Faculty Awards 2016-2017
The purpose of this award is to recognize those members of our faculty who have contributed outstanding professional service to the university and/or the community. Service is defined as the contribution of the faculty member's expertise in his or her discipline to worth while efforts of the university and
community, and the educational, environmental, business and economic life of the community.
Dr. Hassan Hassani
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Hassani is finishing his 23rd year at CSU. He has contributed to many campus and local efforts in the area of Mathematics. Since 1993, Dr. Hassani has helped many adult students returning to college through his service to the Adult Re-entry Program. He has also chaired and served on several key university committees including the Comprehensive Program Review Committee, Retention, Progression, and Graduation Committee, Arnold Hall Renovation Committee, and numerous others. In the community, he has contributed to the Special Olympics and has also consistently been a helping hand for multiple disability service programs. Her service
is far reaching with one of his recent activities as editor/reviewer for Global Teen Challenge. Dr. Hassani continues to make an impact
in the community with his involvement in Mathematics Education.
Faculty Research and Scholarship
The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding efforts by the faculty members in research and scholarship. The award is meant to celebrate the value
of these activities, particularly for their role in contributing to the faculty's intellectual growth. It implicitly recognizes the role of research and scholarship in
the enhancement of faculty member's teaching and service capabilities.
Dr. Becky Becker
Professor, Theatre / Interim Director of the Center for International Education
Dr. Becky Becker is Professor of Theatre and Interim Director for Columbus State University's Center for International Education
where she coordinates the International Studies Certificate. In addition to teaching Theatre History, Dramaturgy, Devising
Performance and Playwriting, she teaches Introduction to International Studies and Cross-Cultural Learning at Columbus State University. Her directing credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Laramie Project, Eurydice, Caroline, or Change, The Old Ship of Zion, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, Tartuffe, and most recently, Fiddler on the Roof. She has also conceived, written, and directed several oral history performances, including Westville: Collected Lives and Bibb City: Collected Lives From a Mill Town. Her research interests include cross-cultural theatre, inter-cultural communication, and embodied cognition.
This award recognizes a faculty member whose commitment might be demonstrated through activities designed to advance the quality and practice of teaching
and learning, uses teaching strategies to enhance student learning, and a strong commitment to fostering the academic success of students through interaction
with students outside of the classroom.
Dr. Franklin Mixon
Professor, Economics / Director of the Center for Economic Education
Dr. Franklin Mixon currently teaches principles of macroeconomics and principles of microeconomics, in addition to a course in economics in the Turner College's M.S.program in Organizational Leadership. He has published numerous studies in pedagogical journals, including the Journal of Economic Education, International Review of Economics Education (the top two journals in the field), the Journal of Economics and Finance Education, and Australasian Journal of Economics Education. Dr. Mixon currently serves on the editorial boards of Perspectives on Economic Education Research and the Journal of Economics & Finance Education.
Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
This award recognizes a faculty member who has engaged in the systematic examination of issues about student learning and instructional conditions which
promote the learning, building on previous scholarship, uses strategies for investigating and evaluating the impact of teaching practice on student learning.
Dr. Rania Hodhod
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Dr. Rania Hodhod teaches and supervises undergraduate and graduate students. Her research interests span a range of areas, such as Intelligent Systems, Machine Learning, Educational Games, and Computational Creativity. She has published over 40 reference articles and conference papers in these areas. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher of Writing Award and the Graduate Faculty Award (2014-2015), Faculty Writing Fellowship (2015-2016), and LeadCSU Fellowship (2016-2017). Dr. Hodhod earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of York, UK in Media Lab and the Entertainment Intelligence Lab at Georgia Tech University.
Excellence in Online Teaching
The CSU Excellence in Online Teaching Award recognizes a faculty member's strong commitment to quality online teaching and learning. The criteria for selection include demonstration of teaching, service and scholarly activities designed to advance the quality of online teaching and learning; the use of effective and
innovative online teaching practices that result in student engagement, student satisfaction, and effectiveness in achieving desired learning outcomes; and an extraordinary commitment to fostering the academic success of online students through the development of rapport with individual learners in and beyond the virtual classroom. The winner of this award serves as CSU's nominee for the USG Regents' Teaching Excellence Award for Online Teaching, and receives a certificate and $1,500 sponsored by the Faculty Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.
Dr. Radhouane Chouchane
Associate Professor, Computer Science
Dr. Radhouane Chouchane has taught numerous computer security classes, supervised two Master's theses and served as the research advisor for a number of undergraduate and graduate students who succeeded at getting their work published. He served
for several years as the School's Director of the Graduate Programs and Associate Director of the Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. He is currently serving as the Academic Liaison and Retention Chair for the School's STARS Computing Corps, which promotes diversity in computing. Dr. Chouchane is the recipient of the 2014 Chappell Graduate Faculty Award and a nominee for the 2017 Educator of the Year Award.
Chappell Graduate Faculty Award
This award recognizes a graduate faculty member's positive impact on teaching techniques and pedagogies on student learning and the congruence of the department or program goals and philosophy withe the graduate faculty member's goals and strategies for making a positive difference in the academic success of graduate students.
Dr. Kevin Burgess
Associate Professor, Biology
Dr. Kevin Burgess received his Ph.D. from the University of Guelph in Canada and has held Post-Doctoral Fellowships at the University of Virginia and the University of Toronto. Since arriving at CSU in 2008, he has published eight peer-reviewed journal articles in high-impact, international journals. He has established a vigorous research program in pure and applied Ecological Genetics, mentoring seven graduate research theses and 15 undergraduate research projects. Dr. Burgess has presented at more
than 10 international and regional meetings and has given invited seminars at the University of Georgia, Emory University, North Georgia College and State University, Georgia State University, and Auburn University where he now holds an Adjunct position.
International Educator of the Year
This award recognizes and rewards a faculty or staff members who has made significant contributions to the university's internationalization and to the
international learning outcomes of our students.
Dr. John Finley
Professor / Department Chair, Marketing & Management
Dr. Finley teaches international business and has developed, led and/or participated in 10 study abroad programs (Brazil,
Costa Rica, France, and Spain). His experience and contributions in international education include promotion of internationalization and global learning for the CSU community. He has served on the International Education Committee since 2005. Service of this committee includes visiting scholar selection, participation on the International Education Fee Advisory committee, International Learning Community promotion, and Ad Hoc committee - study abroad photo contests.
Educator of the Year
This award is presented by the Student Government Association to recognize and promote teaching excellence among the faculty of the university. Awardees are nominated by students and evaluated on the basis of knowledge, consistency, dependability, and creativity.
Dr. Edward O'Donnell
Associate Professor, Marketing
Dr. O'Donnell is an associate professor of Marketing in the Turner College of Business. Prior to returning to the University of Akron for his master's degree in Accounting and a Ph.D. in Marketing from Kent State University, he had over twelve years of project management experience in the aircraft and hydraulic industries. After graduating in 2005, he taught doctoral courses in survey research methods and advanced regression analysis and participated and directed doctoral student research at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). His current research interests involve international product strategy, sales management, and inter-organizational business relationships. He is a past recipient of Syracuse University's Experiential Classroom Outstanding Case Teaching Award and the UTEP Best Paper Award. He has research published in the Journal of Management Studies, the Marketing.