CSU, Chico News

Campus Recognizes Faculty Excellence

Date: 02-15-2016

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

University Announces 2015-2016 Outstanding Faculty Awards

California State University, Chico’s Faculty Recognition and Support Committee recently announced its selections for the 2015-2016 Outstanding Faculty Awards.

The awards, which include Outstanding Professor, Teacher, Research Mentor, Lecturer and Faculty Service, are among the highest within the University. Recipients learned of their selection during surprise classroom visits by President Paul Zingg and his cabinet Feb. 3 and 4.

While the recipients represent a range of talent and field expertise, their passion for and commitment to teaching and mentoring Chico State students is a common narrative between them.

Outstanding Professor

KinesiologyProfessor Cathrine Himberg’s 2014 advocacy film “No Excuses” delivers a bold message to policy makers and school officials: Implementing quality K-12 physical education in this country should be a major priority. The documentary is so persuasive that First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move! Active Schools” campaign is using it to promote children’s health.

Himberg’s contributions to her field are astounding. As coordinator of CSU, Chico’s Physical Education Teacher Education Program since 2000, she has advised thousands of budding teachers. An advocate for quality physical education, she founded the Center for Advancement of Standards-based Physical Education Reform (CASPER) and the website www.supportREALteachers.org, which is used by teachers around the globe as a curriculum resource. CASPER’s early advocacy efforts resulted in national media attention and a National Association for Sport and Physical Education Presidential Citation in 2005.

Dedicated to making a difference locally, Himberg began developing a physical education program curriculum for Inspire Charter High School in 2010 and has provided dance lessons and workshops at Chico-area schools every semester since 2005.

A proud alumna, Himberg holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech, a master’s in physical education and exercise physiology from CSU, Chico and a bachelor’s in communication from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

This year marks her 20th teaching at CSU, Chico.

Outstanding Teacher

Sociology and multicultural and gender studies Professor Nandi Crosby has educated and inspired thousands of students in her 17 years on campus. A charismatic teacher who prefers active learning to instruction by PowerPoint, “Dr. Nandi” uses pop culture and current media to challenge students’ assumptions and push them past easy answers or personal opinions. Her reputation for great teaching is well known, and her commitment evident: When the waiting list for one of her recent classes grew to 22, she took it upon herself to find a larger room so no one would be left out.

Crosby’s passion for social justice drives her work. This passion can be seen in the several books she’s published, including “This Side of My Struggle,” a collection of stories from prisoners about their incarceration. She also serves outside the classroom, mentoring students on a dorm floor, advising a multicultural sorority, and being the first faculty member to mentor first-generation college students through Raising Educational Achievement in Collaborative Hubs (REACH). When asked, she explains her philosophy this way: “Justice is what love looks like in public.”

Crosby holds a doctorate degree in sociology from Georgia State University, a master’s in Africana women’s studies from Clark Atlanta University in Georgia and a bachelor’s in psychology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Outstanding Research Mentor

As the coordinator of her department’s graduate program and the Certificate in Forensic Identification, anthropology Assistant Professor Colleen Milligan’s success in mentoring students is difficult to rival. In fall 2015, she chaired five master’s thesis committees and served on five more. Her students are asked to present at national and international conferences, invited to speak at academic symposia, and accepted into prestigious doctoral programs and fellowships. In the last three years, two of her students have won internships at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office in Houston, Texas, an honor reserved for one graduate student nationwide each year.

She also supervises undergraduate research and education in the Human Identification Laboratory, where she guides six to seven students each year in conducting original research. Under her direction, an undergraduate recently discovered a nontoxic way to control an invasive species detected in the lab, a solution that can be used in labs around the country.

Outside the classroom, Milligan founded and coaches the Chico State Rowing Club. The club has become an athletic and academic powerhouse; the average GPA of her rowers is over 3.0 and their average graduation rate is 4.5 years.

Milligan holds a doctorate in physical anthropology and a master’s in anthropology from Michigan State University and bachelors in anthropology and in criminology and law studies from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Michigan.

Outstanding Faculty Service

Since joining the Department of Communication Design in 1998, Professor Jennifer Meadows has served the campus with tireless energy and commitment. As chair of her department, she manages a $1.1 million budget and 24 full- and part-time faculty. A member of the Academic Senate since 2000, she currently serves as vice chair and has chaired both the Senate and several of its committees in the past. She also has acted as an outside tenure reviewer for several universities and a faculty mentor for University Housing and Food Service.

A respected leader at CSU, Chico, she shares her time and expertise as a member of the University Technology Advisory Committee, the Campus Equity Council and the Civic Engagement Faculty Learning Community. Her college and department benefit from her involvement, which includes serving on numerous internal committees and advising three student groups.

Off campus, Meadows has judged school and community film contests, mentored high school students taking the ACT and organized and directed a local film festival.

Meadows holds a doctorate in radio, television and film from the University of Texas at Austin; a master’s in radio, television and motion pictures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and a bachelor’s in biology from Coby College in Waterville, Maine.

Outstanding Lecturer

Department of Health and Community Services Lecturer Linda Bilsborough has artfully instructed CSU, Chico students in health education and human sexuality courses for more than 30 years. Striving to make each seminar meaningful, she brings in guest speakers, creates games, hosts alumni panels and plans interview skits, keeping students engaged and excited.

She approaches her potentially delicate course topics with both sensitivity and sensibility. A major proponent of service-learning pedagogy, Bilsborough has provided students with hands-on experience working with and teaching K-12 and college students, migrant farm workers, the homeless and many other disadvantaged groups. She was as a service-learning expert for the campus’s Civic Learning Institute and has participated in the Town Hall Meeting as a policy consultant on reproductive health issues.

As the department’s internship coordinator, each semester she connects more than 80 students with community agencies to fulfill their internship requirements and prepare for their careers. In the last three years, she coauthored articles in the Journal for Civic Commitment on helping the homeless and on organ donation as a service-learning project. She is a member of numerous professional groups and active in attending conferences and symposiums in her field.

An alumna, Bilsborough holds a master’s in health systems leadership from the University of San Francisco and bachelors degrees in health education and health care management from CSU, Chico.