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St. John Fisher College Faculty Honored for Achievements

05/12/2011


St. John Fisher College Faculty Honored for Achievements

St. John Fisher College recently honored four faculty with prestigious awards over Commencement Weekend.

Dr. David Baronov, Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department in the School of Arts and Sciences, received the Trustees' Award for Distinguished Scholarly Achievement. This award is the highest honor that the Board of Trustees can bestow on a faculty member, second only to an honorary degree. It is given to no more than one full-time faculty member each year in recognition of outstanding scholarly work, ranging from writing books and articles, to presenting papers at professional conferences.

Baronov is a prolific scholar with an impressive record of publications since he joined the College as a full-time faculty member in September 1999.

He has published three books and more than 15 journal articles and book chapters, and is the sole author on all but one of the publications. In the past three years, he has published one book, one book chapter, two journal articles of substantial length, and presented six peer-reviewed conference papers at national and international meetings, along with a number of invited presentations.

The primary focus of his work has been examining varying aspects of developmental sociology in the context of globalization and patterns of colonial and neocolonial domination. His current research focus is on patterns of cultural exchange within the global capitalist system.

To date, Baronov's most important work is his book published in 2008 entitled The African Transformation of Western Medicine and the Dynamics of Global Cultural Exchange.

Dr. Oliver Griffin, Assistant Professor of History, was the recipient of the Award for Teaching Excellence, which is given annually to a full-time faculty member for outstanding work in the classroom. Award recipients must demonstrate thorough knowledge of their subject matter, solid preparation for class, clear and effective communication, and genuine enthusiasm for their job.

Griffin has been at the College since 2003. He has also taught history at Colgate University and Weber State University. In addition, he has published several articles and reviews, and has received numerous honors and academic awards.

Dr. Tamara Clingerman, Group Counseling Instructor in the Mental Health Counseling program, received the Part-time Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. This award honors an individual who demonstrates outstanding teaching ability and who works in a part-time capacity at Fisher.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Clingerman served as a mental health counselor in the College's Wellness Center from 2006-2010. She has also published two articles for industry publications.

The Academic Advisor Award, given to a faculty member whose academic advising services are considered to be exemplary by peers and students, was awarded to Tracy Harbin, Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Harbin has been a Fisher faculty member since 2008, and before joining the College full-time, she served as a visiting assistant professor. In addition to her academic advisor role, she serves as faculty advisor for the Women's Rugby Team, Model UN, and the EuroSim, an annual event which takes place over the course of four days and involves students from U.S. and European universities.


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