Professor Kyle Saunders is the recipient of the 2015 Paul Lazersfeld Best Paper Award in Political Communication to be presented at the upcoming American Political Science Association annual meeting. The paper, “Conspiracy Endorsement as Motivated Reasoning: The moderating role of political knowledge and trust,” is co-authored with Christina Farhart (former MA student) and Joanne Miller, both of the University of Minnesota.
Colorado State University and the Political Science Department lost a good friend to cancer July 30, 2015. Richard “Dick” Hartman earned his M.A. in our department in 1973. His focus was on natural resources and environment and he studied with Professors Norman Wengert, Phil Foss and others. Dick did an internship in the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. He went on to serve as the State Planning Coordinator for Wyoming Governor Ed Herschler and was one of Herschler’s close advisors. Beginning in 1985 Dick was the Union Pacific Railroad Special Representative to the President and Director of Public Affairs for Wyoming and Colorado. According to Professor John Straayer, “He was an extremely well liked and respected presence in governmental circles in both states.”
Political Science Associate Professor Susan Opp has been awarded an American Political Science Association Pracademic Fellowship, supported by the Beryl Radin Pracademic Fund, for the Spring 2016 semester. During this time she will be working with the Office of Policy at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, DC. In this position, Dr. Opp will work with EPA administrators on a variety of projects related to the Sustainable Communities efforts (previously known as the Smart Growth Program). Projects will include technical assistance and outreach to local governments across the United States as well as performance measurement for sustainability efforts.
Steve Mumme was one of several CLA faculty to receive College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Awards at the College’s spring meeting on April 8th. The award will help Professor Mumme complete a book that documents the development of governance of water resources along the U.S.-Mexico border. More specifically, the book examines transboundary water resources management along the United States border with Mexico since the landmark 1944 Water Treaty with Mexico entered into effect in 1945. The project as planned proceeds chronologically, examining the evolution of binational water policy through the lens of policy change theory, social movement theory, and institutional-multilevel governance analysis. The study builds on more than thirty years of scholarship and nearly a hundred published works addressing one aspect or another of border water and environmental management. Few researchers are as well equipped to take on this research challenge.
On April 8th John Straayer received the College of Liberal Arts Distinction in Outreach Award for his work in the department’s internship program at the Colorado General Assembly, for his many speeches to community groups, and for the countless interviews he has done in state, national, and international media outlets. All of these activities provide very positive and high profile advertising for the university. Through these actions, John Straayer meets the achievements and contributions the Distinction for Outreach Award seeks to honor. He enhances the College’s and University’s image by creating sustainable connections with constituencies in the state. His involvement with governmental leaders and students helps the College develop its educational and outreach activities; and he has created a collaborative partnership with Colorado legislative leaders.
Since the legislative internship program was established in 1980, more than 900 students have participated, and it is now recognized as the state’s best. It is estimated that John has made 1,650 trips to Denver, investing 6,000 hours of his time. His “hands on” supervision insures that students are given responsible tasks from which to learn. Since each intern also enrolls in POLS304 (Legislative Politics), students relate their experiences to academic research via research papers and other assignments. John has linked this service with eight professional publications.
Legislators and students alike praise the internship program. Former interns have said:
“The internship changed my life and I cannot wait to see where it leads me in the future.”
“… the highlight of my academic life … I was sad when I had to turn in my badge and walk out of the building one last time.”
“This was one of the best college experiences I’ve ever had.”
Randy Fischer, former representative in the Colorado House of Representatives wrote that “John Straayer’s internship program at the Colorado State Capitol is legendary for its reach, quality, and longevity. This model program has involved hundreds of Colorado legislators in the education of innumerable CSU students over many decades. With Dr. Straayer’s capable nurturing, student interns gain invaluable, real-world experiences during their session-long service at the Capitol. Many of these students have become leaders in their own rights and have multiplied CSU’s reach and impact nationwide. I cannot imagine a more effective program for reaching out, creating partnerships, and building support for CSU.”
The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) has announced seven diverse Global Challenges Research Teams and three Resident Faculty Fellows. The awards, which were selected from a competitive field of proposals submitted during the winter of 2015, are intended to encourage interdisciplinary understanding of complex global environmental issues, foster collaborative cross-campus partnerships, and support sustainability research at CSU.
Charles Davis, was selected as a SOGES Resident Fellow for 2015-1016. Professor Davis’s research will address efforts by federal and state agencies to deal with air quality impacts associated with the production of shale-based oil and gas resources in the U.S.
Political Science faculty are also members of three Global Challenges Research Teams.
Food Systems Research Group. Principal Investigators: Meagan Schipanski and Arathi Seshadri, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences; Cini Brown, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management; Michael Carolan, Department of Sociology; and Robert Duffy, Department of Political Science. This research team will facilitate systems-based research to address the challenge of improving global food accessibility while reducing agriculture’s environmental impacts.
Environmental Justice CSU. Principal Investigators: Tara O’Connor Shelley and Stephanie Malin, Department of Sociology; Dimitris Stevis, Department of Political Science; and Melinda Laituri, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. This research team will work to deepen and broaden the environmental justice community within CSU, establish networks within the region and globally, and demonstrate how and why equity and environmental justice are necessary elements of the study of the environment, public health, and sustainability.
World Wide Views on Climate Change and Energy. Principal Investigators: Michele Betsill, Department of Political Science; Tony Cheng, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship; David McIvor, Department of Political Science. Following the June 6, 2015, World Wide Views on Climate and Energy ‘Day of Deliberation’ event, this GCRT will convene an interdisciplinary team to discuss results from the event and to conduct academic research projects on citizen engagement and public opinion on climate change and energy issues.
Doctoral student, Megan DeMasters, was recently awarded the 2015 Best Student Paper Award in Environmental Studies by the Section on Environment and Natural Resources Administration (SENRA) of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA). Her paper titled, “Treading Water: Implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act” was selected by a panel of 4 judges to be the best paper on an environmental topic submitted by graduate students nationwide.
Ann Gill, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, honored the recipients of the College of Liberal Arts 2013-14 Faculty Awards at the Spring Faculty/Staff Meeting and Awards Celebration on Wednesday, April 23rd at the University Center for the Arts University Dance Theatre. These awards acknowledge the accomplishments and efforts of the outstanding faculty and staff members within the College.
Faculty Development Award
Provides support for outstanding research and/or creative activity for five to seven faculty members per year.
- Karrin Anderson, Communication Studies
- Nathan Citino, History
- Constance DeVereaux, Music, Theatre, & Dance
Curricular Innovation Award
Recognizes faculty innovations in areas including but not limited to program development, instructional methods, service-learning, and technology integration. This is a combined award.
- Kurtis North, Elizabeth Sink, and Amanda Wright, Communication Studies
Distinction in Advancement Award
Recognizes a member of the College who has made outstanding contributions to the fundraising efforts of CLA.
- Sue Pendell, Communication Studies
Excellence in Teaching Awards
Recognizes one outstanding teacher in each of the following categories: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Special & Temporary Faculty, Tenure-Track Faculty, and Tenured Faculty.
- Christopher Blake, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Economics
- Lorella Paltrinieri, Special & Temporary Faculty, Foreign Languages & Literatures
- Maite Correa, Tenure-Track Faculty, Foreign Languages & Literatures
- Kyle Saunders, Tenured Faculty, Political Science
Ann Gill Excellence in Teaching Award
Recognizes two faculty members who are instrumental in students becoming life-long learners, critical/creative thinkers, outstanding communicators/performers, successful in their careers, and engaged and caring citizens of their various communities.
This award is new for 2013-14and was established by CSU alumnus Dennis Repp through a $100,000 gift. This gift will allow the College of Liberal Arts to make two substantial awards each year over a five year period.
- Eric Aoki, Tenure-Track/Tenured Faculty Award, Communication Studies
- Mako Beecken, Non-Tenure-Track Award, Foreign Languages & Literatures
John N. Stern Distinguished Professor Award
Recognizes faculty who have demonstrated exemplary accomplishments in all aspects of their professional responsibilities over an extended period of time.
- Fernando Valerio-Holgiun, Foreign Languages & Literatures
Dean Gill also recognized the College’s 2013 – 2014 retiring faculty and staff:
- Carol Calliham, Philosophy, 29 years of service
- Patricia Coronel, Art, 31 years of service
- Bill Davis, Music, Theatre, & Dance, 30 years of service
- Margaret Gough, English, 21 years of service
- Katie Kiefer, English, 35 years of service
- Jim Landers, Journalism & Technical Communication, 12 years of service
- Lola Logsdon, Art, 14 years of service
- Paola Malpezzi Price, Foreign Languages & Literatures, 30 years of service
- David Milofsky, English, 25 years of service
- Julia Morrigan-McDonough, Art, 38 years of service
- Sue Pendell, Communication Studies, 35 years of service
- Donna Rouner, Journalism & Technical Communication, 27 years of service
- Steve Schwartz, English, 30 years of service
- Stephen Simons, Art, 25 years of service
Congratulations to Professor Courtenay Daum for being named a 2014 Best Teacher Award recipient by the Colorado State University Alumni Association. Professor Daum, who also received the CLA Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008, has an abiding commitment to teaching and to her students. A former student wrote that “Professor Daum was absolutely amazing,” while another noted that “Dr. Daum is an exceptional professor.” Another former student commented that her “influence on my success is unmeasurable, and I truly feel that I would not be where I am today without her inspiring presence.” Yet another said that she “teaches her students how to think, not what to think. Our class discussions were dynamic, thoughtful, and captured what it means to truly teach.”
Professor Daum and the other Best Teacher Award recipients will be recognized in a ceremony on Monday, April 28th, at the Drake Center in Fort Collins.
Congratulations to Professor Kyle Saunders for receiving this year’s College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award for associate professors. Dr. Saunders joined the Political Science Department in 2004 and quickly established his reputation for being an excellent teacher. Kyle’s undergraduate courses have included Introduction to American Politics, U.S. Parties and Elections, and Research Methods in Political Science. At the graduate level he has taught seminars in Citizen Politics in the U.S., Scope and Methods in Political Science, and Quantitative Methods of Research.
Professor Saunders’ students offer the best insight into his teaching. One student wrote “I really enjoyed this class. By far the best Political Science class I have taken.” And it would be difficult to top the enthusiasm (or use of exclamation points) of the student who wrote, “This was the best class I have ever taken!!! The most intellectually challenging!!! Keep it up for future kids. You are the best teacher!!! Give this man a raise!!!”
Dr. Saunders is the latest member of the Department to win recognition for his teaching. Brad Macdonald, Courtenay Daum, and Susan Opp have also received the CLA Excellence in Teaching Award, and emeritus professor Bob Lawrence received the Lory Award for excellence in teaching. Martin Adamian, Dawn King, and John Hultgren each received the CLA Excellence in Teaching Award for graduate teaching assistants while at CSU.
The award will be presented at the College’s spring faculty/staff meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd, from 4 to 5:30 at the University Center for the Arts.