Faculty Day Celebrates Dedication to Teaching

More than 100 faculty members gathered for the annual Faculty Day on May 4 in the courtyard behind Building 1 to celebrate their work as teachers, scholars and campus community members.

The Faculty Center for Professional Development organizes the annual event to recognize faculty contributions to Cal Poly Pomona students, the community, and their disciplines.

Peggy Perry, interim director of the Faculty Center, recognized the 2006 CSU Wang Family Excellence Award winner Doreen Nelson, Education professor, and 2006 CSU Wang nominees, Debra Brum, interim vice president for Instructional & Information Technology, and Jill Adler-Moore, Biological Sciences professor. Nelson is one of five CSU system-wide awardees who received $20,000 for pioneering the field of design thinking in education. She developed the nation's first master of arts degree program in education with an emphasis on Design and Creativity: Applying Technology, where students of any age learn to design and construct a city of the future in their classrooms.

Perry also recognized Barbara Hacker's support of the Faculty Center through her tenure as associate vice president for Faculty Affairs for the past three years.

The faculty enjoyed barbecued chicken, baked beans and apple pie catered by Kellogg West, while listening to music by alumnus Vaughn Fahie, who played saxophone and keyboards.

Faculty Day was co-sponsored by the following departments: Faculty Center for Professional Development, Office of Research & Graduate Studies, Center for Community Service-Learning, International Center, University Writing Center, and Instructional & Information Technology Learning.