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Citadel News Service
6 Nov 2012

Faculty honored for excellence, innovation and service

Ten Citadel faculty members have been honored for their contributions to scholarship, teaching and service.

The 2012 Citadel Awards for Faculty Excellence and Innovation Program was created by Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college, and will be an annual event. This year a donor contributed the money to make it possible to present $2,500 awards in four categories of excellence and $250 awards for each of the faculty spotlight winners.

"Our Faculty Excellence Awards Program provides an opportunity to highlight the impressive accomplishments of The Citadel's dedicated faculty in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service on a recurring basis," said Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college. "Those faculty recognized have made truly significant contributions to the quality of the educational experience for our students and have contributed to the intellectual enrichment of our campus through their research and service. The Citadel is proud to recognize their outstanding work and dedication to The Citadel and its mission."

A committee of Citadel faculty annually will choose recipients who showcase innovative teaching in the graduate and undergraduate colleges, creative scholarship and research projects, and dedicated service to the Citadel community.

Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship

Saul J. Adelman, professor of physics

saul adelmanSaul Adelman demonstrates a deep-seated commitment to undergraduate teaching. He uses multiple teaching methods to engage a range of student learning styles, and approaches laboratory exercises as an opportunity for students to experiment with variables and deduce the relations of the key parameters for themselves. Under the constraints of a heavy teaching load, Adelman also holds supplemental review classes. Each semester, he typically engages two cadets as research assistants, giving future researchers the opportunity to engage directly in cutting-edge research.

The energy Adelman displays in his teaching is reflected in his scholarship. In 2011, he co-authored five papers published in refereed journals and collections. He is actively involved with astrophysical research at several international observatories, including the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in British Columbia, Argentina's Complejo AstronĂ³mico El Leoncito, and the Turkish National Observatory. In 2011 a proposal of Adelman's was accepted for research using the Hubble Space Telescope. He also referees manuscripts for the "Astrophysical Journal," the "Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society," the "Information Bulletin of the Variable Stars," "Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan," and the "Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific."

Further reflecting his commitment to engaging students with astrophysical research, Adelman is currently working on a CD of astronomical photographs for elementary and secondary school educators. With Professor Mei Chen, he helped establish the Sigma Xi brown bag lunch series at The Citadel, an opportunity for Citadel professors to discuss their research with fellow professors and to interest students in research activities.

Excellence and/or Innovation in Service and Teaching

Kevin C. Bower, associate, professor of civil and environmental engineering

William J. Davis, professor of civil and environmental engineering

bowerIn 2011, the commitment of Kevin Bower and William Davis to undergraduate mentoring, advising, and professional development was recognized with the award of a $593,000 National Science Foundation grant for their innovative ExCEL-SC program. Intended to promote the retention of socioeconomically disadvantaged, minority, and female students within the civil engineering program, the grant provides financial support to disadvantaged students and uses an comprehensive mentoring and team-building approach to promote cognitive and personal development as well as lifelong learning skills among participants. On this project they have also collaborated with Jane Warner of The Citadel's Learning Center.

For Kevin Bower, the project builds on his impressive commitment to teaching and student professional development. His courses use carefully developed projects and site visits to make learning applicable to student experience and expose future engineers to the types of challenges they may encounter in the professional world. In his 2011 capstone course, he coordinated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow students to submit a mock federal permit application and receive feedback on their project from state and federal agencies. He also coordinated with the Corps of Engineers on a wetlands delineation field trip for his capstone course, and took students in his introductory course to the Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. His teaching was recognized in 2011 with the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department's Harry C. Saxe Teaching Award.

Bower demonstrates an impressive record of service to the college and the discipline. Among his many contributions, he serves as faculty advisor to The Citadel's chapter of the Society for Women Engineers. At a national level, he serves on the Committee on Scholarships for the American Society of Civil Engineers, and as director of the Environmental Engineering and Science Division of the American Society of Engineering Education.

davisWilliam Davis has likewise demonstrated a passion for undergraduate education as well as a commitment to service. In addition to his work on the NSF-funded ExCEL-SC program, he is the faculty advisor to the more than 100 members of the campus ASCE chapter. As faculty advisor, he helped students conduct the extensive and innovative Battery 2 Beach transportation-engineering project, a 33-mile pedestrian and bicycle facility intended to improve non-motorized transportation in the Charleston area. Under his direction, students spent more than 1,500 hours collecting and analyzing route data, estimating construction costs, and delivering public presentations to local officials. This project, when constructed, will transform Charleston, the Isle of Palms, Mount Pleasant, Sullivan's Island, and James Island into a more bike-friendly region.

Davis also arranged regular meetings for the ASCE chapter, featuring discussions with professional engineers on technical issues and professional development. He oversaw the chapter's participation in the National Steel Bridge Competition as well as the ASCE National Workshop for Student Leaders in Portland, Maine, and the ASCE Carolinas Conference. In 2011, The Citadel team under Davis's direction won first place out of 19 teams competing in Google's "Storm The Citadel" trebuchet competition.

Partly as a result of his impressive dedication to the development of student engineering leaders, The Citadel's ASCE chapter was awarded the 2011 Richard J. Scranton Award for the most outstanding engineering community service projects. The chapter also recently received the Robert Ridgway Award for the most outstanding student chapter. Selected from a field of 281 colleges and universities across the United States and 11 countries, including more than 25,000 engineering students, this award recognized The Citadel as the top ASCE chapter in the nation.

These and many other service contributions come in addition to Davis's emphasis on classroom instruction that features real-world engineering exercises as well as the opportunity for cadets to interact with professionals working in the field. His commitment to undergraduate education is further supported by his recent completion of a manuscript for a surveying textbook, which is being adopted by engineering schools across the country.

Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching, and Service

Michael Livingston, associate professor of English

michael livingstonIn 2011, Michael Livingston published two books: "The Middle English Metrical Paraphrase of the Old Testament," a 701-page edition of an 18,372-line medieval poem published by Western Michigan University Medieval Institute Publications, and an essay collection entitled "The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook," published by the University of Exeter Press. Also reflecting his active scholarly pursuits, Livingston authored a short story entitled "Purging Cocytus," in "Black Gate Magazine," and presented "The Jape of Jesus: Was Robin Hood a Jew?" at the 37th annual meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association.

Livingston's scholarly pursuits are reflected in his teaching at all levels of The Citadel's curriculum. In 2011, he prepared three new courses, including an Honors course on the literary figure of "Satan" and a graduate course on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien. Reflecting his commitment to pedagogy, he also published "Grading: Digital Grading Made Free and Easy with Google Apps," in EDUCAUSE Quarterly in 2011.

Since the fall of 2011, Livingston has served as the first associate director of the Honors Program. In this capacity, he dedicates many hours to program administration, advising honors students, interviewing prospective students, attending national conferences, and serving as ex officio member of the college's Scholarships Committee. He is the faculty advisor for "The Shako" while also, in service to the wider scholarly community, serving on the advisory board of the Middle English Texts Series and as associate editor of the Secular Commentary Series.

Excellence and Innovation in Scholarship, Teaching, and Service

Kerry Taylor, assistant professor of history

kerry taylorKerry Taylor's contributions in the areas of scholarship, teaching, and service are closely interconnected with each other. He has spearheaded the creation and development of The Citadel Oral History Program, which now includes nearly 200 interviews with Citadel alumni, veterans, and Lowcountry residents. Of those, 44 have been digitized, transcribed, and made available to the public through the Lowcountry Digital Library. In conjunction with this project, he has built bridges between The Citadel and the surrounding community, leading a series of oral history workshops for teachers, archivists, and the general public, and has consulted with a number of local organizations regarding their oral history efforts. He has also organized and led archival workshops for graduate students and Berkeley County teachers, recruiting local journalists and archivists to donate their time to this effort.

In addition to its scholarly contribution, the Oral History Program has provided training to undergraduate and graduate students in both history and English in the skills necessary to collect and archive oral histories. A number of history graduate students have worked on the project or used skills associated with it to pursue their own research, while Taylor has also worked with English professor Lauren Rule Maxwell's graduate writing class to collect veteran interviews through a service learning project.

During 2011, Taylor supervised five cadets as they compiled an audio yearbook of the Class of 2011. The experiences they recorded are also being transcribed and edited for inclusion in the Oral History Program.

In other areas of scholarship during 2011, Taylor published an essay in "American Labor Histories and Law Struggles," served as a reviewer for the University of South Carolina Press, chaired a panel at the Southern Labor Studies Association meeting, and presented a paper entitled "Union Power, Soul Power: Black Workers and the Limits of Civil Rights Unionism in the Modern South" at the annual meeting of the prestigious Organization of American Historians.

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT WINNERS

Excellence in Service and Scholarship

Jennifer Altieri, professor of education

jennifer altieriJennifer Altieri demonstrates a profound commitment to service at both the college and national levels. In addition to extensive college committee work, in 2011 she served on the editorial review boards for two publications, "The Reading Teacher" and "Reading Horizons," and as a conference proposal reviewer for the International Reading Association.

Within the college, Altieri developed and wrote The Citadel's successful report to the International Reading Association and revised the handbook for The Citadel's literacy program. As coordinator of the literacy division, she contributed significantly to the work of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Assessment Committee, helping develop assessment procedures to ensure that The Citadel meets or exceeds all NCATE accreditation standards. She also monitored the progress of the second cohort of Charleston County School District teachers pursuing the masters in literacy degree and certification, and continues to direct the summer literacy program.

In addition to a consistent and extensive record of service, Altieri has also remained an active scholar. Based on her research with educational theory as well as the experiences of classroom teachers, in 2011 she published "Content Counts: Developing Disciplinary Literacy Skills, K-6" with the International Reading Association. This book was selected as the organization's May 2011 Book Club Mailing. She also made three national presentations. Those included invited presentations to the American Federation of Teachers at the Biennial QUEST Convention in Washington, D.C., and at the International Reading Association convention in Orlando, Fla. The latter presentation was part of the annual session of ReadWriteThink.org, a project developed by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, and sponsored by Verizon Thinkfinity. Altieri's talk was videotaped for Readwritethink.org's website.

Excellence in Teaching and Service

Lauren Rule Maxwell, assistant professor of English

lauren rule maxwellDemonstrating a deep commitment to service, in 2011 Lauren Rule Maxwell continued her involvement with the School of Humanities and Social Science's Service Committee as well as the Faculty Research Committee. She is also associate director of programs for the Lowcountry Writing Project. Most importantly, however, in 2011 she shouldered the task of revising The Citadel MAT English program's National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) accreditation report. Rule Maxwell has also undertaken significant service obligations both for and with her students. She assisted Livingston with "The Shako," and with Kate Pilhuj, served as co-advisor to the English Club. In this capacity she helped coordinate cadet efforts to serve the wider Charleston community by collecting and donating books to Trident Literacy, and helping at-risk students at Mitchell Elementary School develop reading and writing skills.

Rule Maxwell has demonstrated tremendous dedication to improving student writing both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She carefully identifies and tracks areas for individual student improvement, and has developed creative exercises to involve students in critiquing their own work and that of their colleagues. In 2011, Rule Maxwell developed an innovative new course for the Lowcountry Writing Project. Through units on freelance journalism, scientific writing, travel writing, children's books, photojournalism, and art criticism, as well as meetings with guest speakers, students learned to develop a wide range of publishing skills. As a result of this course, class members had pieces accepted by a number of local publications, and developed book proposals and article pitches for future projects.

In a wider professional capacity, Rule Maxwell serves on the editorial board of Margaret Atwood Studies, evaluating journal submissions and serving as guest editor of the August, 2011, volume. She also served as the judge for the Margaret Atwood Society's 2011 undergraduate essay contest. In addition to her teaching and service, in 2011 Rule Maxwell delivered a paper at the Modern Languages Association conference, the foremost conference in the field. The presentation led to a request for a book proposal, and published two book reviews.

Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship

Paul M. Nolan, associate professor of biology

paul nolanPaul Nolan enthusiastically integrates the latest research into his undergraduate courses on animal behavior and ornithology, and encourages student research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Focusing on training future scientists in rigorous and creative ways, Nolan requires undergraduates in two of his three upper-level courses to develop an original, testable scientific hypothesis, and then to conduct their own research for presentation at The Citadel Undergraduate Research Conference on Corps Day. During 2011, he worked with three graduate students on thesis research, and also advised one cadet and one College of Charleston honors student on ornithology projects. Both undergraduate projects were recognized with awards for excellent student poster presentations at national- and international-level meetings; one of the projects has resulted in the acceptance of a research paper for publication.

Nolan further engages his students through the innovative use of technology. Such initiatives include the use of "clickers" (personal response systems) in the classroom, and iPods in the field. With the iPods, his students play back birdsongs to attract difficult-to-find birds for observation by cadets as well as schoolchildren visiting campus through the STEM Center's outreach programs.

In 2011, Nolan co-authored a paper entitled "Carotenoids bolster immunity during moult in a wild songbird species with sexually selected plumage coloration," published in "The Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society," worked on the Test File to Accompany "Life: the Science of Biology" (9th ed.), and worked on three additional articles, one as principle investigator.

Excellence in Teaching, Service, and Scholarship

Jack J. Porter, associate professor of political science

jack porterIn addition to service on several key departmental and college-wide committees, in 2011 Jack Porter served as the primary academic advisor for the Model NATO Program. In February 2011, he accompanied five cadets to the 26th annual Model NATO Conference in Washington, D.C., where The Citadel team represented Turkey. In preparation for this trip, Porter met regularly with participants to research information on their country and its key interests and concerns, and to explore NATO's operation. At the conference, Porter served as one of two faculty advisors to the Defense Planning Committee and was active with the crisis simulation group and office of the "Home Government." Due in part to preparation by The Citadel's delegation and Porter's expertise in international security and NATO affairs, the conference organizer has requested that Porter play an increased role in the 2012 conference.

In 2011, Porter carried a heavy and often over-enrolled undergraduate course load. He also served as academic advisor to more than 50 political science and criminal justice majors, directed three cadet independent studies, and, drawing on his background as a former policy analyst with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, advised individual cadets on careers in the government and public sector.

Porter also continues to pursue an impressive research agenda. In 2011, he conducted research at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and drafted three articles on counterinsurgencies and "Contested Authority in the Afghan National Armed Forces." Drafts of these publications were presented to colleagues at two major international conferences in 2011, including the 2011 Biennial International Conference of the Inter-University Seminar (IUS) on Armed Forces and Society, the field's most prestigious conference.

Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching

David L. Preston, associate professor of history

david prestonPreston has demonstrated a strong record of scholarship on early American history. In 2011, he served as commentator and panel chair for two national conferences: the annual meetings of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and the American Historical Association. He delivered the keynote address at the Western Frontier Symposium, presented a paper at the Annual Jumonville French and Indian War Seminar, and presented at two symposia sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History Workshops. He also reviewed two book-length manuscripts for the University of Nebraska Press and Bedford/St. Martin's Press and served as a reviewer for the prominent Journal of the Early Republic and Pennsylvania History.

Following the publication of his award-winning 2009 book on Europeans and Indians in colonial America, Preston signed an advance contract with Oxford University Press for a forthcoming book on Gen. Edward Braddock's defeat in the French and Indian War. Research for this project was partly supported by grants from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York and the Massachusetts Historical Society.

In the classroom, Preston brings his enthusiasm for history as well as his passion for research to cadets. He works closely with students in his upper-level courses to refine their research and writing skills, while implementing a variety of lecture formats and class exercises to engage students in his survey courses. He uses period uniforms to discuss the lives of soldiers in the American Revolution and Civil War, and illustrates his lectures partly with photographs and documents from his own research trips, giving students the opportunity to view historical sites and rare primary documents within the classroom.