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Three faculty members tapped for top college awards

Friday, April 18, 2014

Three faculty members have received the College of Human Ecology’s top awards, announced Dean John Buckwalter.

Craig A. Harms, Kim Y. Hiller Connell and Jared Durtschi will be recognized at commencement ceremonies in May and were honored recently at an all-college meeting in Justin Hall.

Harms, professor and associate department head in kinesiology, was tapped for the Myers-Alford Outstanding Teaching Award. He has a national and international reputation for his research in the field of cardiopulmonary exercise physiology and, among faculty and his students, is known as an outstanding teacher. He has “contagious enthusiasm for experimental investigation and the training of students,” one said.

A director of the Human Exercise Physiology Lab, he received a doctorate from Indiana University in exercise physiology and was a post-doctoral fellow in cardiopulmonary physiology at the University of Wisconsin.

Hiller Connell, assistant professor in apparel, textiles and interior design, received the Faculty Research Excellence Award. Her work involves investigating and understanding the scientific processes driving the environmental issues in the apparel textiles industry. Her research and leadership in sustainability is at the forefront in helping an entire industry change its practices to reduce negative environmental and social consequences.

She received her doctorate in human environment: design and management at Michigan State University with a specialization in international development and environmental science.

Durtschi, assistant professor in marriage and family therapy, received the Dawley-Scholer Award for Faculty Excellence in Student Development. “I love…challenging and supporting our students, and helping to lift them to places they never dreamed possible,” he says about teaching graduate students. He teaches advance statistics, clinical theory, clinical supervision and advanced research methods in marriage and family therapy.

Durtschi received his doctorate in marriage and family therapy from Florida State University.

This article was posted on Friday, April 18, 2014, and is filed under Applied Human Sciences, College News, Interior Design and Fashion Studies, Kinesiology.