2021 Faculty Award Recipients Named

March 15, 2021

See who is named the best of the best for the 2020-2021 academic year.

UM-Dearborn is known for faculty who go above and beyond in the classroom and in industry. Even during a pandemic, professors continued to do outstanding work in teaching, service and research.

"Every year UM-Dearborn has an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate faculty for outstanding performance in teaching, service and research. It gives me great pleasure to announce this year's distinguished recipients of awards in all categories," said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Sue Alcock.

Photo of Professor Rashmi Luthra
Photo of Professor Rashmi Luthra
Professor Rashmi Luthra

The 2021 recipient of the Academic Citizenship Award is:

Professor Rashmi Luthra, Department of Language, Culture, and Communication, CASL

Photo of CASL Lecturers Samia Al-Qaisi and Kristi Stewart
Photo of CASL Lecturers Samia Al-Qaisi and Kristi Stewart
Lecturers Samia Al-Qaisi and Kristi Stewart

The 2021 recipients of the Collegiate Lectureship are:

Samia Al-Qaisi, Department of Natural Sciences, CASL (Lecturer IV)
Kristi Stewart, Department of Language, Culture, and Communication, CASL (Lecturer II)

Photo of Assistant Professor Maya Barak
Photo of Assistant Professor Maya Barak
Assistant Professor Maya Barak

The 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Digital Education Award is:

Assistant Professor Maya Barak, College-Wide Programs, CASL

Photo of CECS Professor Wencong Su
Photo of CECS Professor Wencong Su
Associate Professor Wencong Su

The 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Research Award is:

Associate Professor Wencong Su, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, CECS

Photo of Assistant Professor Kristin Poling and Professor Kamalesh Kumar
Photo of Assistant Professor Kristin Poling and Professor Kamalesh Kumar
Assistant Professor Kristin Poling and Professor Kamalesh Kumar

The 2021 recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Awards are:

Assistant Professor Kristin Poling, Social Sciences Department, CASL
Professor Kamalesh Kumar, Department of Management Studies, COB

In addition to giving congrats, Alcock expressed deep appreciation for the committee members who reviewed nominations.

Academic Citizenship Award Committee: Susan Baker, Jeffrey Bouwman, Barbara Klein, Lisa Martin and Bruce Maxim

Collegiate Lectureship Committee: Sheryl Edwards, Chris Samfilippo, David Sobiechowski, Anne Thomson and Edward Williams

Distinguished Digital Education Award Committee: Susan Baker, Jeffrey Bouwman, Barbara Klein, Lisa Martin and Bruce Maxim

Distinguished Research Award Committee: Jorge Gonzalez del Pozo, Taehyun Shim, Vivek Singh, Claudia K. Walters and Ya Sha Yi

Distinguished Teaching Award Committee: Armagan Bayram, Brian Green, Gerald Holowicki, Patricia K. Smith and Julie Taylor

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