2005 Faculty Recognition Award Winners

  • Heather Powers

    English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Award Category: Diversity

    Heather Powers is an associate professor in the English Department. She joined IUP in 1999. She received her PhD in 1999 from the University of California–Irving. Her interests are 18th- and 19th-Century British Literature, Critical Theory, Popular Culture.

    Powers is being recognized for the Diversity category. She was nominated by Chauna Craig from the English Department. From the nomination:

    “She successfully integrates the study of many forms of human and social diversity into her English 101 College Writing class. The papers she assigns her students push them to thoughtfully consider the media’s portrayal of types and stereotypes (“family/home”, ideas of the perfect body, race and class, gender and sexuality, etc.). Through class study of advertising, television shows, film, websites and cotemporary essays, her students explore the American diversity of cultures and ideas as well as forces that attempt to homogenize or control those ideas.”

    David Hanauer

    English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Award Category: Innovation

    David Hanauer is an associate professor in the English Department. He joined IUP in 2002. He received a PhD in 1994 from Bar Ilan University. His interests are in First and Second Language Literacy, Literature, Second Language Teaching.

    Hanauer’s award is in the area of Innovation, in particular for his work for the ENGL 101 Basic Writing class for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. Hanauer was nominated by Profesor Claude Hurlbert from the English Department. From the nomination:

    “Dr. Hanauer’s pedagogy dispels the myth that ESL students should be given less intellectually demanding assignments than those given to native English speaking students. Dr. Hanauer’s pedagogy is groundbreaking. The students I observed were animated, participating with energy. Dr. Hanauer’s students were engaged in a variety of high order, complex composing and interpretative processes. They are employing the precision and economy and symbolic processes of poetic language; they are learning the necessities and complexities of expository form, and they are doing advanced discursive and rhetorical analysis.”

    Bill Meil

    Psychology, Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

    Award Category: Content Pedagogy

    Bill Meil is an associate professor in the Psychology Department. He joined IUP in 1998. He received his PhD in 1996 from Washington State University. His interests are research on the neural basis of drug abuse and addiction, Substance abuse and treatment in rural areas, people’s attributions regarding the addictive behavior of others, neurochemical and behavioral effects of neuroleptics, and also variables that influence success in academic job searches

    Meil’s award is in the area of content pedagogy. In particular for his work with the course PSYC 350 Physiological Psychology. Since 1999 he has spent considerable effort in designing the laboratory component for the course in a way that provides the students with an enhanced and hands-on appreciation for the subject. This has lead to having two instructor’s manuals published. One for “The Biological Foundations of Human Behaviour” in 2003 and “Foundations of Physiological Psychology” in 2005.