At the State of the College event, Dec. 4, 2015, Dean Earlie Washington recognized high-performing faculty and staff with the annual faculty and staff recognition awards.
Cozette Anderson, Occupational Therapy
Customer Service Award
Cozette Anderson’s smile, laughter and positive attitude are contagious in the Occupational Therapy Department. She puts 500% effort into each and every task she takes on. Her creative ideas and attention to detail have led to the development of new electronic filing systems for vast amounts of clinical education data and faster processing time for student affiliation agreements. She has restructured the student affiliation agreement processing system and storage for the department. She developed an enewsletter to communicate updates to our clinical education partners. Cozette anticipates needs and takes initiative.
Jennifer Harrison, Social Work
Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
As a classroom teacher, Jennifer Harrison creates an engaging, open and stimulating learning environment, sharing her own challenges in a way that makes her completely approachable. She is known to bring out the best in students, helping them realize their potential.
Laura Getty, Speech Pathology and Audiology
Professional Instructor Teaching Excellence Award
Laura Getty is an outstanding practitioner and educator who has taught in the Speech Pathology and Audiology Department for more than 10 years. She is an ambassador for the department and for the College of Health and Human Services, teaching students from numerous disciplines and every college across campus. She is a model educator who strives to instill enthusiasm in her students while preparing them for careers in audiology and speech pathology.
Amy Curtis, Interdisciplinary Services Ph.D. Program
Research Excellence Award
Amy Curtis has published 29 peer-reviewed journal articles (15 since 2012) and participated in more than 40 peer-reviewed research presentations in the 10 years she has been at WMU. Many of the articles have been published with current or former doctoral students, demonstrating her commitment to mentoring in and beyond the classroom. Her leadership efforts in diabetes education research and her collaborative work in population mapping studies are just two of the areas where her contributions are recognized.
Richard Grinnell, Social Work
Scholarship Excellence Award
Rick Grinnell is a prolific research professor and writer. He has been in higher education for almost 40 years and has produced approximately 30 publications during the last five years. His publications include several research textbooks that are used nationwide to teach graduate research courses. It goes without saying that his many publications significantly contribute to the national ranking of the WMU School of Social Work.