Burris honored for excellence in scholarship
Four members of the University of Delaware faculty have been recognized for outstanding work through two new awards selected by the Faculty Senate’s Committee on Student and Faculty Honors.
The honors were announced at the May 13 Faculty Senate meeting.
The Mid-Career Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award, established last year, highlights UD’s commitment to excellence in research, scholarship and creative endeavors, and the Faculty Excellence in Scholarly Community Engagement Award, presented for the first time this year, is given to a faculty member who has displayed excellence in mutually beneficial, scholarly engaged teaching, research/creative activities and/or service.
This year’s Mid-Career Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award went to David Burris, associate professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering, and Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, associate professor in the School of Education and director of the Partnerhsip for Public Education. They each will receive $5,000, their photos will be displayed in Morris Library for five years, and their names will be inscribed on bricks in Mentors’ Circle.
Burris said: “Receiving the 2019 Mid-Career Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award is an indescribable honor. Thank you to the Faculty Senate and the Committee on Student and Faculty Honors for making this award possible. I owe particular thanks to the creativity and hard work of my current and past research mentees; intellectual enrichment from my colleagues; an enthusiastic endorsement from my department chair, Ajay Prasad; and the freedom and resources I have been given by the University, the College of Engineering, and the Mechanical Engineering department to do what I love doing.”
The inaugural Faculty Excellence in Scholarly Community Engagement Awards were presented to Roberta Golinkoff, Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education, and April Veness, associate professor of geography and of Latin American and Iberian studies. They each receive $5,000 to be shared with an identified community partner, their photos will displayed in Morris Library for five years, and their names will be inscribed on bricks in Mentors’ Circle. In addition, the winning partnerships also will represents UD in the competition for the regional W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Awards and the national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award, which are among the most prestigious recognitions of exemplary engaged scholarship in the United States. They also will present brief lectures describing their work and its impact during an annual symposium.