College of Health, Education and Human Development

HEHD Awards of Excellence

The College of Health, Education, and Human Development is pleased to announce six Awards of Excellence this year recognizing outstanding faculty and staff members who consistently excel in their positions and demonstrate exemplary contributions to students, the College, and its mission. The six awards reflect the varied dimensions of the faculty and staff roles and the potential to excel in teaching; research, scholarship, and creative accomplishment; advising and mentoring; and service and outreach. Our awardees received a framed certificate, $250.00 in faculty development funds, and the awardees names will be placed on a permanent plaque in the first floor lobby of Edwards Hall.

Award of Excellence in Research - Khoa Truong, Ph.D.

Award of Excellence in Research - Khoa Truong, Ph.D.

Khoa Truong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Nominees for the Award of Excellence in Research are faculty members who demonstrate excellence in asking questions of importance, systematically obtain answers to the questions, and share the results of this process in appropriate public forums. Quotes about this year’s award winner:

  • “He addresses issues of practical importance in his research and has been very successful in sharing his research through publication and presentation to shape policy.”
  • “He is a leader in research efforts, yet consistently recognizes the work of others before his own.”
  • “He has a passion for research.  It is what he loves to do and so far, in my opinion, he has excelled.”

Award of Excellence in Service and Outreach - Sarah Griffin, Ph.D.Award of Excellence in Service and Outreach - Sarah Griffin, Ph.D.

Sarah Griffin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Nominees for the Award of Excellence in Service and Outreach are faculty or staff members who have demonstrated that they share with others and facilitate collaborative efforts to solve problems. Quotes from letters of support for this year’s award winner:

  • “Her involvement in the community includes leading collective efforts to address local health issues through the Pendleton Health and Heritage Walking Trail, evaluating community-based health programs, and providing training to local health practitioners.
  • “She demonstrates an ability to motivate and support students in the development of valuable learning experiences.
  • “Her passion for research involving outreach and service is infectious, and students seek her out as a mentor.
  • "She integrates her teaching and research with service and is an excellent role model for young faculty interesting in incorporating service-learning and outreach into their professional career.”

Award of Excellence in Teaching - Kathleen Meyer, M.S.Award of Excellence in Teaching - Kathleen Meyer, M.S.

Kathleen Meyer is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Nominees for the Award of Excellence in Teaching are faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in sharing knowledge with, eliciting insight of, and promoting informed action by learners. Quotes from letters of support for this year’s award winner:

  • “She is one of a few teachers who have impacted my life to a profound extent.”
  • “I have been impressed by her compassion and commitment.”
  • “She serves as a guide to her students as they negotiate the bridge from student to intern and oftentimes into the real world.”
  • “Her innovative and broad approach towards teaching allows her to connect with students in a truly unique way.”

Award of Excellence for Innovation - Tracy Fasolino, Assistant Professor, School of NursingAward of Excellence for Innovation - Tracy Fasolino, Ph.D.

Tracy Fasolino is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing.  Nominees for the Award of Excellence for Innovation are faculty or staff members who have shared expertise through creating innovative practices, policies, or procedures which deliver outstanding benefit to teaching, research, and/or service/outreach. Quotes from letters of support for this year’s award winner:

  • “Her teaching, research and support of students and faculty demonstrates what she values… which includes working collaboratively, leading creatively, demonstrating resilience and an entrepreneurial spirit, possessing global perspective, promoting lifelong learners, appreciating diversity, and understanding global economy.
  • “Her endeavors lead students toward possessing skills necessary to work collaboratively with individuals, families and community groups from diverse backgrounds.”

Award of Excellence in Graduate Student Advising/Mentoring - Stephanie Davis, Assistant Professor & Graduate Coordinator, School of NursingAward of Excellence in Graduate Student Advising/Mentoring - Stephanie Davis, Ph.D.

Stephanie Davis is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the School of Nursing.  Nominees for the Award of Excellence in Graduate Student Advising/Mentoring are faculty or staff members who demonstrate that they advise, counsel, and mentor students in developing their personal goals and professional careers. Quotes from letters of support for this year’s award winner:

  • “She has demonstrated a commitment to mentoring graduate students by meeting with them before and after class and on other days.”
  • “She is always looking for opportunities to assist students in their professional growth.”
  • “She is a team player and has a cooperative attitude and gentle approach to students and faculty peers.

Award of Excellence in Academic Advising - Kristin Goodenow, Director, HEHD Academic Advising CenterAward of Excellence in Academic Advising - Kristin Goodenow, M.S.

Kristin Goodenow is the Director of the HEHD Academic Advising Center.  Nominees for the Award of Excellence in Academic Advising are faculty and staff members who have demonstrated that they advise and counsel students in obtaining their personal and academic goals. Some quotes about this year’s award winner:

  • “She is very effective with students.  She presents needed information and fields questions with ease.”
  • “She is the faculty resource for advising questions.”
  • “She has a ‘can do’ attitude and encourages others to join her to get things done.”
  • “She is a team player and a leader who works to make sure the advising center works efficiently to address student needs.”
  • "She is an essential gem for the College of HEHD.”