If a university’s value is measured by the quality of its teaching, then four professors recently reminded the world that SVSU has some extraordinary assets.
The professors – each from a different discipline -- earned high accolades from outside agencies for the quality of their work in the classroom.
Eric Gardner, professor of English, was one of only three professors in Michigan selected for a $50,000 fellowship from one of the most prestigious grantors in the United States. Gardner received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for the 2012–2013 academic year. Gardner intends to write the first comprehensive book on the Christian Recorder, a periodical of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and document its rise during the Civil War era and its importance as an outlet for black voices in that period.
NEH typically receives more than a thousand applications a year, but this year only 80 fellowships were awarded nationwide. Gardner is one of only three Michigan professors to receive a fellowship, along with faculty from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
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Dave Karpovich, H.H. Dow Endowed Chair in Chemistry, was selected as the region’s Outstanding College Chemistry Teacher Award winner for 2012. The award is presented annually to an individual in Bay, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland or Saginaw counties who makes a substantial contribution to science learning through his or her own voluntary efforts.
A resident of Gagetown, Karpovich has a long history of scholarly interest in the Saginaw Bay Watershed. One current research project – which includes SVSU students and is a partnership with Delta College – was cited as a premier example for similar partnerships throughout the Great Lakes states and nationwide during the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session in Washington, DC in March. The project includes field, classroom, teaching, lab and community-based research components, and aims to assess methods to restore the Kawkawlin River in a way that can be replicated elsewhere in the Saginaw Bay Watershed.
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Enayat Mahaerin, professor of mechanical engineering, was asked to join an elite group for the top 3 percent of mechanical engineering professors nationwide as an American Society of Mechanical Engineering Fellow. ASME Fellows are nominated by their peers, and must have had at least 10 years of active practice and 10 years of continuous active membership in the organization.
Mahajerin joined SVSU’s faculty in 1984 and has received the university’s highest honors for teaching (Landee Award, 1989) and research (Warrick Award, 1990). An active scholar, he has published or presented nearly 80 articles and papers during his career. Mahajerin received SVSU’s Braun Fellowship in 2010 to further his research, and has served as a faculty adviser to SVSU’s chapter of ASME since 1985.
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• Paul Teed, professor of history, was chosen as a Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year. Each of Michigan's 15 public university's nominate one faculty member for the award each year.
Other of Teed's awards include the SVSU’s Landee Award for Teaching Excellence in 2000 and being the co-recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct an institute at SVSU for K-12 teachers on re-examining the Civil War. Teed joined SVSU in 1997.