2014 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Dr. Sara Al-Dahir

Dr. Sara Al-Dahir

Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences

Dr. Al-Dahir , a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences in the College of Pharmacy, has a strong commitment to teaching and student learning. While working with students in a trauma intensive care unit, she focuses on ethical practices as she prepares future pharmacists for the types of situations that they will face. Students have commented on her availability and her compassion, with one student saying, "she breaks complicated matters down so that each student can meaningfully learn concepts and practices." In her desire for the continuous improvement characteristic of an exceptional teacher, Dr. Al-Dahir participates regularly in programs sponsored by Xavier's Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Dr. Lisa Schulte-Gipson

Dr. Lisa Schulte-Gipson

Department of Psychology

Dr. Schulte-Gipson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Schulte-Gipson strives to provide students with a learning environment that involves high standards that are integrated into a nurturing and supportive classroom environment. Students and colleagues comment on her approachability and effectiveness as a teacher. Dr. Schulte-Gipson expects her students – no matter what the course or what the level – to make a sincere attempt to understand and contemplate the material before they ask questions. At the end of each semester, she studies the effectiveness of her various teaching innovations to ensure that any change she makes improves her teaching effectiveness.

2014 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

Dr. Maryam Foroozesh

Dr. Maryam Foroozesh

Department of Chemistry

Dr. Foroozesh is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chairs the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Over the years, she has served the department, the division, the college, the university, and the community. She is a person who does not say no. She is always willing to assist in any way she can – big or small, recognized or hidden. Dr. Foroozesh has served on more than twenty university committees and eight department committees. She has mentored new faculty members, served as the principal investigator on a number of major grants, and frequently provided peer-reviews for chemistry journals. Dr. Foroozesh has the unique ability to bring a group of individuals with diverse ideas together and provide leadership in such a way that a consensus can be formed. This leadership was evident when she led the committee that developed the University's Quality Enhancement Plan for O our most recent Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation.

2014 WINNERS • EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP

Dr. Syreeta Tilghman

Dr. Syreeta Tilghman

Division of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Tilghman is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences whose scholarship focuses on responses of breast cancer cells to certain therapies. Since joining Xavier as a faculty member in 2010, Dr. Tilghman and her associates have published 14 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented 12 abstract poster presentations at national and international conferences. She has been invited to present her research findings at four different conferences. She was awarded a highly-competitive grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue her work. In addition, Dr. Tilghman has mentored eleven students at Xavier – two high school students, four undergraduates, one medical student, and four pharmacy students. These students have either published papers or have presented at conferences.

Dr. David Lanoue

Dr. David Lanoue

English Department

Dr. Lanoue is a Professor in the English Department and Chair of the Division of Fine Arts and Humanities. His scholarship includes both creative works and literary studies. One of his research areas has been the translation of Japanese Haiku poetry – a task that requires critical knowledge of Japanese culture, literary history, and the ability to translate the concepts and nuances intended by the original poet. Dr. Lanoue has published over 150 poems that have appeared in magazines and anthologies, book reviews, AND conference papers. His translations have produced four books, in addition, to his other translations appearing in nine other books, journals, musical compositions, numerous websites, and one oil painting. His work is recognized throughout the world.