2017 Faculty Achievement Award Winners Honored at FSU Convocation

May 10, 2017
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2017 Faculty Achievement Award Winners Honored at FSU Convocation

2017 Faculty Achievement Award Winners Honored at FSU Convocation
Pictured, from left, are Faculty Achievement Award winners Dr. Amy Branam Armiento, Dr. Justin Dunmyre and Dr. Gregory Wood.

The recipients of the 2017 Faculty Achievement Awards will be honored at the Frostburg State University Honors Convocation on Wednesday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall at the Performing Arts Center.

This year's recipients are Dr. Amy Branam Armiento, Department of English, for teaching; Dr. Justin Dunmyre, Department of Mathematics, for teaching; and Dr. Gregory Wood, Department of History, for academic achievement. The awards are made possible through generous gifts to the FSU Foundation, Inc.

In addition to the faculty award, outstanding graduating students will be honored at the convocation by their departments for academic excellence and leadership.

In the 11 years that Armiento has taught at FSU, she has consistently received student evaluation scores that exceeded department, college and university averages. As a teacher, she provides avenues for students to engage in unconventional, creative and challenging opportunities outside of the classroom. She has been actively involved in developing classes to support needs of her department, college and students. She succeeded in adding African American Literature to the Identity and Difference category of the General Education Program and she developed and taught two learning communities. Armiento received the Outstanding Mentor Award in 2015, which emphasized her commitment to guiding individual students through personal and academic crises, listening to their ideas and concerns and challenging them to venture into new territory. Through her teaching, she fosters student activism and self-directed learning. Her involvement with students in the Brownsville dedication, the African American Studies Minor, the National Coalition Building Institute and other diversity opportunities further emphasizes her determination and commitment to students.

Dunmyre is a caring and highly effective teacher with a strong commitment to student success. He creates a lively and engaging classroom culture where students are comfortable discussing and presenting solutions to peers. He builds rapport with students quickly, is an incredibly innovative teacher and finds creative ways to include research-based strategies to motivate and improve learning. Dunmyre has been involved in the National Science Foundation-funded grant project TIMES (Teaching Inquiry-Oriented Mathematics: Establishing Supports), collaborating with a group of mathematicians to develop inquiry-oriented materials in an evidence-based way to test potential classroom modifications. Dunmyre manages the Mathematics Department's learning assistant program, is involved with the Center for Teaching Excellence and started a very popular social club called The Dead Poets Society, which encourages problem solving and provides additional support for students in a fun atmosphere.

Wood has shown outstanding performance as an educator and scholar at FSU. He has presented and published numerous scholarly works, including conference papers, book reviews, articles, a book chapter and a book. Wood's new book, titled "Clearing the Air: The Rise and Fall of Smoking in the Workplace," is a study that examines how cigarette smoking among working-class men and women shaped labor-management conflicts, the rise of unionization and social reform movements throughout the 20th century. Wood has been an extraordinarily productive member of the History Department. He has served as the director of the Honors Program since 2014, demonstrating outstanding performance and continuously enhancing the quality of and enrolment in the Honors Program.

For more information on the Faculty Achievement Awards, contact the FSU Office of the Provost at 301-687-4211.

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