Professors Ed Walton, Faye Wachs and Jill Adler-Moore are being recognized for their contributions to the university and academia with the second annual Provost’s Awards for Excellence. The recipients have been bestowed with honors in the areas of teaching, service, and scholarly and creative activity, respectively.
“There is no doubt that these faculty members are among the finest at Cal Poly Pomona and in the CSU,” says Provost Marten denBoer. “With their outstanding achievements in the classroom, in their profession, and in service to the campus and local community, they represent the very best of the university.”
Professor Walton, who joined the chemistry department in 1987, will receive the Provost’s Award for Teaching. He has gained a national reputation for his innovative teaching methods, especially evident in the chemistry course he developed for pre-service K-8 teachers. Throughout his time at Cal Poly Pomona, Walton has partnered with school districts to improve K-12 science teaching. In addition, he was instrumental in establishing the Diversity Ambassador Program, in which students visit historical sites in the South to gain first-hand knowledge about the civil rights movement.
Sociology Professor Faye Wachs is the recipient of the Provost’s Award for Service. She has served on the Academic Senate, the Faculty Affairs Committee of the Senate, and the CLASS curriculum committee. In addition, she is a founding member and current director of the Center for the Study of the Inland Empire. In 2004, she received a three-year grant from the Department of Education to provide physical education resources, staff and training for children in Pomona. Wachs is the current president of the North American Society for Sport Sociology.
Biology Professor Jill Adler-Moore, a prolific researcher, will receive the Provost’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity. During her 38-year tenure, she has been awarded $11.4 million in contracts and grants for basic research, education, and research training. Most notably, she helped develop and patent AmBisome, a novel drug delivery system that has become the international gold standard for treating fungal diseases in humans. She is the founder of the biotechnology program, which includes a bachelor’s and professional science master’s degree programs.
The three honorees will be formally recognized at the 2012 commencement exercises by their respective colleges. In addition, they will present their work and experience at the Provost’s Awards Symposium, scheduled for fall 2012.