanding Teacher
Professor Ann Schulte from the School of Education has been selected as the 2011-2012 Outstanding Teacher. Schulte earned her PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and joined the Department of Education in 2001. She has taught a variety of education courses, with an emphasis on access and equity and democratic education.

Schulte advises students in Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Integrated Teacher Core, Rural Teacher Residency and the MA in education programs. She is a participant in the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program, in which she agreed to serve as a mentor for five years.

Schulte was recently awarded a Conversations on Diversity Award, “Taking it to the Classroom,” which recognizes an outstanding faculty member who possesses the courage and creativity required to engage diversity issues in the classroom.

Schulte is passionate about issues of diversity and political action. One of her former students, Annie Adamian, now a doctoral student at the University of San Francisco, said, “Through her modeling, Dr. Schulte helped me recognize that educational theories can be linked to practice. She was able to provide me an empowering form of education that gave me the knowledge and courage to take action and seek change.”

Schulte is the author a book, ”Seeking Integrity in Teacher Education: Transforming My Student Teachers, Transforming My Self” (Springer Publishers, 2009) and has authored many refereed journal articles, book chapters and other publications. She is an active member of the California Council of Teachers of Education, the American Education Research Association, the National Association of Multicultural Education and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Outstanding Advisor

Religious Studies professor and department chair Jed Wyrick has been selected as the Outstanding Academic Advisor.

Professor Wyrick joined the CSU, Chico faculty in 1999 with a PhD in comparative literature from Harvard University. He has served as the coordinator of the Modern Jewish and Israel Studies Program since 2006 and as the coordinator of the Humanities Program since 2007.

Wyrick served on the Academic Senate from 2000 to 2009 in a number of roles, including as a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Faculty and Student Policies Committee. He also served as chair of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Strategic Plan and is currently the presidential appointee to the Executive Management Evaluation and Development Committee.

“Dr. Wyrick’s extensive involvement in shared governance of the University has given him an impressive knowledge of its complex rules and regulations, and he has drawn on this knowledge of the university bureaucracy in helping students navigate what is for many of them a very daunting system,” wrote Bruce Grelle, professor and director of the Religion and Public Education Resource Center.

Wyrick has focused intently on the recruitment and advising of majors and minors in Religious Studies and the Humanities said Grelle. He has sole responsibility for advising Humanities majors and minors and advises those in cinema studies, classical civilization, medieval Studies, renaissance studies, and Modern Jewish and Israel Studies.

He has expanded his advising beyond the classroom and is an active leader in the ongoing discussion with fraternities and sororities on campus. He served on the university-wide committee on Greek Life, chaired a Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching panel on the “The Challenges of Greek Life at Chico State” and is the faculty and chapter advisor to Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

Wyrick is the author of “The Ascension of Authorship: Attribution and Canon Formation in Jewish, Hellenistic and Christian Traditions.” He has written several successful grants that have helped support ongoing curricular development and course offerings and sponsored visiting faculty members.

A 2010 graduate in Religious Studies wrote, “Dr. Wyrick has a marvelous way of making himself accessible to students, while still maintaining a level of leadership and guidance. More than anything, Dr. Wyrick inspires students to feel confident in their abilities and to always try their best.”

Outstanding Service Award

Patricia Black, professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, received the Outstanding Faculty Service Award. She is currently the department chair.

Black has served CSU, Chico since 1986 in many capacities. In addition to being chair of the department for six years, she has served on the department’s personnel committee, curriculum committee and steering committees. She has also served as the department’s library liaison, pre-credential advisor, coordinator of French and Spanish section, Foreign Language/French Theme House advisor and coordinator of French, German and Spanish conversation hours.

Black has served as chair of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Personnel Committee, as a member of the University Research and Development Council, the Faculty Leave Committee, as campus liaison for the CSU/Germany faculty seminar, chair of the Academic Senate Council on International Programs and director of the Faculty Seminars program of the Academic Senate Council on International Programs.

Black encourages an ongoing conversation on diversity and practices her philosophy of tolerance and respect for other cultures, races and languages in the classroom, wrote Char Prieto, Spanish professor. “One of Dr. Black’s chosen tasks is highlighting diversity and tolerance. She promotes a diverse representation of languages and cultures, simply because this is the choice that gives our students the best preparation for their success as professionals and citizens of a global society,” said Prieto.

As well as French, Black also speaks German and Spanish and has a reading knowledge of Old French, Middle High German, Italian, Latin, Catalan, Old English, Middle English and Old Castilian. Her works are published in many languages in the United States and abroad, covering such topics as medieval legends, Renaissance studies and French historical and language studies.

In addition to her significant service to the University, Black has been a violinist in the North State Symphony since 2006 and earned a JD in 2010 from Cal Northern School of Law.

Outstanding Research Mentor

Professor Eric Bartelink, Department of Anthropology, has been chosen as the 2011-2012 Outstanding Research Mentor. Bartelink is a forensic anthropologist and director of the CSU, Chico Human Identification Laboratory. A chief activity in the lab is graduate student research.

Bartelink joined the CSU, Chico faculty in 2006. He was a recipient of the CSU, Chico Professional Achievement Award in 2009, and he was recently granted early tenure in the Department of Anthropology.

Bartelink has an established and impressive record of scholarship in which he involves and mentors students. A key area of research is stable isotope analysis, which is useful in determining ancient diets. He has received external National Science Foundation funding, as well as internal funding, to support student research in isotope studies.

Bartelink has been involved in forensic recoveries for law enforcement agencies since 2006. In each of the 16 recoveries, he has actively encouraged his students’ involvement. “This is service learning at the highest level,” said President Paul Zingg. “Dr. Bartelink and his students serve communities by providing closure to families of homicide victims.”

Bartelink and colleagues Colleen Mulligan and Turhon Murad, also forensic anthropologists with the Human Identification Laboratory, took 13 students and an alum to assist with the fire scene recovery for the San Bruno gas explosion in September 2010. The group assisted in the forensic archaeological excavation of a house. The experience for the students was invaluable to their future careers as forensic anthropologists.

“Dr. Bartelink has an open-door policy, making himself available to students,” wrote Georgia L. Fox, Department of Anthropolgy. “I have had many opportunities to observe Eric advise students as well as prospective students interested in the forensic component of the Department of Anthropology’s MA program. The program is highly competitive and rigorous, but even so, Eric is encouraging and generous with his time, advising students on how they can prepare to be considered for the program, as well as the certificate in Forensic Anthropology.”

Bartelink co-authors conferences papers and posters with his students and makes the extra effort to be present at his students’ presentations.

Former graduate student Carrie Brown, currently a doctoral student at the University of Florida, wrote, “During my time as a graduate student, Dr. Bartelink was instrumental in not only introducing me to research opportunities, but cultivating my ability to develop as a researcher and anthropologist.” Brown’s research collaborations included an inventory project at Human ID Laboratory and a research project that entailed examining a small, unidentified cemetery in Nevada.

“I attribute a large portion of my success in anthropology to Dr. Bartelink’s mentorship,” wrote Brown. “The level of dedication Dr. Bartelink unfailingly shows to mentoring student research is in and of itself remarkable; combined with his myriad responsibilities, it is nothing short of phenomenal.”