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Faculty Honors/Awards/Appointments & Rankings of AU 2011

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Faculty Honors/Awards/Appointments & Rankings of AU 2011

By Jonathan Tubman

Faculty Honors/Awards/Appointments 2011

Amitav Acharya (SIS), His book, Whose Ideas Matter: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism (Cornell, 2009), was one of the "five books selected by a jury panel of experts for their exceptional contributions to the understanding of contemporary Asia or US-Asia relations" for the Asia Society's Bernard Schwartz Book Award for 2010.

Akbar Ahmed (SIS), received the Muslim Journal’s 2011 Muslim Advancements in Civilization Award at their eight Annual Awards Dinner, Washington, DC

Mustafa Aksakal (CAS) received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2011–12; was awarded a fellowship by the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, for academic year 2011–12; and was awarded a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship for 2012-13. He will be using part of his research fellowship to complete a book which deals with the Ottomans and World War I.

Ronald Anderson (KSB) was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Doctoral Alumnus from Texas A&M University's Mays Business School. He graduated in 1996.

Fanta Aw, Office of Campus Life was elected for a second term to the board of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

H. Kent Baker (KSB) was ranked second out of 1,195 authors for his contributions to financial education in a recent study that evaluated the research records of scholars contributing to two financial education journals, Journal of Financial Education (JFED) and Financial Practice and Education (FPE).

Naomi Baron (CAS) was honored by the University of Maine–August as they launched their 2010–2011 academic theme "Communications in the Twenty-first Century." Baron delivered the convocation keynote address and her book Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World, was selected as the common text for many courses and campus events over the academic year.

Naomi Baron (CAS) was invited to join the editorial board of Discourse, Context and Media, a new journal published by Elsevier.

Scott Bass (SPA, Provost) received the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) prestigious Donald P. Kent Award. GSA, the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging, presented Bass the award recently during the society’s annual scientific meeting in Boston. Established in memory of Donald P. Kent for leadership in translating research findings into practical use, the honor is presented annually to a GSA member who best exemplified the highest standards for professional leadership in gerontology through teaching, service, and interpreting gerontology to the larger society.

Richard Bennett (SPA) received the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) 2011 Outstanding Mentor award for significant contributions to the professional development of students and colleagues, at their annual meeting in Toronto, Canada.

Kim Blankenship (CAS) received a Temple University sponsored UNDP Funded Research grant for her project "Law Enforcement and Gender-Based Violence Challenges and Opportunities for HIV Prevention."

Robin Broad (SIS) delivered the keynote speech "Back to the Future: Contemporary Issues in the Philippines," at the 50th anniversary celebration for returned Peace Corps volunteers from the Philippines, held in Washington, D.C.

W. Joseph Campbell (SOC) won the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi award, which honors the best in journalism research, for his 2010 book, Getting it Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism.

Jeff Colgan (SIS) is the 2011 recipient of the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs' Robert O. Keohane award, for his article "Oil and Revolutionary Governments: Fuel for International Conflict."

David Culver (CAS) was elected an AAAS Fellow. Fellows are members whose "efforts on behalf of the advancement of sciences or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished".

William DeLone (KSB) appointed an honorary professor at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Jeremiah Dittmar (CAS) has been invited to serve as a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in 2011-2012.

Robert Durant (SPA) has been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Public Affairs Education.

Larry Engel (SOC) was awarded the 2010 Kavli Science Journalism Award for In-Depth Reporting by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Engel was the director and director of photography for the series PBS series, Human Spark.

Danielle Evans (CAS) received an honorable mention in the 2011 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for book of short stories, Before You Suffocate Your Own Foul Self.

Lauren Feldman (SOC) was elected research chair of the Political Communication Interest Group at the annual AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) conference in St. Louis.

Daniel Fiorino (SPA) and Robert Durant (SPA) have been appointed editors of a new book series from Routledge Press on public administration and environmental sustainability.

Brian Forst (SPA) gave the keynote talk on terrorism to the State Department–sponsored team of 15 officials from the European Regional Group at Meridian House in Washington, D.C.

Max Paul Friedman (CAS) served on the State Department Foreign Service Selection Boards in May 2011.

Mary Garrard, professor emerita (CAS) received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

R. Garrett (SPA), His Congressional Research Service report, "Public Financing of Congressional Campaigns: Overview and Analysis," 2, 32, 2009, was cited by Justice Kagan in a dissenting opinion to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett.

Yuliya Gorenman (CAS) received a stellar review from the Washington Post for her recital No. 7 of the Gorenman Beethoven Project.

Jacqueline Grapin (KSB) received the title commandeur de L'Ordre National de Mérite, which is granted to both French and foreign nationals for achievements and service within France and abroad.

Sonya Grier (KSB) delivered the keynote address "Targeted Food Marketing to Latino Youth and the Obesity Epidemic" at the Salud American National Conference.

Claudio Grossman (WCL) was reelected to the United Nations Committee against Torture.

Gail Short Hanson (Campus Life) was nominated as a Pillar of the Profession by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Consuelo Hernandez (CAS) received the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies' James Street Prize in recognition of her scholarly excellence and for the best article published in the 2011 MACLAS' Latin American Essays.

Jocelyn Hill (Athletics) received the National Service Award from the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association at its national conference in New Orleans.

Joseph Hudson (Student Health Center) was named director at large on the board of directors of the District of Columbia Academy of Physician Assistants (DCAPA).

Peter Jaszi (WCL) was given the 2011 IP3 Award in the intellectual property (IP) category by Public Knowledge.

Robert Jernigan (CAS) won the American Statistical Association's 2011 Promoting the Practice and Profession of Statistics Video Competition.

Neil Kerwin (President) received the World Affairs Council's 2011 Educator of the Year Award at the Global Education Gala.

Neil Kerwin (President) was chosen for inclusion in the Irish Voice's 2011 Education 100, a listing of the leading figures in education across the United States.

Nanette Levinson (SIS) her syllabus for the course "Communication, Culture and Social Entrepreneurship" was named "one of the top ten most rigorous and innovative exemplars of the syllabi," by the program of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public (www.ashokau.orga>).

Eric Lohr (CAS) was awarded a National Council for Eurasian and East European Research fellowship for spring 2012.

Richard McCann (CAS) has been invited for a creative artist's residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy for November 2011 to work on his project The Resurrectionist: A Memoir.

Barry McCarthy (CAS) his book, Enduring Desire (Routledge 2010), coauthored with M. Metz, was the winner of the 2011 American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists award for best consumer book of the year.

Heather A. McDonald (CAS) won a $1000 Prize for best essay about food from the Creative Nonfiction Foundation for "How to Fix Everything," her first published work.

Kermit Moyer emeritus (CAS) his first novel, The Chester Chronicles, Permanent Press, 2010, was chosen to receive the 2011 PEN New England/L.L. Winship Award for fiction.

Robert Musil (SPA) delivered the commencement address and received a doctor of science (ScD), honoris causa, from Lincoln Memorial University in Appalachia.

Claudia Myers (SOC) was named by the District of Columbia Office of Motion Picture and Television Development as its October Filmmaker of the Month.

Ghiyath Nakshbendi was selected for a Fulbright grant at the University of Sfax, Tunisia.

Matthew Nisbet (SOC) was named one of 21 Google science communication fellows.

Chris Palmer (SOC) received the International Wildlife Film Festival Wildlife Hero of the Year Award at the Awards Gala celebrating the 34th IWFF.

Chris Palmer (SOC) delivered the 15th annual Wege Lecture at Aquinas College.

Scott Parker (CAS) was selected as a Fellow in the American Psychological Society, as well as in the Eastern Psychological Association.

Teresa Godwin Phelps (WCL) won the Terri LeClerq Courage Award at the recent American Association of Law Schools Conference in San Francisco.

Nancy Polikoff (WCL) was awarded the 2011 Dan Bradley Award from the National LGBT Bar Association.

Naima Prevots, professor emerita (CAS) was appointed adjunct professor for the master's program in dance at the Deutsche Sporthochshule, Cologne, Germany.

Jamin Raskin (WCL) is the recipient of the 2011 ACLU Henry W. Edgerton Civil Liberties Award for his distinguished career as an active defender and supporter of civil liberties.

Bill Resh (SPA) was awarded the 2011 Volcker Junior Scholar Research Award from the American Political Science Association for his project, Political Control, Managerial Trustworthiness, and Active Dyadic Trust: Antecedents of Intellectual Capital and Bureaucratic Discretion in Federal Agencies.

David Rosenbloom (SPA) was appointed editor in chief of the CRC/Taylor and Francis book series on public administration and public policy, the related CRC Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, and the American Society for Public Administration's series on public administration and public policy.

David Rosenbloom (SPA) was appointed to serve on the 2011 Presidential Rank Awards Board, U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

David Rosenbloom (SPA) gave the keynote address, "Dealing with Non-Mission Based Values in Performance Oriented Public Management," at the conference Public Management in the Coming Decade: China and the World, held at Fudan University, in Shanghai.

Jeffrey Schaler (SPA) His edited book, Peter Singer Under Fire: The Moral Iconoclast Faces His Critics, (Open Court 2009) was awarded "Outstanding Academic Title" status, philosophy category, by Choice magazine, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Richard Sha (CAS) has become a poetry editor for the Asian American Literary Review.

Bill Snape (WCL) was named swimming Coach of the Year by the North East Athletic Conference; he coaches the men's and women's teams from Gallaudet University and both won the 2011 NEAC swimming and diving title.

Stacey Snelling (CAS) was invited to a White House reception on July 29 with First Lady Michelle Obama to receive the Healthier US School Challenge award given to Kelly Miller Middle School as a result of Snelling's work with the school.

David Andrew Snider (CAS) was identified as one of 100 leaders who will join the prestigious National Arts Strategies' Chief Executive Program.

Alison Thomas (CAS) her essay “A Telescope at the Sky” was recognized as one of the “notable essays of 2010” in Best American Essay 2011. The essay was originally published in the spring 2010 issue of Fourth Genre.

Robert Tobias (SPA) received the 2011 Paul P. Van Riper Award for Excellence and Service by the American Society for Public Administration for significant contributions to both the academic and practitioner communities of public administration.

Katharina Vester (CAS) was awarded the Belasco Prize for Scholarly Excellence by the Association for the Study of Food and Society for her article "Regime Change: Gender, Class, and the Invention of Dieting in Post-Bellum America," in Journal of Social History.

Reginald Wells (SPA) was honored by Government Executive as the Chief Human Capital Officer of the Year in his role as Chief Human Capital officer at the Social Security Administration.

June Willenz (CAS) was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame for her lifetime career as a global human rights advocate.

Brian Yates (CAS) was reelected to a second three-year term as treasurer and board member of the American Evaluation Association.


The Best of Legal Times, November 2011 names: Best JD Program, American University, Washington College of Law ( #2); Best JD-MBA, American University( #2); Best Masters of Law Program (LL.M.), LL.M. in International Legal Studies, American University, Washington College of Law ( #1); and Best Clinical Program, American University, Washington College of Law (#1).

G.I. Jobs magazine has named American University as a Military Friendly School for 2012. G.I. Jobs ranked schools in the top 20% of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide.

CASE (The Council for Advancement and Support of Education) selected the Office of Development and Alumni Relations for a 2011 CASE Circle of Excellence Award for Overall Improvement.

With nearly 85 percent of its 2010 graduating seniors working as interns, American University topped's ranking of the Top-10 national universities producing the most interns.

American University is #82 on U.S. News & World Report's Best College 2012 Ranking. In addition, AU's Kogod School of Business is ranked #69 for undergraduate business and #21 for international business and AU is among "Programs to Look For" for Study Abroad.

Princeton Review released The Best 376 Colleges on August 1. Each category ranks the top 20 schools. AU earned mentions in three categories: Most Politically Active Students (#5); Best Career Services (#18); and, Great College Towns (#10). AU was also recognized on Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll for being one of 16 schools to earn the highest rating (99) for green initiatives.

Teach For America released its fourth annual ranking of the schools contributing the greatest number of graduating seniors to its teaching corps, and American University was among the top 20 medium colleges and universities. AU made its debut at 19th on the top contributors list in 2010. This year it holds steady with a tie at 19th, contributing 22 recent graduates to the incoming corps.

American University has been included in the 2012 revised and updated edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges. Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the top independent voice in college admissions, Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 is a selective, subjective, and systematic look at 300+ of the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain.

American University is #26 on the Sierra Club's list of America's Coolest Schools for sustainable initiatives. reported that Boston-based Her Campus Media, an online magazine for women college students, named American University one of its top 10 social media savvy schools.

The National Law Journal's Legal Times named Mary Kennard, American University's General Counsel, as one of Washington, D.C.'s top 20 most influential in-house lawyers.

American University was ranked several times in the 2012 US News & World Report's Graduate & Law School Guide released on March 15, 2011 for: Part-time Business Programs (#82); Education (#71); Law (#50); Law, Clinical Training (#2); Law, International (#5); Law, When Lawyers Rate Programs (#43); Law, Part-Time programs (#5); and, Law School Diversity (#7 tied).