OGDEN, Utah – Rosemary Conover, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, has been named the 2004 H. Aldous Dixon Award winner in recognition of her outstanding contributions to Weber State University.
The award will be formally presented to Conover at a luncheon in her honor at noon March 8 in the Shepherd Union Ballroom.
Since joining the Weber State University anthropology faculty in 1970, Conover has earned the respect and affection of students, colleagues and the community through her leadership, collegiality and intense dedication to teaching.
She has taught more than 24 different courses to nearly 20,000 students, emphasizing active learning that encourages students to comprehend concepts rather than merely memorize facts.
Conover has chaired the Department of Sociology & Anthropology since 1994. She has been instrumental in designing and implementing several new degree programs on campus, including a bachelor’s degree in anthropology in 2000.
As a scholar, she has pursued research in biological anthropology and linguistics. She has made presentations and published on such diverse topics as human growth and development, gender roles, human biological variation and sociolinguistics. She has shared her expertise with the community, serving as a consultant to the WSU Crime Lab and Ogden Police Department, providing preliminary forensics diagnostics on more than 200 cases in the last 30 years.
Since 1970, the Dixon Award has been presented annually to a member of the WSU faculty or staff who has sought to meet the needs of students and has achieved a meaningful measure of excellence in his or her career. H. Aldous Dixon served as president of Weber College from 1919 to 1920, and again from 1937 to 1953.
The public is welcome to attend the luncheon. Tickets are $12 each and may be purchased online at alumni.weber.org or by calling the alumni center at 801-626-7535 by March 3.
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