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2015 COEHS Excellence Awards Recipients

Every day, colleagues across the campus inspire us with their incredible talent, passion and commitment. This University-wide awards program is an opportunity to publicly recognize outstanding teaching, significant scholarly and artistic contributions, and dedication to furthering the mission of our University.


Valerie BoyerFaculty Mentor Award of Excellence for CoEHS

Valerie Boyer

Assistant Professor in Rehabilitation Institute and Director, The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (CURCA).


Outstanding Grad Assistant Teaching Award 

Dalia Chowdhury, Graduat Assistant in the Rehablititation Institution

Letters of nomination said, “Ms. Chowdhury is a remarkably motivated instructor who is eager, excited, and involved with teaching student skills of subject matter.”


“...I have witnessed Ms. Chowdhury mentoring students and seeking feedback from us to stay vigilant to students’ needs that I believe has greatly improved her teaching style.”


Christine CiscoCivil Service Staff Excellence Award

Christine Cisco, Administrative Aide in Department of Health Education and Recreation

Letters of nomination said, “She absolutely demonstrates excellence in overall work performance, contributes to student success through various efforts, promotes inclusive excellence, and exemplifies professionalism and serves as a positive role model for all constituencies of SIU campus.”


“Christine is the only office staff remaining in HER and has become a responsible office staff for every office duty and responsibility.”


Tina ColsonOutstanding Teaching Award - NTT

Tina Colson, Senior Lecturer in Department of Health Education and Recreation

Letter of nomination said, “I have observed and witnessed how Ms. Colson effectively and efficiently teaches her classes, how friendly and enthusiastically she interacts with her students, how much critical contribution she makes for the success of our program.”


Pejman KamkarianCivil Service Staff Excellence Award

Pejman Kamkarian, Local Area Network Support Specialist II

Letters of nomination said, “Pejman has demonstrated skills in supporting all of our team, and has shown tremendous strengths in adapting to the changing technology “world” and has worked diligently to ensure that our computer software and hardware, network and data conservation are effectively and efficiently administered and managed.”


“Between his technical competency and likeable personality, Pejman is a perfect fit for managing our network computers, as well as our software and hardware.”


Bobbi KnappOutstanding Teaching Award - TT

Bobbi Knapp, Assistant Professor of Sport Studies in the Department of Kinesiology and Program Director for the KIN 210 Diversity in Sport course

Letters of nomination said, “Dr. Knapp has further demonstrated contributions to teaching by directing the departmental program designed to fulfill the University Core Curriculum (UCC) multicultural-diversity requirement.”


“Another form of high quality teaching evidence can be found in the many indirect teaching activities that Dr. Knapp engaged in with her students. These include service on five PhD dissertations, three masters’ thesis, and numerous masters’ research projects.”


Dava RothOutstanding Grad Assistant Teaching Award

Dava Roth, Graduate Assistant in the Department of Curriculum Instruction

Letters of nomination said, “Dava is very personable and engages her students in a way few can. She treats each student as an individual making sure she or he gets the needed help.”


“Personally, Dava is a bright, enthusiastic, and inquisitive individual. She is a devoted educator who has continued to pursue an education and learn new skills and information to help future learners.”