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

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​Recipients of the College of Arts and Sciences 2022 faculty awards are: (top, from left) Jennifer Barker, Carolyn White Bartoo and Laura Helton; and (bottom, from left) Edward Larkin, John Morgan and Sarah Wasserman.

Six University of Delaware faculty members were honored at the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Convocation on Friday, May 27, for excellence in the areas of teaching, scholarship, advising, advocacy, faculty mentoring and service.

At the ceremony, Dean John A. Pelesko called their body of work impressive and “their dedication to learning inspiring.” The recipients were nominated by their peers for these awards, which are presented annually.

Jennifer Barker, professor of theory and composition in the School of Music, received the Outstanding Scholarship Award. She is world-renowned in multiple musical contexts – symphony orchestra, opera, chamber music, solo instrumental, vocal music and world music. Her scholarship reaches far outside the University throughout the region, the U.S. and the global stage.

The award for Outstanding Teaching was presented to Carolyn White Bartoo, an associate instructor in the Department of Communication. Nominators noted that Bartoo engages her students with her humor, energy, focus, pedagogical skills and passion for teaching. One of her peers said: “[Bartoo] exemplifies the care and excellence that this college expects from its professors. Her enthusiasm and dedication to students is visible in every class she teaches and every student with whom she has contact.”

Laura Helton, an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the departments of History and English, received the Outstanding Advocacy Award. Helton, a national leader in the history of African American archives, was recognized for her commitment to creating a vibrant and inclusive community at the University of Delaware. Helton’s scholarly research supports public-facing initiatives to make Black resources more accessible in library and museum spaces.

The award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring is based upon supporting and promoting a positive and inclusive scholarly and teaching environment and contributing to the quality of life and professional development of new faculty within and/or beyond the college's research or degree programs. This year, Edward Larkin, a professor in the Department of English, earned this award in recognition of his approach to mentoring—both individual and institutional. As one nominator noted, “He has provided candid, supportive and useful feedback to the whole generation of junior scholars who have come after him,” adding, “My experience with Dr. Larkin is by no means unique, either.”

John Morgan, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, received the Outstanding Service Award. Morgan has served on UD’s Faculty Senate, CAS Executive Committee, CAS Faculty Senate and the University’s Faculty Senate University Budget Committee. The award committee said that Morgan is an “encyclopedia” of historical knowledge within the University and College Faculty Senate and recognized his level of dedication, ability to learn from previous experiences and affinity for “getting into the weeds” to advance progress.

Sarah Wasserman, an associate professor in the Department of English, was presented the Outstanding Advising Award. Wasserman was recognized for “establishing a culture of excellence in advisement for her department.” Pelesko noted that Wasserman is “a devoted adviser who regularly goes far beyond the call of duty to ensure that students find their way, both at UD and after graduation.”

Article by Margo McDonough

Published June 3, 2022

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