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Chemical Engineering faculty honored at 2019 Faculty Awards Convocation

Three Davidson School of Chemical Engineering faculty were recently honored at the Purdue University 2019 Faculty Awards Convocation on May 7. Dr. Stephen Beaudoin, Dr. John Morgan, and Dr. Vilas Pol were recognized at the event, which was held in the Purdue Shively Club in Ross-Ade Stadium.

Three Davidson School of Chemical Engineering faculty were recently honored at the Purdue University 2019 Faculty Awards Convocation on May 7, 2019. Dr. Stephen Beaudoin, Dr. John Morgan, and Dr. Vilas Pol were recognized at the event, which was held in the Purdue Shively Club in Ross-Ade Stadium.

Dr. Stephen Beaudoin, Professor of Chemical Engineering, was recognized for his selection to the Teaching Academy at Purdue. The Teaching Academy strives to bring together the best teaching faculty across campus to create a collective voice for teaching and learning on campus. Faculty are nominated and selected by their peers to join this diverse group. Members in the Teaching Academy contribute in a variety of ways, and with the myriad activities, the program’s primary focus is to increase the effectiveness of all of the faculty at Purdue University.

“I was delighted to be selected to join the Teaching Academy. We all want to be respected for the quality of our work, and this recognition was therefore very satisfying,” said Dr. Beaudoin. “I look forward to getting to know the other members of the Teaching Academy and to working with them to help my colleagues campus-wide to be more effective with their instruction.”

Dr. John Morgan, Professor of Chemical Engineering, was recognized for his selection as a Purdue Insights Forum Fellows. This program focuses on developing leadership skills in faculty who are interested in administration at Purdue, particularly at the Associate Head, Head, Associate Dean, and Center/Institute Director levels. Each participant is paired with an experienced administrator at Purdue who matches his or her career goals. The program is intended to increase the pool of potential leaders at Purdue and expand capacity for leadership development beyond the Big 10 Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Programs.

“The program was instrumental in learning about various leadership strategies, and understanding that effective leadership comes in many forms,” explained Dr. Morgan. “Through several assessment tools and lots of self-reflection, I learned more about the match between my strengths as a leader and future interests.” He also noted that the program was effective for networking, as participants met with leaders from around the University.

Dr. Vilas Pol, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, was recognized for his selection as a University Faculty Scholar. Created in 1998, this program recognizes outstanding faculty members at the West Lafayette campus, who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction. Eligible faculty must hold the rank of tenured associate professor, and must have been at that rank for no more than five years. Faculty scholars are appointed for a five-year term, and receive an annual $10,000 discretionary allocation for support of research.

“It is a great honor to be selected as a University Faculty Scholar,” said Dr. Pol. “The support provided through the program will strengthen current research and development in the battery program.”

Read the Purdue News release about the 2019 Faculty Awards Convocation at https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/purduetoday/releases/2019/Q2/convocation-recognizes-faculty-for-honors,-awards,-teaching-excellence.html