Faculty Excellence Awards for 2017 Announced

Four professors honored for outstanding contributions to teaching, scholarship and service.

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Four faculty members are the recipients of the 2017 Faculty Excellence Awards. Established in 2011, these awards honor exceptional achievement by faculty in teaching, scholarship and service. Each winner received a certificate and a $2,000 cash award during a presentation by Provost David Doughty.

Dr. Laura Puaca – Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching
Puaca is assistant professor of history and co-director of the minor in women's studies program.

"Dr. Puaca captures the versatility of a true liberal arts professor, teaching a wide variety of courses that range from introductory to graduate level," Doughty said. "Of particular significance is the work she has accomplished under the auspices of the Hampton Roads Oral History Project, bringing CNU students closer to the civil rights history of our local African-American community through service learning projects, research and outreach."

Dr. Nathan Busch – Faculty Excellence Award for Scholarship
Busch is professor of political science and co-directs CNU's Center for American Studies.

"Dr. Busch's work has broad appeal in academia and areas of public policy. His publications have earned the respect of high-ranking government officials, highlighting the quality of his scholarship," said Doughty.

Dr. Sheri Shuck-Hall and Dr. Jessica Thompson – Faculty Excellence Award for Service
Shuck-Hall is co-director of the Public History Center and associate professor of history. "Dr. Shuck-Hall has contributed greatly to the university through her extraordinary work at the Public History Center," said Doughty. "This center has contributed greatly to the success of students interested in public history work and has enhanced the university's relationship with local museums and public history foundations."

An associate professor in the Department of Organismal and Environmental Biology, Thompson "has contributed greatly to the success of the University through her work as the founding director of the Center for Effective Teaching," Doughty said.

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