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Honors in advising, advocacy, mentoring, service, scholarship, teaching

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​This year's college faculty award winners are (from left): top row, Ronet Bachman, Christine Cucciarre and McKay Jenkins; middle row, Agnes Ly, Devon Miller-Duggan and Jennifer Nauen; and bottom row, Sharon Rozovsky, Jaclyn Schwarz and Miranda Wilson.

Nine faculty members have received this year’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) awards for outstanding achievement in a variety of categories.

The 2020-21 awards were given to Agnes Ly, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences, and Devon Miller-Duggan, assistant professor of English, both for excellence in teaching; Jaclyn Schwarz, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences, and McKay Jenkins, Cornelius A. Tilghman Professor of English, both for excellence in scholarship; Christine Cucciarre, professor of English, for excellence in service; Miranda Wilson, associate professor of English, and Jennifer Nauen, associate professor of biological sciences, both for excellence in advisement; Ronet Bachman, professor of sociology, for excellence in faculty mentoring; and Sharon Rozovsky, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, for excellence in advocacy.

Earlier this month, CAS Dean John A. Pelesko surprised each of the honorees with an in-person or virtual visit during a class or event to announce and present the award.

Following are more details about the honorees and the tributes Pelesko offered.

Agnes Ly has collaborated with the Provost’s Office to lead a class that would better serve underprepared students, not only teaching the disciplinary content of the course but also helping students learn how to learn and to become independent learners. She has been successful in providing her students with the right tools and environments.

Devon Miller-Duggan has taught at UD for 40 years, most of them as an adjunct faculty member. Her teaching focus is on creative writing, a subject that requires devotion to the craft and to developing each student’s individual skills. Her priority is to make the classroom inclusive and a safe place to share ideas, critiques and points of view.

Jaclyn Schwarz is a neuroscientist who has built an independent and successful record of high-quality research, with over 45 publications and external funding for her work that has totaled more than $2 million. Her research program at UD includes three primary projects and is noted for its innovativeness and relevance to significant health problems.

McKay Jenkins, who has developed such interdisciplinary programs as the environmental humanities minor, has a “prolific and prestigious record of publication” that includes not only articles in academic journals but also articles and books on a wide range of topics that have wide public appeal. He approaches scholarship with a sense of mission on environmental practices.

Christine Cucciarre is director of composition in the Department of English, chair of the University Faculty Senate’s General Education Committee and a member of several other task forces and committees within UD and the College of Arts and Sciences. In all her services duties, she looks for ways to make connections involving students, faculty, initiatives and departments.

Miranda Wilson is associate chair of the Department of English, where she has made a profound and lasting impact on the culture of advisement. She has used her prolific mentoring and advisement experience to develop new plans and to connect students with the advisers who can best help them. She has been especially focused on students coming from the Associate in Arts Program.

Jennifer Nauen began advising students at UD in 2009 and five years later was appointed a designated adviser for biology education majors. In 2020, she was named undergraduate program director, overseeing student advisement for juniors and seniors in the Department of Biological Sciences. She assists students with class enrollment but also helps connect them with all the University’s resources.

Ronet Bachman has mentored colleagues in her department as well as graduates while they pursued their academic careers. Her work is described as “exemplary and longstanding,” showcasing her dedication, generosity of time and knowledge, and the ability to give constructive feedback, support and high levels of encouragement.

Sharon Rozovsky is known as a collaborative colleague with a flourishing research career. With Prof. Karl Booksh, she has successfully led a Research Experiences for Undergraduates program that provides students with disabilities the mentoring and experience that is important for success in graduate school. The program works to build a supportive community and provide role models for future generations of students.

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About the awards

The honorees were selected by the college’s Faculty Awards Committee, chaired by John Jungck, professor of biological sciences, with members Richard Cunningham, professor of theatre; Jennifer Lobasz, associate professor of political science and international relations; and Brenda Shaffer, instructor in fashion and apparel studies.

Article by College of Arts and Sciences communications staff

Published Oct. 27, 2021

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