Peer recognition for outstanding faculty

Three UMSI faculty received special recognition at the school’s May faculty meeting.

The UMSI Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service has been re-named the Michael D. Cohen Outstanding Service Award, in honor of Professor Michael Cohen, who retires at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year. “He is a peerless role model of selfless service to the school’s mission,” said Dean Jeff MacKie-Mason, in making the announcement.


This year’s Michael D. Cohen Outstanding Service Award went to Professor Elizabeth Yakel. Over the past two years, she has borne an unusually high service load, according to MacKie-Mason, and “has carried out all these responsibilities with commitment and diligence.” Her service work including chairing the curriculum committee, coordinating the Preservation of Information specialization, helping secure funding for a PI practicum, and serving on the dean’s advisory committee.


Assistant professor Mark Newman received the annual Outstanding Teaching award. In addition to his high student evaluation scores, MacKie-Mason cited his willingness to take on the heavy workload of an expanding enrollment in human-computer interaction core classes, his diplomatic skills, and his initiative in producing a report suggesting ways to restructure the HCI curriculum. The recipient of this award traditionally presents a guest lecture for the UMSI community the following fall.


Posted May 4, 2012