In May, CWU honored five faculty members with the 2020 Distinguished Faculty Awards. Established in 1977, the awards annually recognize faculty who excel in teaching, research/artistic accomplishment, and public service.
The Distinguished Faculty Awards are the highest honor attainable at the university. Each honoree received a $5,000 monetary award and their names will be added to a permanent display.
This year’s honorees include:
• Carey Gazis, Geological Sciences, Distinguished Faculty for Service. This award honors a faculty member whose service contributes to the welfare of individuals, professional organizations, university groups, the community at large, or the university.
• Yingbin Ge, Chemistry, Distinguished Faculty for Teaching. This award honors a tenure-track faculty member who has a demonstrated knowledge of his or her field of study, effective ways of presenting material, continues to advance his or her field of study, and helps student understand the material.
• Jennifer Green, Communication, Distinguished Faculty for Non-Tenure Teaching Track. This award honors a non-tenure-track faculty member who has a demonstrated knowledge of his or her field, is an effective communicator, assists students in understanding material, and continues to advance his or her field of study.
• Jeffrey Snedeker, Music, Distinguished Professor. This award is bestowed on a faculty member who has demonstrated a long-term combined record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, or artistic activities, and service.
• Lixing Sun, Biological Science, Distinguished Faculty for Research/Artistic Accomplishment. This award honors a faculty member who has contributed scholarly or scientific investigation or inquiry in his or her discipline or has significant and/or innovative artistic accomplishments.