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2019-2020 Faculty Excellence Recipients

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Four faculty members holding their awards

Image: All four winners of the 2019-2020 Faculty Excellence Awards.

January 3, 2020
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

Amy Siegesmund with Allan Belton
Associate Professor Amy Siegesmund, Biology

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.”

Read the complete citation here.

Faculty Excellence Award in Advising

Katie Hay with Allan Belton
Associate Professor Katie Hay, Physics

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.”

Read the complete citation here.

Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching

Tom Edgar with Allan Belton
Associate Professor Tom Edgar, Mathematics

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.”

Read the complete citation here.