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2012 Faculty Awards

Faculty from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences were recognized for outstanding accomplishments in teaching, advising, research and engagement at a ceremony held in Caldwell Lounge April 25, 2012. “The range of scholarship represented by these awards demonstrates the breadth of expertise in our faculty,” said CHASS Dean Jeff Braden. “I am proud of all our faculty, and humbled to serve as your dean.”

Ann Ross

University Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award

This award is among the highest honors a faculty member can receive at the university. Ann Ross (Anthropology) received the prestigious award for 2011-2012. Ross manages the internationally-respected Forensic Analysis Lab with colleagues in the Colleges of Textiles and Agriculture & Life Sciences.Her lab has been instrumental in helping investigators use evidence collected from bones of missing persons and of murder victims, so that missing people can be identified and perpetrators of crime can be brought to justice.

Maria Pramaggiore

UNC Board of Governors Teaching Award, CHASS Nominee

Maria Pramaggiore (English) was the CHASS nominee for the university’s most prestigious teaching award. Pramaggiore has been critical to developing film studies at NC State, establishing the B.A. and M.A. film concentrations, and developing and teaching more than 20 different courses. She served as director of the film studies program from 2003 to 2006 and again in 2010/11.

Jim Clark

The William C. Friday Award for Distinguished Service in Retirement

Jim Clark (English) received this honor which is given “for exemplary accomplishments and contributions made during retirement.”  Before he retired in 2005 after a 38-year career at NC State, Clark was awarded the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal of Excellence for his extraordinary record of service to the university and the citizens of North Carolina. His activities have included board involvement with the Paul Green Foundation (President); Friends of the Gregg Museum of Art (President); Thomas Wolfe Student Prize Committee (Chair); and Habitat for Humanity of Wake County (Executive Committee), among others. Clark led the NCSU Humanities Extension Program for many years, enriching the lives of many thousands of children and adults throughout the state with courses in folklore, creative writing, philosophy, and other subjects. In retirement, he has taught Encore classes and led study tours for NC State. And he has taught Life Writing classes in area retirement communities and other locations; his workshops have produced 12 books and booklets, which Clark has edited. As a champion of the state’s 4-H program, he published Clover All Over: North Carolina 4-H in Action in 1984. Last year, he published an expanded edition that covers 4-H’s first century in North Carolina.

University Outstanding Extension Service Award

Jim Horner (School of Public and International Affairs, photo not available) has led and taught extension, engagement, and educational programs for state and local law enforcement officers since 1995, primarily in North Carolina, but also throughout the Southeast. As director of the Public Safety Leadership Initiative, he leads  the Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP) and the Law Enforcement Executive Program (LEEP). More than 1,200 police managers, sheriffs, chiefs, and highway patrol officers have graduated from AOMP, and hundreds have received LEEP certificates.

CHASS Outstanding Extension Service Award

Mary Haskett

Mary Haskett (Psychology) is an engaged scientist whose research extends into the fields of the family and the schools. Her recent work focuses on preventing children from being exposed to violence. She has sought to support the mental health and well being of vulnerable children who have experienced violence and other risk factors such as poverty and homelessness. She has applied her expertise in psychology and mental health and in her research specialties to advocate for safe, stable, nurturing parenting that establishes a positive trajectory for child development and mental health into adulthood.

University Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, CHASS Nominee

Akram Khater

Akram Khater (History) directs the Middle East Studies Program. He is also the director of the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies, for which he has just produced a documentary on the history of the Lebanese community in North Carolina.Khater developed the college’s Middle East Studies minor, for which he arranges campus visits from scholars, musicians, and poets and organizes an annual Middle East film festival. He helped organize an Egypt Study Abroad program. Khater is known as a highly energetic and enthusiastic teacher. His classes are a high-powered experience where students are “challenged to move past immediate reactions and answers, to recognize the improbability or even absurdity of simple explanations in a complex world.”

University Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor, CHASS Nominees

Ted Greenstein

Ted Greenstein (Sociology and Anthropology) won the nomination as the 2012 CHASS Distinguished Graduate Professor. Greenstein directs the sociology graduate program, where he has distinguished himself as a responsive program administrator, a mentor, and an exceptional teacher and researcher. He is known for both his theoretical insights as well as his methodological advances. He focuses on the household division of labor, intersection of perceptions of fairness between marital partners, and gendered ideologies. He has literally written the book on how to do research in family sociology, Methods in Family Research (Sage). He has trained scores of students in sociology of family and in social psychology.  His students have gone on to faculty positions at universities such as Washington State, Oklahoma State, George Mason, and Cleveland State as well as to nonacademic positions at the Research Triangle Institute, among others, and they have become leaders in the discipline.

Chris Anson (English, photo not available) was the second nominee. Anson has distinguished himself as a graduate teacher, mentor, and researcher. He participated significantly in the implementation of the PhD program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media. He has also created and offered 18 different graduate courses, some multiple times, all focusing on research on or the teaching of writing. As one of his colleagues wrote, “Students come to NC State specifically to work with [Dr. Anson], and they are not disappointed. He has endless energy and is one of the most productive scholars I have ever met. To me, and to many other graduate students in our programs, Dr. Anson represents what we hope to be as faculty members: knowledgeable, effective, motivating, engaging, productive, and inspiring teachers and scholars.”


CHASS Outstanding Teaching Awards

CHASS recognizes its outstanding teachers with college-wide awards. Recipients are inducted into the NC State University Academy of Outstanding Teachers. The 2011-2012 Outstanding Teachers are:

Matthew Booker

Matthew Booker (History)






Martha Crowley

Martha Crowley (Sociology and Anthropology)







Shevaun Neupert

Shevaun Neupert (Psychology)







CHASS Outstanding Lecturer Award

Stephen Puryear

Stephen Puryear (Philosophy and Religious Studies)







CHASS Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

Brett Clark

Brett Clark (Sociology and Anthropology) received the CHASS Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. This award recognizes the assistant professor in the College judged to have the most significant professional accomplishments during the first years of his or her career at NC State. Other nominees were Ora Gelley (English), Daniel Gruhn (Psychology), Kami Kosenko (Communication), and Jonathan Wipplinger (Foreign Languages and Literatures).