For Immediate Release                                    Date: may 14, 2001

                                                                    Contact: Lezli Austen          

Reception honors UIS faculty achievements

SPRINGFIELD -- The University of Illinois at Springfield held its annual spring reception to recognize faculty achievements on  May 7. Presentations were made by UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen and Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Wayne Penn.

A Certificate of Special Distinction was presented to Pat Langley, professor of women’s studies and legal studies, in recognition of her contributions to campus, academic excellence, and leadership of the search committees that brought two chancellors – Ringeisen and his predecessor, Naomi B. Lynn -- to campus.

Reading from the certificate, Ringeisen noted in part that it was presented in appreciation of “outstanding contributions to campus governance, personnel policies, cultural diversity, women’s issues, and collective bargaining ... dedication to academic excellence, exemplary teaching record, significant contributions to legal studies and women’s studies ... and genuine interest in the growth and development of the university.”

In accepting the honor, Langley gave special thanks to Penn, who is retiring at the end of this month, noting in particular the “steady, thoughtful leadership” that has helped make him a “consummate administrator.”

“Wayne has been a model colleague,” she said, “a dedicated administrator and a wonderful mentor throughout his years at this institution. He will be sorely missed.”

Hazel Rozema, associate professor of communication, received the fourth annual Pearson Faculty Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has established a record of teaching excellence and supports his or her continuing development as a teacher and a scholar. The $5,000 stipend was established by a gift from Dr. Emmet and Mary Pearson, longtime benefactors of the campus.

Making the presentation, Ringeisen noted, “Dr. Hazel Rozema exemplifies this commitment to excellence in teaching and to the continuing enhancement of her classes with new insights and current technology. In a wide variety of courses integral to the communication program and beyond, she challenges students to confront issues imbedded in difficult social relationships. These courses relate issues of communications to the underlying social reality of race, gender, and class.” He noted that Rozema “challenges students to think beyond their zone of comfort. She receives outstanding evaluations from students who see her classes as a transforming experience.” Citing comments by one such student, Ringeisen quoted: “She de-mystified the seemingly insurmountable task of ‘thesis’ and instilled me with the confidence to pursue an independent research project.” He added that Rozema’s influence as a teacher extends beyond campus as she encourages students to continue their studies and is informally mentoring several who have entered Ph.D. programs.

Allan Cook, associate professor of teacher education, received the third Spencer Award for Faculty Service, made in honor of Sangamon State University’s founding president, Robert Spencer. The $5,000 award for professional development is made to a faculty member with a cumulative record of public service and service to the campus community.

Said Ringeisen, “Dr. Cook has been a model citizen on campus, in the community, and in the field of education. On campus, he has been an outstanding leader in his academic program, supporting cooperative ventures with the educational leadership program in its online initiative, serving as adviser to the Student Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi, and as liaison to Lincoln Land in teacher education matters.”

Ringeisen also noted Cook’s support for campus initiatives in online learning, enhancement of diversity, and improvement of governance, adding, “He has been particularly active in raising issues of sexual diversity and in supporting the development of related interest groups.”

Cook has supported the Springfield Association for Retarded Citizens and has helped the Marcus Garvey School incorporate computer learning. He has also served as chair of the Technology in Teaching and Learning Group of the Association of Teacher Educators, has created a department web site that serves as a forum for the exchange of information among the elementary and secondary school teachers in the region, and has represented UIS in the HIV/Aids project sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Health Education.

“Alan Cook has demonstrated excellence in citizenship, rendering outstanding service to the university, to his discipline, and to the educational community and has provided a worthy role model for future educators and community advocates,” said Ringeisen.

A number of faculty members were recognized in their efforts by receiving recommendations for promotion, tenure, and sabbatical leave.

Recommended for tenure and promotion to associate professor were Karen Moranski, English; and Vibert White, African-American studies.

Sabbatical leaves were granted to: Kathryn Eisenhart, associate professor, legal studies, to conduct research on Chinese law and prepare portions of a book on the subject. The book is intended for English speakers who are living or working in China for extended periods of time.

Ronald Havens, professor, psychology, to prepare a revised edition of Hypnotherapy Scripts: A Neo-Ericksonian Approach to Persuasive Healing, first published in 1989 and still in use in the field.

David Jenkins, associate professor, biology, to complete preparation of scholarly publications based on research in aquatic ecology and wetlands biology that he and his graduate students have completed or are currently working on.

Donald O’Neal, associate professor, management, to prepare a practical guide to strategic management for use by both educators and practitioners in management.

Stephen Schwark, associate professor, political studies, to conduct research on the impact of President Jimmy Carter’s religious beliefs on his Middle Eastern diplomacy.

Hammed Shahidian, associate professor, sociology/anthropology, to complete his current research on the gender dynamics of political activism and exile and to produce a book-length manuscript on this topic.

All promotions, tenure, and sabbatical leaves are approved by the University of Illinis Board of Trustees. A reception recognizing faculty scholarship and creative work is held each fall.