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Central College Recognizes Outstanding Faculty

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June 17, 2024

Central College presented five faculty members with distinguished awards for their outstanding leadership with students and among peers.

  • Ellie DuPre, professor of biology, received the Frank W. Moore Faculty Award for promoting student learning in the natural sciences division through teaching and/or service over time.
  • Nicole Palenske Ladner, associate professor of biology, received the Huffman Award for Outstanding Support of International Education. This award recognizes the contributions made by Donald and Maxine Huffman to Central’s programs in international education.
  • Brian Roberts, professor of art and a Class of 1992 Central graduate, received the Hutch Bearce Community-Building and Faculty Leadership Award for community building and mentorship or leadership.
  • Mark Thomas, associate professor of philosophy, received the Dr. John Wesselink Award for scholarship with a direct impact on teaching.
  • Jim Zaffiro, professor of political science, received the David Crichton Memorial Teaching Award for excellence in teaching that challenges and shapes the intellectual development in students.

These faculty members were honored during the annual faculty recognition ceremony in April to celebrate the collective teaching, scholarship, creativity and leadership and as well as the end of another academic year.

As Central closed out the academic year, Mary E.M. Strey, vice president for academic affairs, recognized the faculty retiring and who were each granted emeritus status by the Central College Board of Trustees.

  • Tom Linton, associate professor emeritus of mathematics and computer science.
  • Samuel Mate-Kodjo, professor emeritus of Spanish.
  • Jim Zaffiro, professor emeritus of political science.

Photo caption: Central College honors (top row) Ellen DuPre, Nicole Ladner, Brian Roberts ’92, (bottom row) Mark Thomas, Jim Zaffiro.