Faculty recognition 2015

2014-2015 faculty recognition

The achievements of outstanding faculty were celebrated at the annual faculty recognition reception on May 19. 

Two previous award winners were recognized: Wayne Au, who earlier this year received the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award.  Professor P.K. Sen was recognized as the recipient of the Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creativity Award.

Retirements

  • Alan Wood, School of  Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
  • Pete Nye, School of Business
  • Carol Zander, School of STEM

Faculty leadership and service:

Jerelyn Resnick and Bill Erdly were recognized for their service with the General Faculty Organization.

Transitions, promotion and tenure

These professors were promoted or received tenure:

Hazel Asuncion

Hazel Asuncion

Faculty Promotion Assistant to Associate Professor with Tenure School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.


Hazel Asuncion in the School of STEM, Division of Computing and Software Systems, has focused on the evolution of software artifacts and of data entities. Her primary areas of research are two: data provenance in E-Science and software licensing. She is praised by her external reviewers for her work in prospective link capture, the effort to monitor user activity as a means of capturing traceability information. Dr. Asuncion has been very successful in securing external support for her research. She built on her UW RRF award in 2011 to submit and receive funding for a 2012-15 NSF grant of $490,580 as well as an NSF REU grant of $14,400 in support of student research. Her efforts culminated in an award in 2014 of a prestigious NSF CAREER Award to support continued development of her work in "Integrating Data Provenance with Software Traceability” ($630,697). She has served as chair of the CSS admissions committee as well as CSS speaker series and has contributed significantly to the development of new degree programs and curricula in CSS. She has also been active in her profession, including serving as a journal referee and conference publication chair.

Cheryl Cooke

Cheryl Cooke

Faculty Promotion Assistant to Associate Professor with Tenure School of Nursing and Health Studies.


Cheryl Cooke in the School of Nursing and Health Studies focuses her research on the impacts of incarceration on individuals, families, and communities, with a specific emphasis on child mental health outcomes in this environment. External reviewers noted particularly the "careful infrastructure" laid by her early research that lays "the ground work for her, as well as researchers who will follow her." She was complimented by internal and external reviewers for her dedication to ensuring that her teaching reaches the learners in the classroom, whether it be through adapting her methods, inviting student participation in her research to foster a sense of inquiry in the students, seeking out mentorship from experienced and successful teachers or working with other faculty to make sure that issues of social justice are visible in other courses. Dr. Cooke has served on numerous committees and was an important contributor to the development of the recently launched Health Studies baccalaureate degree. Professionally, Dr. Cooke contributes through reviewing manuscripts for journals in her field, and is a member of the Western Institute of Nursing.

Joe Milutis

Joe Milutis

Faculty Promotion Assistant to Associate Professor with Tenure School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.


Joe Milutis in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences focuses his research on the area of contemporary cultural poetics, and, more specifically, on the intersections between new media arts, literature, sound, philosophy, and historical cultural analysis. His record of publications includes two books, Failure, A Writer’s Life, and Ether: The Nothing that Connects Everything, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. External reviewers praised Dr. Milutis's national reputation as a unique and thought- provoking scholar as well as a highly regarded artist/media practitioner. Dr. Milutis has made significant service contributions to IAS through involvement in curricular and program development in five degree areas: Interdisciplinary Arts, Media and Communication, the Masters in Cultural Studies, the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics, and the Interactive Media Design program. He is praised by students for offering creative learning challenges in the classroom.

Carrie Tzou

Carrie Tzou

Faculty Promotion Assistant to Associate Professor with Tenure School of Educational Studies.


Carrie Tzou in the School of Educational Studies focuses her research on the application of sociocultural theories of learning to the design of science and environmental science learning environments. She does this to address the fundamental question of how to increase engagement of students in studying science. Dr. Tzou is author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Tzou has also been successful in garnering external support for her work. She is currently PI on a $1.4 million grant from the NSF to conduct research on “Badges for College Credit.” She is also Co-PI on a $275,000 NSF grant on “Integrating Art and Science to Build Science Identities among Girls.” Dr. Tzou has a strong record of service to the School of Educational Studies, the UW Bothell campus, and the region and international community, including participation in the development of a new Master’s degree leading to secondary teacher certification and served as the lead science educator for the K-8 teacher certification program.

Nives Dolšak

Nives Dolšak

Faculty Promotion Assistant to Associate Professor with Tenure School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell; School of Marine and Environmental Sciences University of Washington.


Nives Dolšak holds a joint appointment between the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Bothell and the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs in the College of the Environment at UW Seattle. Dr. Dolšak’s research focuses in the area of common pool resources in an environmental context. She focuses on the area of policy diffusion, policy innovation, public management, and environmental policy. Dr. Dolsak's publications span books and peer reviewed journal articles, and she has received external support and fellowships that indicate the significant impact of her work. One of the consistently recognized features of Dr. Dolšak’s dossier is the excellence across the board in her work. Her high-quality research agenda is driven by the parameters of ongoing policy dialogues. Her teaching is not only informed by these real-world examples and debates but also includes students in those research outcomes. She has also been extremely successful in mentoring undergraduate students and graduate students in ongoing research projects in important policy-related studies. 

Lawrence Lam

Lawrence Lam

Faculty Promotion Lecturer to Senior Lecturer
School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.


Lawrence Lam in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics joined the faculty of UW Bothell in 2012 as a Lecturer in the Engineering and Mathematics Division. Dr. Lam’s student evaluations are very strong, and peer observations of his teaching consistently describe an instructor who is consistently prepared and engaged. As a mark of his teaching excellence, Dr. Lam has been invited to mentor other UW Bothell faculty to improve their teaching. Dr. Lam contributes significantly to student learning outside the classroom by managing the Electrical Engineering labs, and a Fabrication Lab he organized to enhance student learning. He makes a practice of including undergraduates in his research, and the multiple research projects provide opportunities for students planning careers in a variety of fields. Dr. Lam’s scholarship supports his teaching excellence as he pursues research in both pedagogy and applied engineering, including recent conference presentations on hybrid learning. Dr. Lam has contributed significant and outstanding service during his time at UWB, whether chairing the committee that developed the Masters in Electrical Engineering degree or contributing to the successful ABET accreditation process.

Pamela Joseph

Pamela Joseph

Faculty Promotion Senior Lecturer to Principal Lecturer
School of Educational Studies.


Pamela Joseph in the School of Educational Studies has been commended on exceptionally strong teaching. Her teaching is anchored in her scholarly work in curriculum studies, as she supports future teachers in becoming reflective practitioners in their classrooms, something she models in her own pedagogy. One reviewer noted that Dr. Joseph "has achieved excellence in teaching interpreted broadly to encompass her scholarly as well as her instructional practices.” Dr. Joseph has generated a strong record of scholarly publications in support of her professional role. She is co-editor of several resource books for K-12 teachers and is completing a book on “The Moral Classroom." Dr. Joseph has contributed significant and outstanding service during her career, especially at UW Bothell. She contributed to the original template for the Middle and Secondary Level Endorsement and more recently to the new Education and Society Minor. She was elected Vice Chair and then Chair of the General Faculty Organization in 2011-2013 and went on to serve as Chair of the UW Bothell Lecturer Committee, which contributed significantly to the three-campus discussions about appointments and careers of lecturers at UW. For her significant leadership in this area, she was recognized by the AAUP, which awarded her the Spring 2013 “Courage in Pursuit of Excellence in Washington State Higher Education” award. At the national level, she has served as a reviewer for numerous education publications and presented at numerous conferences.

Did You Know?

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