NCAS Faculty Honored for Teaching, Research, Service and Diversity Initiatives

Four NCAS faculty members who have made outstanding contributions in the classroom and their discipline were honored during a May 2 reception at the Rutgers University Visitor Center, in New Brunswick.

They were honored along with a host of additional Rutgers University faculty.

Carolyn Williams, chair of the Department of English in Rutgers' School of Arts and Sciences, also offered a tribute to President Richard L. McCormick and his wife Joan for their contributions to the university.

Jayne Anne Phillips, director of NCAS’ MFA in Creative Writing Program, received the Rutgers Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award, honoring her for her stellar literary achievements that illuminate the stories of individuals struggling against the difficulties of life, as well as her intelligence and generosity as a teacher, editor, and mentor of students.

Mauricio Delgado, associate professor in the NCAS Department of Psychology, won the Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence. He was honored for his contributions to our understanding of the interaction of emotion and cognition during learning and decision-making.

Virginia Tiger and Frances Bartkowski, professors in the NCAS Department of English, received the Leaders in Diversity Award. They were honored for their work as chairs of the Department of English at Rutgers-Newark. Tiger served from 2004 to 2010, and Bartkowski has served from 2010 to the present. Their leadership has contributed to a significant increase in the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of the faculty, as well as in its scholarly achievements, demonstrating conclusively that diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand.

See original story here, by Andrea Alexander.