The college honored five faculty members with awards for outstanding advising, teaching, scholarship and service.
Jennifer Naccarelli, assistant professor of women and gender
studies, received the CAS Excellence in Advising Award for her
dedication to her students and her work in collaborating with colleagues
at UD to benefit students and advisers. Watson quoted a student who
said Naccarelli “truly cares and takes time to get to know all of her
students [and] is able to connect them with the right resources and
Alenka Hlousek-Radojcic, associate professor of biological
sciences, was presented the college’s Excellence in Teaching Award for
her skills in the classroom, where she adapts her style to best fit the
needs of students. In presenting the award, Watson cited her “commitment
of time and energy to student success in out and of the classroom,
coupled with recognition by her colleagues of a respect for diverse
So many faculty members exhibited a high level of scholarship, Watson
said, that two recipients were named to receive this year’s Excellence
in Scholarship Award.
James Brophy, Francis H. Squire Professor of History, was
recognized for his productive and influential career in the field of
modern European history. The author of over 30 articles and book
chapters, he has written two important books and is at work on a third.
“His work is highly influential,” a colleague wrote, “and he has a truly
international reputation in the most prestigious circles of academia.”
Thomas Leitch, professor of English, also received the
Excellence in Scholarship Award, for his work as a leading scholar in
the field of film adaptation studies and Hitchcock studies and as an
admired film and literary critic. His eight books and numerous essays
were described by a colleague as “foundational — not only routinely
cited but deeply relied on as guides in an area that is extremely
Stephen Bernhardt, Unidel Andrew B. Kirkpatrick Jr. Chair in
Writing, professor of English and director of UD’s Institute for
Transforming Undergraduate Education (ITUE), received the college’s 2015
Excellence in Service Award. “His service has been exemplary, both on
campus and in the professional arena,” Watson said, citing his work with
ITUE in “promoting problem-based learning initiatives across campus
with tremendous impact.”
Also at the Celebrating Achievement and Success event, Watson
recognized Cecil Dybowski, professor of chemistry and biochemistry,
whose selection as the 2015 Francis Alison Faculty Award recipient, UD’s highest competitive faculty honor, was announced earlier.
Other faculty members and graduate students who previously received University awards were honored at the college event as well.
Those included three faculty members who were presented Excellence in Teaching awards at this month’s Faculty Senate meeting: Ralph Begleiter,
Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Communication
and the founding director of the Center for Political Communication; Anthony Middlebrooks,
associate professor in the Organizational and Community Leadership
Program in the School of Public Policy and Administration; and Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women and Gender Studies and professor of humanities.
In addition to the University’s faculty awards for teaching, two CAS
graduate students received Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching
awards for their work as teaching assistants: Jessica Conrad, doctoral student in the Department of English, and Zachary Voras, doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Watson also recognized the graduating seniors, both with majors in
the College of Arts and Sciences, who previously received awards from
the UD Alumni Association as the outstanding woman and man in the Class of 2015. Elizabeth Quartararo received this year’s Emalea Pusey Warner Award, and Mark Rucci received the Alexander J. Taylor Sr. Award.