College Level Outstanding Scholar 2009

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Gordon “Skip” C. Bruner II

Gordon “Skip” C. Bruner II, a professor of marketing in the College of Business, focuses on consumer behavior and technology, scale usage in marketing research, consumer problem recognition and music and marketing.  He has published five books and a book chapter, 39 articles, nine creative/popular works and dozens of cases, proceedings and monographs.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1976 and his master’s degree in 1978, both from Texas A&M University, and his doctorate from the University of North Texas in 1983.

Mary E. McAsey

Mary E. McAsey, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the School of Medicine, focuses on ovarian cancer, uterine fibroids, umbilical cord stem cells and estrogen receptors in the brain.  She has served as principal or co-investigator on 16 grants and published 19 peer-reviewed articles and 60 abstracts.  She also has played a key role in mentoring fellows, residents and students, many of whom have later won local, regional and national recognition for their research.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1975 and her master’s in 1978, both from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and her doctorate in 1994 at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she also served as a post-doctoral fellow.

Jay F. Needham

Jay F. Needham is an assistant professor of radio-television in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts. He spent 13 years as an independent director and producer of commercial video.  His specialties include the sonic arts, acoustic ecology, documentary radio production, radio drama, video art and conservation.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1986 from SIUC and his master of fine arts degree in 1989 from the California Institute of the Arts.

William A. Schroeder

William A. Schroeder, a faculty member in the School of Law since 1984, specializes in criminal law and evidence.  He has published a number of volumes relating to evidence in Alabama, Illinois and Missouri for West, a company serving the legal community, as well as 22 articles and seven op-ed pieces.  As a Fulbright Scholar, he served as a visiting lecturer at Vilnius University and as a visiting professor at Mykolas Romeris University, both in Vilnius, Lithuania.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1966 and his juris doctor degree in 1969, both from the University of Illinois, and he earned a master of law degree in 1977 from Harvard Law School.

Dale H. Vitt

Dale H. Vitt, professor of plant biology and chair of his department within the College of Science, is considered one of the world’s top authorities on peatlands (areas made up of dead plant material that has not decomposed).  Over the last eight years, he has published two books and 39 refereed journal articles.  Annual citations of his work total 98 per year since 1985.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1967 from Southeast Missouri State University and his master’s and doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1968 and 1970 respectively.

Theodore R. Weeks

Theodore R. Weeks, professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts, focuses on nationality and ethnicity in East Central Europe.  His working knowledge of 12 languages allows him access to a broad array of source material not available to most historians.  He has written books on such topics as Czarist policies of “Russification” in the 19th century and the Jewish assimilationist movement and the rise of Jewish identity in Poland.  He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Colorado in 1980 and 1984 respectively, and his doctorate in 1992 from the University of California, Berkeley.

Karl W.J. Williard

Karl W.J. Williard, associate professor of forestry in the College of Agricultural Sciences, focuses on the movement of phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment in agricultural watersheds; quantification of the water quality benefits conferred by buffer strips; the role of invasive, nitrogen-fixing species in nitrogen leaching; and nitrogen biogeochemistry in forested watersheds.  His research has brought in more than $3 million in external support and has resulted in 32 peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters, 59 abstracts, 25 invited talks and 78 presentations at meetings held in settings ranging from regional to international.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1994 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., and his master’s and doctoral degrees in 1996 and 1999, respectively, at The Pennsylvania State University.

Wei Zhang

Wei Zhang is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering.  He has won national and international attention for his work on real-time embedded systems and computer architecture from other researchers, federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, and major corporations such as The Boeing Co. and Lockheed-Martin Corp.  He earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in his native China, and his doctorate in 2003 from The Pennsylvania State University.

All information was current at the time of the award.