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2016 Rutgers President's Awards

Arts and Sciences faculty and students honored for teaching, research, and service to the community

Womens global health certificate program (l. to r.) Mary Hawkesworth, Monique Gregory, and Mary Kiefer

Members of the university community were honored for excellence in teaching, research, and service at a ceremony hosted by President Robert L. Barchi and the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes, an initiative of the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, presented the Clement A. Price Human Dignity Awards.

See below all the awards earned by Arts and Sciences.


The Warren I. Susman Awards for Excellence in Teaching is awarded to faculty members in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual development of students at Rutgers University.

Camilla Stevens and Thomas Prusa


Thomas Prusa, Department of Economics, was honored in recognition of his innovative curriculum development, his engaging and interactive teaching style, and his dedicated, generous, and highly effective mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, not only during their years at Rutgers but also throughout their lives.

Camilla Stevens, Departments of Latino and Caribbean Studies and Spanish and Portuguese, was honored in recognition of her expansive teaching practice, which includes not only superb teaching, dedicated mentoring, and innovative interdisciplinary curriculum development, but also a deep commitment to student learning that reaches beyond the confines of the classroom and the university campus.   


The Rutgers Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research honors faculty members who have made distinguished research contributions to their discipline or society.

Kenneth d Irvine


Kenneth D. Irvine, Waksman Institute of Microbiology Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, was honored in recognition of his many significant contributions to our understanding of mechanisms that control organ growth and morphogenesis, which have fundamentally enhanced our understanding of basic principles of embryonic development and growth control.


Scott Thomas (not pictured), New High Energy Theory Center Department of Physics and Astronomy, was honored in recognition of his distinguished contributions to theoretical particle physics, including his role in the discovery of the Higgs boson, and his ability to translate the deepest and most abstract ideas in high energy theory into predictive search strategies for experimental confirmation of these ideas.   



The Rutgers Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award honors faculty members who have made outstanding contributions in research and teaching. The award recognizes those who bring together scholarly and classroom activities.

Eviatar Zerubavel

Rosanne Altshuler (not pictured), Department of Economics, was honored in recognition of his pioneering research in econometrics, and his ability to teach state-of-the-art techniques to solve econometric problems and to help students see the value of econometrics in analyzing real world data to address timely economic questions.


Eviatar Zerubavel, Department of Sociology, was honored in recognition of his highly influential intellectual leadership as the founder of the field of cognitive sociology, and of his ability not only to transmit a body of knowledge but also to show students how to think independently and find their own unique voices.




The Board of Trustees Research Fellowships for Scholarly Excellence honors faculty members who have recently been promoted with tenure and whose work shows exceptional promise.

Erin Vogel

Erin R. Vogel, Department of Anthropology, was honored in recognition of her wide-ranging contributions to primate ecology and energetics, particularly her theoretical and methodologically sophisticated studies of the dietary habits of orangutans, which have reshaped evolutionary theory.








The Rutgers College Class of 1962 Presidential Public Service Award honors members of the faculty, student body, or staff for volunteer service to government, professional and scholarly organizations, or the public. 

Carlos Decena

Carlos Decena, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies; and Associate Professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, was honored in recognition for advancing the boundaries of scholarship and research in Ethnic, Queer and Spiritual Studies; and for initiating interdisciplinary collaborations between the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico and the Institute for Research on Women (IRW), Rutgers University; for leadership beyond Rutgers as President of the new National Latino Studies Association and as a; Fulbright specialist in Women’s Studies at the Centro Latino-Americano de Economía Humana.






Edward Ramsamy

Edward Ramsamy, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies, was honored in recognition for outstanding leadership in developing significant academic programs with and for students that advance diversity, equity and inclusion; and distinguished scholarly research on globalization, identity politics, Indian resistance in South Africa, and the history of the civil rights movement in the U.S. 








The Ernest E. McMahon-Class of 1930 Award is funded by the Class of 1930 of Rutgers College and is given to an individual or a group that has made a significant and creative contribution to the extension of the educational resources of the university to the people of New Jersey. 

The Women's Global Health Certificate Program, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, and Mary Hawkesworth, Monique Gregory, and Mary Kiefer (below left to right), were honored in recognition of the Program’s significant and creative contributions to the extension of the University’s educational resources through its partnership with National Nurses United, and its use of creative technologies to foster critical engagement and intergenerational respect between Rutgers students and nurses and health care professionals across New Jersey and beyond.

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