KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo honors faculty for excellence in teaching, community service, and efforts to promote diversity, at the annual Fall Convocation.
Carol Garber, adjunct professor in humanities, received the Virgil Hunt Distinguished Service Award. Ligaya McGovern, professor of sociology, was honored with the Chancellor’s Diversity Excellence Award. Dmitriy Chulkov, professor of economics and management information systems, received the Claude Rich Excellence in Teaching Award, and was one of six recipients of the Trustees Teaching Award.
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke called the honorees excellent examples of IU Kokomo’s faculty, who are committed to student success.
“We have talented teachers on our campus, who set an inspiring example of scholarship, research, and service for our students,” she said. “It is a joy to celebrate the accomplishments and successes of our faculty members.”
Garber incorporates service into her Freshman Learning Community classes, with students selecting an organization to assist. Through the years, her classes have organized Thanksgiving dinners for low income veterans at Jackson Street Commons in Kokomo, collected supplies for Pals for Paws, run toy drives for children at Riley Hospital for Children, and provided Christmas gifts for residents of a Mental Health Association group home, among other projects.
Garber said she shares the award with all of her former students, for the work they did to serve in their community.
“I am honored to be chosen to receive such a prestigious campus award,” she said. “I have learned that the actions of one individual can make a difference, and that by sharing my passion with others, I can spark their passion for service as well, and raise awareness of specific social issues within our community and the world.”
McGovern is a noted researcher in globalization and international migration, and incorporates that interest into her classes, teaching students about how choices made in first world countries impact workers from third world countries.
She called the award “a challenge to continue thinking and doing diversity,” through action or activism informed by research and scholarship, and taking actions to challenge injustice and advocate for the rights of exploited people.
Sociologists can contribute to transformation by using their scholarship and training to influence policy and to assist organizations taking action, she said.
“Educating for diversity has become even more urgent as nativist ideology and sentiments are resurging not only in the U.S., but in Europe as well,” she said.
This is the second time Chulkov has received the Claude Rich Excellence in Teaching Award and his sixth to be honored with a Trustees Teaching Award. In 2015, he received IU’s oldest teaching award, the Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award.
He said the award is meaningful not only because it is the highest teaching award on campus, but also because faculty members and previous winners make the selection.
“We all do this job for our students and not for the awards, but recognition by this group of excellent teachers is special to me,” he said. “Technology developments and the growth in online courses have changed how I teach, but my focus has always been on getting my students the knowledge and skills they need, while keeping them interested and engaged in my areas of economics and management information systems.”
Additional Trustees Teaching Award recipients included Yan He, information literacy librarian; Angela Heckman, assistant dean of the R.N. to B.S.N. program in the School of Nursing; Tara Kingsley, assistant professor of education; April Mouser, assistant professor of nursing and director of the nursing simulation center; and Gloria Preece, director of the Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Management programs.
The Claude Rich Excellence in Teaching Award commemorates Howard County native Claude Rich, who retired from IU after 44 years of service. The Chancellor’s Diversity Excellence Award is given for endeavors that promote diversity at IU Kokomo. The Virgil Hunt Distinguished Service award honors outstanding service by faculty or staff.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.