College Level Outstanding Teacher 2008

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Lilly A. Boruszkowski

Lilly A. Boruszkowski is an associate professor in the Department of Cinema and Photography, part of the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate students in her 25 years at SIUC. She also has worked with civil engineering faculty to develop materials for public school children on environmental and water resources engineering. She is a two-degree graduate of Northwestern University, earning her bachelor’s in 1976 and her master’s in 1980.


Bidyut Gupta

Bidyut Gupta is a professor in the Department of Computer Science, part of the College of Science, and director of its graduate program.  He has developed both undergraduate and graduate courses.  He is a two-degree graduate of the University of Calcutta, earning his master’s in 1978 and his doctorate in 1986.


J. Kent Hsiao

J. Kent Hsiao is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering.  A faculty member since 2001, he has taught 10 different courses, including one he designed and two he modified.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1976 and his master’s in 1977, both from Brigham Young University, and his doctorate in 2000 at the University of Utah.


Jean C. Mangun

Jean C. Mangun is an associate professor of forestry in the College of Agricultural Sciences.  Together with a colleague, she developed and runs an environmental awareness program that pairs SIUC forestry students with minority and female high school students in deep Southern Illinois.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1972 from Columbia University.  She is a two-degree graduate of Purdue University, earning her master’s in 1985 and her doctorate in 1991.


Michael D. Michalisin

Michael D. Michalisin, a certified public accountant, is an associate professor in the Department of Management in the College of Business.  He brings professional business and consulting experience, innovative teaching techniques and knowledge of the latest developments in strategic management to the classroom.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1985 from Pennsylvania State University, his MBA in 1992 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and his doctorate in 1996 from Kent State University.


Staci L. Robertson

Staci L. Robertson, assistant professor in the Rehabilitation Institute, part of the College of Education and Human Services, teaches undergraduate and graduate students.  The institute honored her in 2007 as its teacher of the year.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1988 from Illinois State University, her master’s in 1995 from the University of Illinois and her doctorate in 2003 from the Pennsylvania State University.


David E. Sutton

David E. Sutton is an associate professor of anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts.  He is the only anthropology faculty member to develop an online course and an honors course.  He is a three-degree graduate of the University of Chicago, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1985, his master’s in 1987 and his doctorate in 1995.


Stewart P. Wessel

Stewart P. Wessel, associate professor of architecture in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, has twice won teaching honors from his unit.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1983 from SIUC and his master of fine arts degree in 1992 from the University of North Texas.


Amy C. Arai

Amy C. Arai is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology within the School of Medicine.  She coordinates the teaching of material related to the neuro-muscular system to second-year students.  She has developed a Web-based site for tutors in this program, which includes information about scheduling and learning objectives, content material and PowerPoint slides.  She is a three-degree graduate of Japan’s Chiba University, earning her bachelor’s in 1982, her master’s in 1984 and her doctorate in 1987.


Stephanie J. Graves

Stephanie J. Graves, assistant professor in Morris Library’s humanities section, led the team that brought in Meebo, a Web site that lets librarians and users of the major instant messaging systems exchange messages with each other.  The free system has led to a major increase in the number of questions from library patrons.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1999 from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., and her master’s in 2004 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Wenona Y. Whitfield

Wenona Y. Whitfield is an associate professor in the School of Law and the school’s former associate dean for academic affairs.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1970 from Illinois Wesleyan University and her law degree in 1977 from SIUC.


All information was current at the time of the award.