Scholars' Reception: Celebrating Faculty Scholarship

Faculty celebrate their colleagues, including Jennifer Heung, second from left, at the 2015 Scholars Reception.

The research, scholarship, and creative achievements of Saint Mary’s faculty were recognized Friday evening by the College in Hagerty Lounge, decorated in its finest form. Professors from every department gathered at the end of their hectic workday, taking a few hours to appreciate the efforts of their peers. 

The event focused on the diverse projects that faculty members have completed and assisted with on and off of campus in the past year. Bethami Dobkin, provost and vice president for academic affairs, acted as master of ceremonies, announced the recipients of the Faculty Research Grants, and presented the four winners of the Annual Faculty Awards.

“This is the fun stuff!” Dobkin said as she took the podium. “These competitive grants support new and accelerated scholarship by ranked faculty.” After announcing the recipients of the research grants, Dobkin said, “The quality, the diversity, and the impact of these projects are really stellar and it’s just wonderful to be able to grant the awards.”

Dobkin then announced the four winners of the Annual Faculty Awards; Raina León, Margaret Field, Saroja Subrahmanyan, and Jennifer Heung. The recipients were nominated by their colleagues based on whether each individual either “demonstrated sustained exceptional teaching performance,” “excelled in the areas of scholarship or creative activity,” or showed “exemplary service in a leadership capacity.”

Provost Beth Dobkin with Raina Leon, winner of the Early Career Award

León, an assistant professor in the Kalmanovitz School of Education, received the Early Career Award. León has published poems in three respective anthologies and an essay on fear in the Kenyon Review in 2015.

Field, a professor in the Biology Department, received the Teaching Excellence Award. She “has been instrumental in developing and teaching much of the core curriculum in Biology, Biochemistry, and Allied Health Sciences,” said Dobkin.

The Outstanding Scholar Award went to Subrahmanyan, a professor in the School of Economics and Business Administration, who published a paper titled “Ethical consumption: Uncovering personal meanings and negotiation strategies,” and contributed to several other publications and conferences in the past year. Heung, a professor in the Anthropology Department, who has “has been instrumental in several key campus-wide initiatives,” received the Faculty Service Award. She published a paper titled “Good Global Citizens: Strategic English, Educational Governance, and Cosmopolitan China” as well. Each award included a $5,000 stipend.

The recipients received an ecstatic round of applause from their colleagues. The remainder of the evening was spent enjoying wine, cheese, and fruit tarts.

For a look at this past year's faculty accomplishments, view the Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity 2015 Report.