2011 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Dr. Keturah Robinson

Dr. Keturah Robinson

Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences

Dr. Robinson completed her undergraduate work while serving eight years in the United States Marine Corps (Active Duty) prior to earning her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Xavier University of Louisiana. She is a dedicated faculty member who instructs future pharmacy leaders as they transition from professional school students into pharmacists and clinicians. Her students appreciate her progressive teaching style which combines traditional lectures with real-world experiences and activities. Dr. Robinson encourages her students to strive for excellence and innovation. This is achieved through mastery of material, problem solving, and critical thinking.

Dr. Murty Akundi

Dr. Murty Akundi

Department of Physics

Dr. Akundi earned a Ph.D. in Physics from Andhra University, India, 1971. With a teaching career that spans three decades, Dr. Akundi has taught almost every undergraduate physics course at Xavier. He exemplifies the student-centered faculty member and is known for his open-door policy, one-on-one tutoring, and group study sessions. Often described as a coach, Dr. Akundi is “pleasant and respectful but uncompromising in his expectations.” His assignments challenge students, pushing them to apply their conceptual knowledge and expand their understanding of the principles of physics.

2011 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

Dr. Anderson Sunda-Meya

Dr. Anderson Sunda-Meya

Department of Physics

Dr. Sunda-Meya earned a Ph.D. in Physics from North Carolina State University in 2007. He views service as “an extension of classroom” learning and has introduced a service-learning component into the three-course introductory general physics sequence. Dr. Sunda-Meya has been instrumental in generating more interest in Xavier’s physics program. He created a spring semester workshop, “Explore Physics and Engineering at Xavier,” for prospective students and re-designed the webpages for physics and engineering. His efforts have paid off in a significant increase in physics majors, from five in 2007 to twenty-six in 2010.

Mr. Clifford Wright

Mr. Clifford Wright

Division of Business

Mr. Wright earned a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern California University School of Law in 1990, and is also a Certified Public Accountant. Throughout his forty-year tenure at Xavier, Mr. Wright has served on numerous committees including the University Coordinating Committee, the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Council, the University Planning Council, and the Graduate Council, to name a few. He remains active in the Division of Business as a member of the High School Recruiting Committee and as moderator of the Business Scholar and Business Achievers Programs. Mr. Wright’s academic knowledge and institutional memory has earned him a reputation as the “go-to guy” in the Division of Business.

2011 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP

Dr. Partha Bhattacharjee

Dr. Partha Bhattacharjee

Department of Biology

Dr. Bhattacharjee earned a Ph.D. in Virology from the University of Liverpool, England, in 1994. He has co-authored over twenty peer-reviewed articles, attended numerous national and international conferences, and is an official reviewer of several scientific journals. His current research is focused on angiogenesis as it relates to tumor growth and eye diseases and the development of drugs to effectively treat these illnesses. Dr. Bhattacharjee has submitted two patent applications related to antiviral and anticancer treatment.

Dr. Mike Homan

Dr. Mike Homan

Department of Theology

Dr. Homan earned a Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of California, San Diego in 2000. Dr. Homan’s broad research interests focus on domestic life in the ancient near east. He has supervised six archaeological field excavations in the near east and regions that factor prominently in the development of ancient religions. He has authored several publications including To Your Tents, O Israel! The Terminology, Function, Form, and Symbolism of Tents in the Hebrew Bible and The Ancient Near East, for which he received the 2003 Frank Moore Cross Publications Award. Dr. Homan is a co-author of the Bible for Dummies and Over, Under, and Through the Bible: An Archaeological, Historical, and Satellite Handbook.