Jennifer Turley, chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Human Performance, and Kirk D. Hagen, chair of the Department of Engineering, will receive their awards April 25 during WSU’s 143rd commencement ceremony.
"Both recipients of this year's honor are shining examples of Weber State University faculty,” said President Charles A. Wight. “Their dedication to their areas of study, their students and this university is an inspiration, and Weber State is extraordinarily grateful for their many contributions."
The WSU Board of Trustees selected the recipients, who each will receive a cash prize of $16,000. The funds, payable over four years, may be used to further professional academic goals. The honorees also will retain the Presidential Distinguished Professor title throughout their tenure with the university, and, upon retirement from WSU, “emeritus” will be added to the end of the title. The professors also will be featured on the Honor Wall for Presidential Distinguished Professors, which is located on the second floor of the Stewart Library in the west atrium.
The recognition was established in 2006 as a way to recognize WSU faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching, scholarship, research and community service. A generous gift from Rodney and Carolyn Brady provides funding for the program. Rodney Brady served as president of Weber State from 1978-85.
Sariah Crowton, who enrolled in Turley’s online Science and Application of Human Nutrition course, admired her professor’s willingness to interact with students.
“She is very knowledgeable and at the same time down to earth,” Crowton said. “She humbly takes time from her busy schedule to stop and help with any questions. Even though it’s an online class, she is always available to help.”
WSU student Heidi Jenkins said her most memorable course from Turley was Food Values and Diet Design, in which Turley wrote the text and essays for the course and implemented the use of iPads to facilitate learning.
Turley received the George and Beth Lowe Innovative Teaching Award and the Exemplar of Technology Delivered Instruction Award in 2005.
Kirk D. Hagen
Weber State alumnus Steven Maughan said that Hagen made him realize that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
“I was blown away by the fact that he singlehandedly authored his textbook ‘Heat Transfer with Applications,’” Maughan said. “The textbook has 676 pages!”
Hagen also served as an inspiration to WSU alumna Camila Coria, who is now a doctoral student at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
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