CSU, Chico News

Five Selected for 2013-2014 Outstanding Faculty Awards

Date: 01-07-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s Faculty Recognition and Support Committee has made its selections for the Outstanding Professor, Teacher, Research Mentor, Academic Advisor and Faculty Service awards for 2013-2014. 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 in late December.

Outstanding Professor

Art and art history professor Matthew Looper has been selected for the 2013-2014 Outstanding Professor Award. The award is given to someone with a record of both outstanding scholarship and outstanding teaching. Since joining the CSU, Chico in 1998, Looper has published an extensive number of workbooks, peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, conference proceedings and encyclopedia entries. Looper also gives a number of conference presentations, workshops and guest lectures annually. He is the author of eight books, including To Be Like Gods, for which he was awarded the Association for Latin American Art (College Art Association) Book Award in 2010.

Looper is considered a leading scholar on Maya iconography and script. He recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to support research on Maya hieroglyphic writing. He has secured three fellowships with Harvard University’s prestigious Dumbarton Oaks Institutes and has received more than 20 internal and external grants. He brings to life his courses on ancient Mexican, May, and Andean art by drawing directly from his fieldwork. His peers praise his research and teaching and his ability to model the teacher-scholar ideal.

Looper holds master’s and doctorate degrees in art history from the University of Texas, Austin.

Outstanding Teacher

Communication design professor John Roussell has been selected for the 2013-2014 Outstanding Teacher Award. Since joining CSU, Chico in 1996, he has taught a variety of courses on design, communication and media aesthetics; he currently teaches more than 300 students each semester. Roussell has authored many journal articles and is the co-author of three books. He is an active member of the International Visual Literacy Association and the International Society of Performance Improvement. He also designed an online model to enhance student learning: The Virtual Professional Immersion Model connects students with communication design professionals to solve real-life problems and scenarios.

Roussell has spent the last two years co-producing a documentary, No Excuses, in collaboration with CSU, Chico kinesiology professor Catherine Himberg and three instructional design students. The film chronicles a Harlem school’s efforts to revitalize its physical education system.

Roussell earned his master’s in communication design from CSU, Chico and his doctorate in instructional technology from Virginia Tech.

Outstanding Research Mentor

Biological sciences professor Colleen Hatfield has been selected for the 2013-2014 Outstanding Research Mentor Award. A faculty member since 2005, Hatfield has established a record of collaborative research, including giving more than 38 professional presentations and 20 poster symposiums involving students. Under her mentorship, students have successfully secured more than $100,000 in grants. A committed instructor, she challenges her students with complex material while maintaining a supportive learning environment. She is the recipient of the Department of Biological Sciences’ 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching’s (CELT) 2008 Exemplary Online Instruction Award.

Since joining CSU, Chico, Hatfield has received eight grants and contracts. She encourages her students to present their work at conferences and symposiums, helps them establish networks with agencies and nongovernmental organizations, and pushes them to hone their skills as scientists. She holds a doctorate degree in biology from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Outstanding Academic Advisor

Philosophy professor Zanja Yudell has been selected for 2013-2014 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award. Yudell joined the CSU, Chico faculty in 2005 and has served as advisor for the Honors Program for eight years. He also serves as thesis advisor for honors students in concert with the discipline-based faculty mentors and serves as the faculty mentor for honors students while living in Konkow Hall.

In addition to his role as honors advisor, Yudell advises students in the Department of Philosophy. He has been a judge for the CSU, Chico Student Research Competition and has served on the Honors Program’s scholarship and redesign committees.

Yudell holds master’s and doctorate degrees in philosophy from Columbia University.

Outstanding Faculty Service

Social work professor Jean Schuldberg has been named the recipient of the 2013-2014 Outstanding Faculty Service Award. Schuldberg joined CSU, Chico in 1989 and has served as director of the Master of Social Work Program for seven years. In addition, she serves as co-director for the Harford Partnership Program for Aging Education and received that organization’s Education Leadership Award in 2010. She also serves as coordinator of the California Social Work Education Center. In 2013, she was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Commission on Aging, the principal advisory board on issues of aging individuals.

Schuldberg was instrumental in establishing CSU, Chico’s Interdisciplinary Center for Aging and has expanded the University’s community role by establishing partnerships with Passages Adult Resource Center, the Veterans Administration and Butte County’s public health and adult protective services agencies. She has also been a driving force behind the Distributed Learning Masters of Social Work program, which boasts a retention record of 98 percent.

Schuldberg holds a master’s degree in social work from Indiana University and a doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco.