Distinguished Faculty Award Honorees

Congratulations to three CASL faculty members: Suzanne Bergeron, Stanley Weed, and Sheryl Edwards for receiving 2016 Distinguished Faculty Awards. The awards will be presented at the 34th annual UM-Dearborn Honor Scholars and Faculty Awards Ceremony on March 22.


2016 Eugene V. Arden Interdisciplinary Research/Teaching Award

Suzanne Bergeron, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Social Sciences in the Department of Social Sciences and College-Wide programs in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, is the recipient of the Eugene V. Arden Interdisciplinary Research/Teaching Award.  As a productive and collaborative scholar she shares her expertise and enthusiasm with faculty, staff and students. Her efforts have transformed our campus.

Dr. Bergeron holds a Ph.D. in Economics, but her research in the field of gender and global development integrates insights from across the disciplines, particularly in political science, anthropology, geography and ethics. Arriving on our campus in 1989, she has taught in the Women’s and Gender Studies, Economics, Political Science, Environmental Studies, Honors, and Master’s in Liberal Studies programs.  Her students rave about her courses, because she radiates the importance of keen and critical thinking.

She is the author of Fragments of Development and Gender, Power and International Development as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her research crosses the “borderlands” between disciplines, and effectively “translates” ideas into language that can be understood and utilized in new ways. This is interdisciplinary work at its best, empowering research and analytical innovation.

She has won numerous awards for her research and teaching, and is the recipient of the UM-Dearborn Distinguished Teaching Award, Susan B. Anthony Award, and Distinguished Service Award. She also received UM-Ann Arbor’s Sarah Goddard Power Award for her research, teaching and service contributions to gender equity.

She has tirelessly worked to promote other faculty, disciplines and students to consider and create interdisciplinary courses and programs- a learning community. Sought out for her ideas, enthusiasm, and ability to communicate across the knowledge spectrum, she exemplifies an interdisciplinary scholar.

(Named after the university’s first chief academic officer, the Eugene Arden Interdisciplinary Research/Teaching Award is given in alternate years to honor faculty who have compiled a record of excellence in interdisciplinary research or teaching. While a significant publication or pedagogical innovation might prompt a nomination, recipients of the award will have demonstrated a commitment to interdisciplinary research and/or teaching over an extended period.)


2016 Distinguished Teaching Award (Lecturer)

Stanley Weed, LEO Lecturer II in the Department of Literature, Philosophy, and The Arts, is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award in the lecturer category.

Dr. Weed has been a lecturer in the Art History Discipline for over 13 years. During that time he has taught over 10 different courses at the undergraduate level and supervised multiple independent study projects with students. Faculty praise Stanley for his range in teaching courses focused on the Medieval period as well as courses about the Northern Renaissance and Baroque periods. He has also been an active participant in the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program.  Dr. Weed created a new interdisciplinary course, Women in Medieval Art and Religion, that includes material from his ongoing research agenda and that encourages CASL students from many disciplines to think critically about history, art, religion, and the social roles of women across centuries.  Dr. Weed has published a number of articles and presented papers at conferences since he began teaching at UM-Dearborn in 2002.  He draws high praise from students in all of his classes, including the introductory surveys of Western Art and a survey of Western Architecture. He conveys his love and enthusiasm for the material to his students, encouraging them to make connections between ideas and iconography. In fact, his teaching has led many students to declare their majors in Art History, including tonight’s Art History Honor Student, Mary Smith.  Dr. Weed’s success as a teacher has been observed by his faculty peers, also. Dr. Weed leads field trips to introduce UM-Dearborn students to area museums and to the rich history of architecture in the region, making the art and culture of the Medieval world a vibrant part of students’ own lives and environment.

(The Distinguished Teaching Award is given to faculty members whose teaching record illustrates effectiveness in the classroom and the revitalization of courses and curriculum; interaction with students outside the classroom, as mentor, advisor, or group participant; professional growth as a teacher; and, commitment to undergraduate and/or graduate education.)




2016 Collegiate Lecturer Award

Sheryl Edwards, LEO Lecturer II of political science in the Department of Social Sciences in the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters, is the recipient of the Collegiate Lecturer Award.

Teaching is part of Sheryl Edward’s DNA.  She has taught an array of political science courses since joining our faculty in January of 2002.  Students consistently rave about her courses and, once they’ve had her in an introductory course, seek out future courses where she can guide them on their intellectual journey.  Despite a high teaching load, Sheryl brings great energy to each course.  She consistently modifies courses to integrate new content, teaching methods, or assessment tools.  Though the large number of students she teaches might lead some to opt for less rigorous assessments, the piles of blue books she’s often seen carrying down the halls evince Sheryl’s rejection of this approach.  It is comforting to know that Sheryl is an integral part of our teaching faculty.

Dedication to enhancing our political science curriculum is another of Sheryl’s distinguishing traits.  She has identified valuable changes to courses, contributed thoughtfully to the reconfiguration of our major, prepared applications to have POL courses included in the Dearborn Discovery Core, aided development of our program assessment, and enthusiastically integrated service learning opportunities into her classes. More difficult to document, but equally important, are the many subtle ways that Sheryl has affected how we approach teaching and curriculum.  She continuously reflects on her own teaching, seeks input from colleagues, and frequently revamps courses that she could easily keep teaching as she has in the past.  In the process, she has initiated countless conversations among our faculty members regarding how to improve learning experiences for our students.   Her commitment to continuous improvement is a model for her colleagues. She laments evaluation scores that many of us would envy.

Service to the University further defines Sheryl Edwards.  Her contributions over the years are too numerous to document here, but a brief summary of recent activities is illustrative.    Sheryl has served on the campus Bookstore Committee, serves as a mentor for the Women’s Resource Center, volunteered for activities coordinated as part of the campus’s Martin Luther King Jr. day of service; staffed departmental tables at the Fall Open House and other campus events; and served as a lead contract negotiator and Dearborn Chair for LEO, advisor to the HUB for Teaching and Learning Resources, faculty sponsor for the Secular Student Alliance and the Political Science Association (PSA), and advisor to the student Social Justice League.  Sheryl attends all discipline meetings and departmental meetings, and is on campus more than most tenure-stream faculty members.  She is always willing to lend a hand to further student learning or other needs of the department and college.  She has done all of this despite her status as a Lec II, which does not require service to the University. 

These traits have endeared Sheryl to members of the Social Sciences Department. Her colleagues—LEO faculty and tenure-stream faculty, new and veteran faculty, faculty and staff—truly value Sheryl’s counsel, attentiveness, and company.  She is a key member of our department who truly warrants recognition as the 2016 Collegiate Lecturer.

(The Collegiate Lecturer Program is designed to recognize exceptional lecturers.  The award is given to lecturers whose teaching record illustrates excellence in the classroom and the revitalization of courses and curriculum; interaction with students outside the classroom, as mentor, advisor, or group participant; professional growth as a teacher; and, commitment to undergraduate or graduate education. One award will be given annually.)