2010 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Dr. Farrah Gafford

Dr. Farrah Gafford

Department of Sociology

Dr. Gafford earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Tulane University in 2008. Her research examines how residents in New Orleans use institutions and organizations to maintain community solidarity in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since coming to Xavier, Dr. Gafford has taught African American Urban Life, Black Family, Sociology of the Family, and Urban Sociology. Her favorite part of teaching is helping students see that sociology can transcend the classroom and be used in understanding their everyday lives.

Dr. Bonnie Noonan

Dr. Bonnie Noonan

Department of English

Dr. Noonan received her Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University in May, 2003. Her teaching experience includes developmental, first and second levels of freshman composition, non-fiction writing, business and technical communication, introduction to world literature, and honors English. Dr. Noonan has also served the University as Composition Coordinator for the English Department. Her publications include “Radical Teacher,” “When Life Gives You Lemons: Katrina as Subject,” “Thad: Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Technical Writing,” and “Love in the Composition Classroom.” She is currently working on Gender in the Science Fiction Films of the Sixties and Seventies, her follow-up book to Women Scientists in Fifties Science Fiction Films.

2010 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

Dr. Michael Adams

Dr. Michael Adams

Department of Chemistry

Dr. Adams received a Ph. D. in Inorganic Chemistry from The Ohio State University in 1990. He has served on numerous university and department committees including the University Academic Assembly Coordinating Committee, the QEP Design Committee, and the First-Year Experience Planning Team. Dr. Adams was recently appointed to a three-year term on the Society Committee on Education (SOCED) Task Force on Undergraduate Programming. Currently, he is the campus advisor for the American Chemical Society Chemistry Club.

2010 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP

Dr. Kun Zhang

Dr. Kun Zhang

Department of Computer Science

Dr. Zhang earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Tulane University in 2006. Her research and scholarly interests include Bioinfomatics, the application of computational and statistical methods to solving practical problems in the biological domain, and Data Mining. Dr. Zhang employs an interdisciplinary approach, working with collaborators and researchers in such fields as biology, chemistry, statistics and social science. Dr. Zhang has established fruitful collaborations with investigators having mutual interests and complementary expertise at IBM T.J Watson Research Center, Tulane Cancer Center, the University of New Orleans and the University of North Texas. She is the member of ACM, the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium and the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network.

Dr. Gary Donaldson

Dr. Gary Donaldson

Department of History

Dr. Donaldson received a Ph.D. in History from Louisiana State University in 1983. He is the author of numerous publications: The Making of Modern America: The Nation Since 1945 (2009); Modern America: A Documentary History of the Nation since 1945 (2007); The First Modern Campaign: The 1960 Presidential Campaign (2007); and Liberalism's Last Hurrah!: The Presidential Campaign of 1964 (2003), to name a few. His latest book manuscript, Politics in the Age of Eisenhower, is forthcoming.