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BGSU faculty, advisers awarded for excellence

In the fall, five University faculty members were honored for their teaching, research and service. The Office of Academic Enhancement was presented the President's Award for Academic Advising of Undergraduate Students.

Master Teacher for 2003 / Faculty Distinguished Service Awards
/ Olscamp Research Award / Outstanding Young Scholar
/ President's Award for Academic Advising of Undergraduate Students

Master Teacher for 2003
Dr. Michael French, an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development's Division of Teaching and Learning, who was named the University's Master Teacher for 2003 by the Student Alumni Association.

French, who returned to the classroom full time this year after 13 years as director of BGSU's Martha Gesling Weber Reading Center, received what is considered one of the highest honors for faculty because students choose the recipient.

His graduate-student nominators wrote that French "is the definition of an individual putting his heart and soul into teaching. As a teacher of both undergraduate and graduate courses…he spends hours on technologically sound lessons, always being certain to include the latest tools and methods in his instruction."

"The expectations he holds his students to are extremely high," they added. "So high, in fact, that there is not a moment when you are in his presence when he is not challenging you and your knowledge of reading."

French, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, joined the BGSU faculty in 1989 as an associate professor and reading center director. He has also served as graduate coordinator and assistant chair in the Department of Educational Curriculum and Instruction. Author of various books and journal articles on literacy, he has obtained numerous grants supporting schools in the community, Ohio Reads and the America Reads Challenge.

Faculty Distinguished Service Awards
Dr. Benjamin Muego, professor of political science and Asian studies, joined the political science faculty full time in 1982 after two years as a visiting assistant professor. He was chair of Faculty Senate in 1993-94 and again last academic year. In that position, Muego was the faculty's representative to the Board of Trustees, the President's Advisory Council, the BGSU Foundation Inc. and the Ohio Faculty Council.
He was Faculty Senate vice chair in 1992-93 and 2001-02, and has served three years as secretary to the senate and the President's Panel. An ad hoc Committee on the History of Faculty Senate is among several of which he is now a member.

Muego, whose Ph.D. is from Southern Illinois University, was Fulbright Professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines-Visayas in 1986-87. His current adjunct professorships include a position in Southeast Asia studies with the U.S. Foreign Service Institute, which honored Muego with its Distinguished Guest Lecturer award in 1997-98.

The BGSU Firelands faculty member is the author of two books and more than two dozen book chapters and articles on political and regional security issues in Southeast Asia.

Dr. John Hoag, professor and chair of the economics department since 1993, came to Bowling Green in 1972 after earning his doctorate from the University of Kansas.
An author of two textbooks and more than 20 refereed journal articles, he is a member of the College of Business Administration Executive Committee, the University Council of Chairs and Directors Steering Committee, the Student Assessment Achievement Committee and the University Program Review Committee.
Hoag received the College of Business Administration Faculty Service Award in 2001, as well as the Provost and Faculty Senate Faculty Mentor Award in 2002.

Muego and Hoag are co-recipients of the Faculty Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes continuing quality contributions to the University, whether in the faculty governance process or to the learning environment, University relations and/or other areas that advance BGSU's mission.

Olscamp Research Award
Dr. Patricia Kubow, an associate professor of educational foundations and inquiry (EDFI), focuses on democratic and comparative education which has brought her national and international recognition. As a result of her work to advance democratic education in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, she was honored last year at the White House-along with fewer than 100 others-for "humanitarian and reconstruction efforts abroad." Earlier this year, the United States Agency for International Development recognized her for the same work with its Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award, Bureau Citation.

In the last three years, Kubow has been awarded three externally funded grants and co-authored two books, as well as five book chapters and four refereed journal articles. "While these numbers indicate commendable scholarly productivity, it is how these publications and activities contribute to the field of comparative education and democratic education that speaks to the significance of her accomplishments," notes her nominator, Dr. Rachel Vannatta, an associate professor and chair of EDFI.

Kubow's first federally funded grant, from the American Councils for International Education, dealt with democratic curriculum materials development with Ukrainian educators. A Fulbright-Hays grant from the U.S. Department of Education gave her the opportunity to continue her study of democracy in South Africa, and the most recent grant, a $203,900 award from the U.S. State Department, supports her democratic education efforts in both South Africa and Kenya.

"Her collaboration with a BGSU colleague and educators from the two African countries has facilitated the development of curriculum to instruct students on democratic concepts and practices, and also has fostered democratic leadership of the participating educators," Vannatta writes.
One of Kubow's books, "Comparative Education: Exploring Issues in International Context," is the only introductory comparative/international education text to appear in the last 20 years, according to her nominator.

Among her articles is the award-winning "Preparing future secondary teachers for citizenship educator roles: A Possible Direction for Pre-Service Education in the New Century." It won the Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Award from the Association of Teacher Educators in 2001, and last year was included in a special volume on teacher education policy and practice by the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

A BGSU faculty member since 1998, Kubow holds master's and doctoral degrees in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.

Outstanding Young Scholar
Dr. Pavel Anzenbacher Jr., an assistant professor of chemistry and photochemical sciences, came to BGSU in 2000 after completing postdoctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin.
Since his arrival, Anzenbacher has secured more than $1 million in external grant funding as principal investigator. "This is a truly remarkable achievement for any faculty member, let alone one who has been at this university for such a short period of time," says his nominator, Dr. Michael Ogawa, a professor of chemistry and chair of the department.

In the last seven months alone, Anzenbacher has received three grants from the National Science Foundation totaling almost $700,000. His research focuses on development of advanced photonic materials in two main areas: supramolecular materials for molecular sensing and materials for use in fabricating flat displays.

A native of Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), Anzenbacher has also published 10 articles from BGSU in peer-reviewed journals; presented a number of posters and lectures at scientific meetings; served as a reviewer for NSF and other foundations and journals, and developed collaborations with American and international research groups.

"It is clear that these rich scientific collaborations will not only advance Pavel's career, but will help in strengthening the position of BGSU in the arena of international science," Ogawa adds.

Anzenbacher earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry is from the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague.

President's Award for Academic Advising of Undergraduate Students
The Office of Academic Enhancement serve the needs of distinct student populations through three advising programs-Pre-Major Advising, the University Program for Academic Success and Advanced High School Programs, including the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options and High School College Credit programs. Lisa McHugh Cesarini is director of academic enhancement, whose awardees also include Renee Clark, Tom Gorman, Barbara Laird, Mary Lynn Pozniak, Brynn Pullano, Nicole Schwab and associate director Mary Beth Skelly.

"Throughout my three-year-stay with the program, I was mentored, guided, listened to and encouraged to explore many different academic areas of interest," wrote one student, summing up her experience with the office.

"Through this program, I was able to contact other offices, instructors and programs about what they had to offer at BGSU. Thanks to the countless visits and sessions, I am well on my way to graduating in May 2004."

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