Faculty Federation honors outstanding faculty and professional staff

UMass Dartmouth Faculty Federation honors outstanding faculty and professional staff at annual awards banquet The UMass Dartmuh Faculty Federation announced winners of the annual Scholars of the Year, Teacher of the Year and ESU Employee of the Year at its annual awards banquet held recently at the Hawthorne Country Club.

UMass Dartmouth Faculty Federation honors outstanding faculty and professional staff at annual awards banquet 

The UMass Dartmuh Faculty Federation announced winners of the annual Scholars of the Year, Teacher of the Year and ESU Employee of the Year at its annual awards banquet held recently at the Hawthorne Country Club. 

Faculty honored were professors Victor Mendes, Department of Portuguese, and James Bisagni, Department of Physics and the School for Marine Sciences and Technology, who shared the Scholar of the Year award; Magali Carrera, Chancellor Professor of Art History, who was named Teacher of the Year ; and Bruce Sparfven, assistant director of College Now, who was presented the ESU Service Award. 

Dr. Daniel Georgianna, president of the UMD Faculty Federation, also recognized the Massachusetts Federation of Teachers for support over the years, especially this year, he said. MFT staff receiving citations were: Kathy Kelley, president; Bert Latessa, field representative; Mike Canavan, government relations; Jay Porter, field representative; and Jeff Jacobsen, General Counsel. 

Professor Mendes was nominated by department chairman Prof. Frank Sousa, who praised Mendes scholarship record: He is the author of he book Almeida Garrett: Crisis in Representation (1999), considered by critics to constitute a paradigm shift in Portuguese Romanticism studies; editor of Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies, the semiannual academic journal published by the UMD Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, which recently received a glowing review in the Times Literary Supplement of London, arguably the most important literary weekly in the world. He is also General Editor of the Adamastor Book Series, whose inaugural issue, a collection of essays (in English translation) by Eduardo Lourenço, Portugal's most important cultural critic today, is at press. 

Physics department colleague Chancellor Professor Alan Hirshfeld, an astronomer, presented the award to Bisagni. In compiling the material for Jim's nomination, I was surprised to learn the similarities between the kind of scientific work Jim does as a physical oceanographer and I do as an astronomer. We both study relatively inaccessible realms, except that I look up, while Jim looks down.By the time he came to UMass Dartmouth in 1997, he had already established his scholarly reputation in the physical oceanography community, [but]his nomination for the Scholar of the Year Award was based on more than his distinguished record of scholarly achievement In an area that has important societal ramifications, Jim has compiled a unique Web-based oceanographic database that he has made available to fellow researchers. This huge database, representing a decade's worth of his research results so far, has been the starting point for a number of oceanographic studies by others. The value of this ever-expanding resource will only grow in the coming years. 

Teacher of the Year winner Magali Carrera, Chancellor Professor of Art History, was inominated by colleague Prof. Memory Holloway. Prof. Carrera , who teaches courses in the art of Mexico, Peru and Africa,and Feminist Theory is known among faculty and students for the engaging contact that she has with students and her interests in their welfare that reaches beyond the classroom... Wrote one stuident: She redefined what primitive was she questioned whether there even was such a thing, and she showed how these objects were undervalued by people from the west because they were unfamiliar. Because of her teaching, I see better and I know better. 

Dr. Norman Barber, director of multicultural student services and assessment, presented the ESU Service Award to Bruce Sparfven, who is also president of the Educational Services Unit (ESU), the union representing professional staff at UMass Dartmouth. 

Barber said: Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. As president of the Educational Services Unit and as an administrator and counselor with the College Now Program, there is no doubt that Bruce has faced many challenges and controversies. And yet, it has been the leader within the man that has enabled him to stand, endure, and overcome adversity.


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