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UMSL faculty excellence in spotlight

The faculty recipients of the 2015 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence and Gerald and Deanne Gitner Excellence in Teaching Award include (from left) Christopher Spilling, Sanjiv Bhatia, Lauren Obermark (Gitner Award), Susan Brownell, Kimberly Baldus, W. Howard McAlister and Brian Lawton. The awards were handed out at the annual State of the University Address Sept. 16 at UMSL. Photo by August Jennewein, courtesy of UMSL Daily. 

Following the annual State of the University Address by University of Missouri–St. Louis Chancellor Tom George on Sept. 16, seven faculty members were recognized for their outstanding work, along with three UMSL staff members.

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence, established in 1988 by Chancellor Marguerite Ross Barnett, have become a university tradition. This year’s faculty awards went to:

Kimberly Baldus, teaching professor in the Pierre Laclede Honors College, for non-tenure track faculty member
Sanjiv K. Bhatia, professor of computer science, for teaching
Susan Brownell, professor of anthropology, for research and creativity
Brian J. Lawton, senior lecturer in information systems, for part-time faculty member
W. Howard McAlister, associate professor of optometry, for civic engagement
Christopher Spilling, professor chemistry and biochemistry, for campus service 

The celebration also included the Gerald and Deanne Gitner Excellence in Teaching Award, given each year to a UMSL faculty member who is in the early stages of his or her career and demonstrates outstanding and innovative teaching abilities. Lauren Obermark, assistant professor of English, received this year’s Gitner award.


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