Faculty, Staff Awards Announced as Simpson Begins New Academic Year

Simpson kicked off the start of the 2017-18 academic year by recognizing three faculty members and one staff member with major awards.

*Pat Singer, professor of Biology, received the Exemplary Teaching Award. The award was established in 2012 to recognize faculty members who exemplify excellence in teaching, civility and concern for students and colleagues, as well as a commitment to students, the institution and the community.

Singer has been at Simpson since 1982. She was named the Distinguished Research faculty award winner in 2001 and the Campus Leadership Award winner in 2004.

*Justin Brown, assistant professor of Biology, was named the 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Junior Faculty Award.

Brown joined Simpson’s faculty in 2011. “He regularly and methodically practices self-reflection and seeks improvement in every course that he teaches,” Simpson President Jay Simmons said in announcing Brown’s award. “This has led to high student achievement and satisfaction as well as his own significant professional growth.”

*Carolyn Dallinger, professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice, was recognized for the Campus Leadership Award for 2016-17.

A member of the Simpson faculty since 2003, Dallinger has worked on a number of campus projects, including a new MACJ degree program, service learning and the March to End the “Isms,” held on campus every year. She was the Distinguished Junior Faculty award winner in 2009.

*Manda Gibson, Media Service Coordinator, received the Staff Service Award, which was established in 2015 to recognize staff members who demonstrate service to the College beyond their typical job duties.

Gibson’s nomination letter included the following: “She makes others shine, whether it is quietly helping a faculty or staff member look professional in their use of the IT equipment or jumping in and helping students produce professional quality videos for their Ted Talk event.”