2019-2020 Faculty Excellence Recipients
By Christine Nicolai
PLU Division of Natural Sciences
The Division of Natural Sciences swept this year's faculty ceremony, garnering 3 of the 4 prestigious awards.
Every year during the PLU Christmas Celebration, the university honors the accomplishments of faculty by presenting Faculty Excellence awards in the areas of teaching, advising, mentoring, and service. The recipient receives a certificate, an honorarium, and perhaps most meaningful, a citation explaining why they were chosen.
Recipients of the awards have been nominated and chosen by their colleagues, and those colleagues come together to craft the citation which outlines all of the recipient’s impressive achievements, stellar character traits, and admirable skills. Congratulations to Amy, Katie, and Tom. We’re lucky to have such incredible colleagues!
Faculty Excellence Award in Service
From Dr. Siegesmund’s citation:
A PLU colleague who has worked with Dr. Siegesmund in a number of contexts wrote, “It’s almost hard to believe that she has contributed to so many things in just 13 years at PLU. But this award isn’t about the amount of Amy’s service, impressive as the list might be. It is a recognition of the quality of her sustained commitment to improving both the PLU community and the broader scientific community through her service on and beyond campus.”
Faculty Excellence Award in Advising
From Dr. Hay’s citation:
As a first-year student newly acquainted with college-level physics, the student recalls sharing with Dr. Hay a dream of someday working for NASA. The student shared that, “Dr. Hay did everything she could to help me get there, and at the end of my sophomore year, I was presented with a wonderful opportunity to be a NASA intern. It was a dream come true for me, but it also seemed that it was a dream come true for her as well.”
Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching
From Dr. Edgar’s citation:
The student wrote, “Dr. Edgar makes every effort to get to know us beyond the student level. Not only does he listen to how we learn, how we study, and how nervous we are for an exam, he wants to know where we’re from, where we’re going, what our hobbies are, and what we enjoy in life. In my experience at PLU, I have never felt more appreciated, noticed, and understood than I do with Dr. Edgar.”