I just got a message from Monika Shafi that Prof. Qaisar Shafi, my teacher and Ph. D. supervisor has been awarded a Faculty Excellence award at the University of Delaware. Here is the link.
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College of Arts and Sciences recognizes faculty excellence
1:49 p.m., May 21, 2008--Faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences were recognized with awards for excellence in teaching, service, research and advising, at a program held May 6 before a capacity crowd in the Hartshorn Theatre.
Dean Tom Apple presented the awards, which were selected by the College Senate Awards Committee.
Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies, received the Outstanding Teaching Award. "While her research and scholarship are prolific, her lectures and other presentations are in demand and her wit and style are legendary, it is for her teaching that we honor her today," Apple said. He quoted a nomination from one of her students who said, "I loved this class. I wish we could have it as a year-long class.”
Anthony Seraphin, assistant professor of mathematical sciences, was presented the Outstanding Service Award. Apple noted that Seraphin has served on various search committees for the Department of Mathematical Sciences, chairs the Educational Affairs Committee for the college, serves on the College Committee on Diversity in Faculty Recruitment and Retention and is on the AAUP Steering Committee.
Susan Groh, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, received the Outstanding Advisement Award. "In addition to teaching a full load, she advises 70-80 students per year," Apple said. She also advises Habitat for Humanity, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the St Thomas More Oratory Student Organization and serves on the advisory board of the HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Program and the Board of Senior Thesis Readers.
Qaisar Shafi, professor of physics, was presented the college's Outstanding Scholar Award. "Prof. Shafi has published over 180 papers in refereed journals," Apple said, "and his publication venues are the very best in his field; his citation index stands well over 6,000, and many of his papers are highly cited. In the past five years alone, he has delivered over 50 talks at major international conferences, schools and workshops while simultaneously collaborating with and training postdocs and Ph.D. students."
Apple also introduced two members of the college faculty who received University awards this year: Ken Haas, professor of sociology and criminal justice, and Patricia Sloane-White, assistant professor of anthropology, each received the University's Excellence in Teaching Award.
The program included a report by Apple on the highlights of the 2007-08 academic year and his goals for the future. Departments and programs also showcased their accomplishments at a reception after the event.