University administrators honored 35 faculty members on Oct. 5 for their exceptional work in supporting CU Denver’s top mission: student success. The annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence Awards luncheon recognizes those who stand out in teaching, research, leadership, service and creative activities.
Chancellor Dorothy Horrell welcomed the awardees filling the Terrace Room of the Lawrence Street Center for the fall 2018 event, noting that student success inside and outside of the university’s walls reflects directly on the exceptional faculty.
“Your teaching and research are the foundation to creating a world-class student experience that supports our number one strategic priority of student success,” she said, commending all faculty for remaining competitive, particularly in their research roles. “It’s what sets us apart in providing our students with high-quality academics coupled with real-world experience.”
The honorees, who included an outstanding librarian and a faculty mentor, are nominated and selected by their colleagues, making the event even more meaningful, Horrell said. “You all should feel a great sense of pride knowing that your recognition is a reflection of your peers’ opinion of your work.”
Horrell acknowledged Gillian Silverman, associate professor of English and director of Women’s and Gender Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, for receiving the prestigious President’s Teaching Scholars award. The chancellor also thanked Bob Damrauer, special assistant to the provost, associate vice chancellor for research, and professor of chemistry, who presented the awards traditionally presented by Provost Rod Nairn. Nairn was out of town.