Honoring Excellence

May 28, 2024 Written by Amy Cherry | Photos by Gina Kinderman

Faculty, Staff celebrated with Excellence Awards at All College meeting

Each spring, the College of Health Sciences Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of faculty and staff, highlighting the dedication and innovative spirit that drive CHS forward.  

Sheau Ching Chai, Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Nutrition Sciences and Chair of the Awards Committee, stressed the importance of recognizing excellence on all levels.  

"When people feel appreciated, they are more likely to be engaged, productive, and committed to their roles,” Chai said. “These awards inspire us to strive for continuous improvement and impact in our respective fields and contribute to advancing the college and the wider community."

The 2024 winners were announced at the Spring All College Meeting on May 17.

"Recognizing the exceptional contributions of our dedicated staff and faculty through these excellence awards not only highlights their achievements but also underscores our collective commitment to fostering innovation and academic excellence,” said CHS Dean Bill Farquhar. “These awards celebrate the tireless efforts and unwavering passion that continue to move the College forward.”  

Nancy Getchell (right), Professor of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology (KAAP), received the Excellence in Service Award. Here, Getchell poses with Jocelyn Hafer, Assistant Professor of KAAP and CHS Awards Committee member.

2024 Winners:

Excellence in Teaching Award: David Ebaugh, Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of the Human Anatomy Lab

Excellence in Service Award: Nancy Getchell, Professor of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology

Vijay Parashar (right), Assistant Professor of Medical and Molecular Sciences, received the 2024 Excellence in Research (Assistant Professor) Award.

Excellence in Student Advisement/Mentoring Award: Paula Melancon, Instructor in the Department of Medical and Molecular Sciences (MMSC) and Director of Clinical Education for MMSC

Excellence in Research (Assistant Professor) Award: Vijay Parashar, Assistant Professor of Medical and Molecular Sciences 

Mona Batish (right), Associate Professor of Medical and Molecular Sciences, took home the Excellence in Research (Associate/Full Professor) Award.

Excellence in Research (Associate/Full Professor) Award: Mona Batish, Associate Professor of Medical and Molecular Sciences

Excellence in Mentorship of Faculty Award: Dave Edwards, Unidel Katherine L. Esterly Chair in Health Sciences and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology

Lauren Camphausen (right), Assistant Director of the Master of Public Health in Epidemiology, won this year's Excellence in Clinic/Academics (Staff) Award.

Diversity Advocate Award: Ellen Wruble, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Excellence in Clinic/Academics (Staff) Award: Lauren Camphausen, Assistant Director of the Master of Public Health in Epidemiology


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