CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University's College of Liberal Arts honored top faculty and staff this week during its annual CLA Day.

Award recipients were nominated by their supervisors, colleagues, and students. Dean Larry Rodgers presented certificates to the honorees for their achievements at the event, which was held at Withycombe Hall Theatre. The winners were:

• Marisa Chappell, associate professor of history, was presented the Thomas R. Meehan Excellence in Teaching Award. Chappell was nominated for her innovative methods to engage students in the classroom, which includes activities such as role-playing historical figures and asking undergraduates to perform scholarly research.

• Bryan Tilt, associate professor of anthropology, received the Robert J. Frank Research, Scholarship and Creativity Award. Tilt was nominated for the success of his first book, "The Struggle in Rural China: Environmental Values and Civil Society," and for more than 15 peer-reviewed journal articles. Tilt also has funding from the National Science Foundation for his work on a dam-impact assessment model.

• Janet Lee, professor of women studies, was presented the C. Warren Hovland Service Award. Lee was recognized for helping to build the Women Studies program, and for her leadership as the program melded into the School of Language, Culture, and Society. The award honors Hovland, a faculty member from 1949 to 1986, for his many contributions to the growth and vitality of the College of Liberal Arts.

• Stuart Sarbacker, assistant professor of philosophy, was presented with the Bill and Caroline Wilkins Faculty Development Award. Sarbacker was honored for his scholarly output, which includes one book already published and two in development. Since 2009, Sarbacker has developed five new courses and has plans for more courses focused on the traditions of Islam in south Asia.

• Nathan Walters, who works in student services for the college, received the Carolyn Maresh Professional Staff Award. Walters was recognized for learning and implementing the new MyDegrees program as well as his service as a graduation clerk. The award honors Carolyn Maresh, longtime assistant to the dean of CLA.

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