WSU Recognizes Distinguished Professors
English professor Hal Crimmel, physics professor Adam Johnston and business administration professor Shane Schvaneveldt were selected by WSU’s Board of Trustees for this prestigious honor, which will be awarded at the university’s spring commencement exercises April 26.
Funding for the annual recognition program was made possible by a generous gift from Rodney and Carolyn Brady. Brady served as president of WSU from 1978-85.
“Students, faculty and the community are all enhanced when distinguished professors of this caliber share their passion, dedication and scholarship,” said WSU President Charles Wight. “The university is pleased to honor all three and acknowledge their rich and profound contributions.”
Crimmel has developed a number of dynamic field-based classes that take students into the wilds of Utah, Montana and Colorado. In fall 2013, he will teach a new Environmental Ambassadors course in the Honors Program, which will discuss the theory and practice of sustainability. Crimmel has also been involved in numerous ongoing faculty-student collaborations as chair of WSU’s Environmental Issues Committee.
Crimmel taught internationally as an exchange professor to Shanghai Normal University in China in 2009 and at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, in 2011. He also has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist Peer Reviewer and as chair of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Peer Review Committee for the Rocky Mountain Region.
Adam T. Johnston
For the past six years, Johnston has also made science fun for thousands of children with his engaging Science in the Parks summer series.
Johnston has an extensive list of peer-reviewed publications, invited presentations and other scholarly achievements, including co-founding “Science Education at the Crossroads,” an annual interactive national conference that has advocated for scholarly reform in science teaching methodologies since 2005. He also works closely with other Utah educators to develop professional learning opportunities for teachers and science curricula appropriate for all levels of instruction.
He is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Oregon and holds advanced degrees in physics and science education from the University of Utah.
Business administration professor Shane Schvaneveldt has been connecting Weber State University with the global world of business since arriving in 1992. As part of a multimillion-dollar federal grant program he co-directed, Schvaneveldt contributed to a national initiative for researching Japanese industry and providing related educational opportunities to American students. In that effort, WSU’s John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics joined a network of 12 centers nationwide including from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan and Stanford University.
In the realm of public service, the U.S. Department of Commerce selected Schvaneveldt as a member of the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He also served as president of the Association of Japanese Business Studies.
Schvaneveldt holds a bachelor’s from Utah State University and a master’s and doctoral degree from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Brady Presidential Distinguished Professors
Bradley W. Carroll
Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski
John Mukum Mbaku
Adam T. Johnston
Shane J. Schvaneveldt
Kirk D. Hagen