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The Faculty-Staff Newsletter, e-mail edition
Santa Clara University, October 2, 2006, Vol. 7, No. 2


Faculty Awards Information

The Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence was established by the Brutocao family to honor those teachers who have made a difference in students’ lives by challenging their students in diverse ways and who have exerted a major influence over their intellectual and moral development. In short, teachers who have made an imprint on students that is felt years after graduation. For this award, Santa Clara’s highest teaching award, nominations are solicited not from faculty, but from students and alumni. The Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence this year is presented to a master teacher. This professor often teaches beyond the classroom: he seizes every opportunity to introduce students to real life issues related to his field. He recently spent an evening discussing the “physics of falling” with a group of students before they left for a skydiving trip. This professor was honored last year with a national teaching award: he received the Professor of the Year award for the State of California, from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence is awarded to Phil Kesten of the Physics Department.

The Brutocao Award for Curriculum Innovation honors faculty who have brought to the classroom new approaches to teaching and to learning and whose ideas and innovations can be applied by colleagues in their teaching. The Brutocao Award for Curriculum Innovation this year is presented to two professors who developed an innovative course for undergraduates called “Ethical Issues in Biotechnology.” Team-taught by professors in Biology and Religious Studies, this interdisciplinary course trains students both in rigorous science and in social and ethical inquiry. Groups of students from the class have presented research posters focusing on genetic profiling, reproductive cloning of humans, and embryonic stem cell research to the University community and to the SCU board of trustees. The Brutocao Award for Curriculum Innovation is presented to Leilani Miller of Biology and Margaret McLean of Religious Studies.

The Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship recognizes a tenured faculty member or senior lecturer whose scholarly or creative work over the previous five years of teaching at Santa Clara University represents a major contribution to a field of knowledge or to the arts.

The recipient of the University Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship has been extraordinarily prolific during the past five years. He has received four significant grants, including an NSF CAREER grant and a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. He has published seven major research papers in top journals. Nine Santa Clara undergraduates are co-authors on these publications. This professor has shaped his discipline through his research in bioactive peptides (very small proteins). The Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship is presented to Michael Carrasco of the Chemistry Department.

The Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship is the University’s highest award for scholarly achievement. Its purpose is to recognize the outstanding achievements of a faculty member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in scholarly or creative work and who has been a member of the faculty of Santa Clara University for a minimum of ten years. The faculty member receiving the Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship has been at Santa Clara for 23 years. He has published a large body of significant scholarly work. His publications include 18 books, 39 articles in peer reviewed journals, and 11 book chapters. Integrating empirical research with clinical observation and practice, his publications focus on fatherhood, men and mental health, family therapy, and hypnosis. His best selling title is “When Men are Pregnant.” The recipient of the Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship is Jerrold Lee Shapiro of the Counseling Psychology Department.

There are four President’s Special Recognition Awards this year.

Denise Carmody: Denise Carmody began her career at Santa Clara teaching in 1994 and has significant record of scholarship; she has continued her scholarship even with a heavy administrative load, so she is a teaching scholar who became an administrating scholar. She held the Bernard J. Hanley Professorship from 1994 to 1997 and has held the Santa Clara Jesuit Community Professorship. She served as department chair for Religious Studies for six years. In 1995 she was honored with the John Courtney Murray Award for Excellence in Theology by the Catholic Theological Society of America. An accomplished scholar and theologian, she has published more than 60 books, among them Christianity: An Introduction which she co-authored with her husband, John Carmody.

Her scholarship ranges across many areas from world religions to Christian theology, from spirituality to mysticism, and from comparative religion to systematic theology. Her long and sustained scholarship, even while an administrator, is represented by works such as Undergraduates and Theology: Why Bother? and her recently revised Ways to the Center: An Introduction to World Religions.

Denise has served as Provost since 2000. Among her many accomplishments, the new Sabbatical Policy, both innovative and generous, is perhaps most noteworthy for faculty. She has also wholeheartedly supported the Residential Learning Communities. These are only two examples of her many contributions to Santa Clara during her six years as Provost.

Mary Emery: Mary Emery has served the University remarkably well for 43 years. She has personified the qualities of conscience, competence and compassion, long before they became part of Santa Clara’s Vision Statement. Her unflagging dedication to advancing the interests of the University is unmatched, both in terms of tenure and tenacity. This recipient was one of the first two women to graduate from the law school; she and her classmate were readily noticeable on campus, as this was long before women were admitted to the undergraduate program. To describe her as a pioneer is not an understatement. She was also one of the first women on the law faculty, which she joined shortly after graduating in 1963. She has received special recognition from the Student Bar Association as well as having been named the Owens Lawyer of the Year here at Santa Clara University.

She has also been recognized outside the university, receiving the Community Service Award from Women in Law. In her field, she has served on numerous boards: the Santa Clara County Board of Parole Commissioners; the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society; the provincial development board for the Sisters of Notre Dame; the board of directors of a youth shelter; and the board of directors of United Way.

Currently this Professor of Law is not just the Director of the Law Library but also an Associate Dean. Yet the titles don’t convey the many and varied roles she has played as head of law school admissions, scholarship policy and awards, and most importantly as a key advisor to five law school deans and many law faculty members. The law school and the university have benefited greatly from her care, love and attention.

Tammy Madsen: Tammy Madsen arrived on campus in 1999. Most recently she has received the Dean’s Extraordinary Performance Award for Teaching, Research & Service in the Leavey School of Business – as she has for the past four years! — but even early in her career earned such honors as being named the Dean Witter Foundation Fellow.

Her teaching is exemplary. She has consistently been one of the highest ranked teachers, including her teaching the capstone course required of all MBA students. Just this summer she has taken a group of MBA Students to China -- to Beijing and Shanghai -- on a study tour for investigating cross-cultural issues in organizational design and strategy.

The Western Academy of Management named her an "ascendant scholar" in recognition of the quality and trajectory of her scholarship. An STS Scholar and recipient of grants from the Center for Multicultural Learning, she's been on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Management and Organization Science,and has edited a special issue for the Strategic Management Journal. She has annually received the Business Policy and Strategy Division's award as an Outstanding Reviewer. This recipient herself has been published in journals such as these--titles such as “Knowledge Retention and Personnel Mobility: The Non-Disruptive Effects of Inflows of Experience.”

Her service to her department has also been exceptional. She has chaired her department’s search committee for new faculty, serves on the MBA leadership team, has chaired the doctoral consortium for the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management, and has regularly contributed to their program. She will take over leadership for her department in 2007.

Samiha Mourad: The fourth and final Presidential Special Recognition award goes to a professor who came to Santa Clara University in 1989, the recipient of the first Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship. In 1998 she received the Researcher of the Year award in the School of Engineering. Subsequently, in 2002 she was awarded the William and Janice Terry Chair in engineering.

Sami has chaired the department of Electrical Engineering since Fall 2003 and has taken a leading and exemplary role in improving the graduate curriculum. She culled out low-enrollment courses, established dependent course sequences and their timing, and organized the department and its faculty around three core areas of electrical engineering on which to base both curriculum and faculty research.

In addition to considerable service contributions, Sami maintains a vibrant research portfolio. Her research focuses on testing integrated circuits and designing them for testability. In the last five years, she has published more than a dozen journal papers, nearly twenty conference papers, chapters for two handbooks, and a book on testing integrated circuits.

Further, Sami has pioneered a design approach called Design for Test, by which designers incorporate testability features into their chip designs in order to help increase yield and prevent the shipping of defective chips. Sami and her graduate students have filed invention disclosures for their innovations, and her students have grown professionally from their learning under her.

Sami models what it is to be a teacher-scholar. For her contributions to teaching, scholarship, and service, she receives this award.