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2 faculty earn Centennial Professorships


May 12, 2008

In recognition of excellent teaching and community service, Associated Students of ASU has given the 2008-2009 Centennial Professorship Award to two of their most respected professors, Guy Cardineau of the School of Life Sciences and Kimberly Scott of the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

The two were honored at a reception and dinner April 30. Each received a cash prize of $5,000, plus a stipend of $5,000 to be used for the benefit of students and classroom teaching. They will be asked to give a public lecture during the next school year.

“Competition this year was extremely stiff, with 32 nominations and 16 complete applications, but professor Cardineau and professor Scott stood out among the rest,” says Qiawen Wu, director of the Centennial Professorship search committee. “Their dedication to students was apparent. We would like to commend them on the excellent work they do both in and out of the classroom.”

A committee made up of six graduate and six undergraduate students evaluated the nominees based on teaching contributions, involvement in community service and the impact of intended uses of the award.

Students say Cardineau renders the difficult concepts in microbiology and biotechnology accessible and comprehensible, making sure students understand before moving ahead. He also teaches business and law concepts that have ethical implications in the field, encouraging students to envision the future.

Though he primarily is a researcher, he is strikingly committed to training the next generation of scientists. He is devoted and enthusiastic in his teaching, and he brings experts from industry into the classroom and gives students advice on career development.

Scott’s work focuses on adolescent minority girls, including a project she founded called CompuGirls that brings computer education to minority youths in the Phoenix area. Scott studies the sociology of childhood, race and gender issues in urban elementary schools, and she also mentors a number of students in the DELTA doctorate project.

She encourages young women to become educators who create positive social and community change, and she emphasizes technology skills as a portal to lifelong learning and a successful career.

Cardineau has been at ASU five years, having worked as a researcher in the private sector for 20 years. He has 55 patents worldwide.

In addition to his appointment in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, he is a research professor in the Biodesign Institute and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Scott joined the faculty of the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education two years ago, having been recruited from Hofstra University.

“The Centennial Professorship Award is truly a student award, and a tangible way that we students can give back to the deserving professors who truly hold teaching and community involvement in high esteem,” Wu says. “ASU is quite blessed by professors who show a real joy in their profession. They profoundly influence our lives beyond just academic success.”